The Controversial New Memoir of Fathers and Sons
Ghetto Celebrity named one of the San Francisco Chronicle's Best Books of 2003!!!
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“Once in a great while a writer comes along whose story—and sound—is so unique and wonderful that they change everything, from the way you read to the way you look at the world. Donnell Alexander is one of those writers. “

Philadelphia Weekly

Donnell Alexander grew up sideways in the cramped spaces of Sandusky, Ohio, the son of a devout mother and a dad named Delbert, a protean genius who jacked a thousand identities—from pimping to preaching—but skipped out on fatherhood when his son was in diapers. Told in freestyle lyrics, comic book graphics, and transcendent prose, Ghetto Celebrity is the (mostly) true story of one writer’s mission to find truth in the margins and an engrossing tale about phantom fathers and the sons they leave behind.

“Pitch-perfect freestyling prose . . . a haunting story of survival and near redemption.”Washington Post

“An indispensable book.”Dave Eggers

“If Eazy-E had written Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, it would have been this book.”Neal Pollack

“His writing is exceptional. . . . [Alexander] is a gifted linguist who tempers his street smarts with lyricism.”L.A. Times

“Alexander’s voice is engaging, his persona extremely likable.”San Francisco Chronicle

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DONNELL ALEXANDER was a staff writer at ESPN: The Magazine and has contributed to McSweeney’s, The Source, VIBE, and other publications. He lives in Los Angeles.

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