#ReadSoulLit Photo Challenge – Day 4


Bookish Stuff / Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Day 4 – Poignant (Auto) Biography:

Today the photo challenge is focussing on life.  Those stories that leave us feeling moved and make us thinkIMG_1338 about the difficulties of living it.  I thought of so many that I’m sure you’ve already heard of, so for the sake of
introducing something new that might spark your interest in African-American memoirs, I’m recommending Buck: A memoir by MK Asante.  He writes his story with a lot of passion and lyricism. It’s like reading music. If you’re interested in reading how someone who was spiralling downward manages to take control of his life through his discovery of art, music, and the desire to create, you should check this one out.  It is remarkable and talented with a hip-hop flair.

“MK Asante was born in Zimbabwe to American parents: his mother a dancer, his father a revered professor.  But things fell apart, and a decade later MK was in America, a teenager lost in a fog of drugs, sex, and violence on the streets of north Philadelphia.” (Dust jacket, Buck)

 

9 Replies to “#ReadSoulLit Photo Challenge – Day 4”

  1. I would recommend, The Measure of a Man by Sidney Poitier. A very amazing book about a wonderful man.
    I have never heard of Buck but I am adding this to my list right now. Thank you.

  2. […] Buck – “MK Asante was born in Zimbabwe to American parents: a mother who led the new nation’s dance company and a father who would soon become a revered pioneer in black studies. But things fell apart, and a decade later MK was in America, a teenager lost in a fog of drugs, sex, and violence on the streets of North Philadelphia. Now he was alone—his mother in a mental hospital, his father gone, his older brother locked up in a prison on the other side of the country—and forced to find his own way to survive physically, mentally, and spiritually, by any means necessary. Buck is a powerful memoir of how a precocious kid educated himself through the most unconventional teachers—outlaws and eccentrics, rappers and mystic strangers, ghetto philosophers and strippers, and, eventually, an alternative school that transformed his life with a single blank sheet of paper. It’s a one-of-a-kind story about finding your purpose in life, and an inspiring tribute to the power of education, art, and love to heal and redeem us.”(Buck, inside flap description) […]