#ReadSoulLit Photo Challenge Day 6 – A Modern Classic

This is one of the few vintage Signet editions left from my family’s book collection. It reminds me of my Uncle Lawrence. RIP.  He talked a lot about Claude Brown and this book. I’m due for a reread of Manchild in the Promised Land. I read it the year I graduated from high school and was completely blown away by it.  I then understood a lot better some of the things my uncle was always talking about.  Poignant and inspiring with plenty of lessons to be learned by all, it’s a must read!

“Claude Brown is a black man who made it out of the ghetto who pulled himself up from Harlem, from the gang wars, the crime, the dope pushing to become a law student at one of America’s leading universities.  Mantled in the Promised Land is his story.  It is one of the most extraordinary autobiographies of our time.”  (back of paperback, Manchild in the Promised Land)

Manchild in the Promised Land – Claude Brown, paperback, 429 pages (A Signet Book)

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#ReadSoulLit Photo Challenge – Day 4

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)