Ghetto Celebrity by Donnell Alexander
Searching for My Father in Me

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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 pimpin’ them hoes to preaching the gospel—but skipped out on fatherhood when his son was in diapers. Donnell unwittingly replayed Delbert’s tragedy as farce until he finally wrote himself his own story, becoming a star of California’s freewheeling alternative press, spreading the gospels of punk and hip-hop in print. After finding a career and starting a family of his own, Donnell was drawn to reconnect with the vanished Delbert, and when he did, things fell apart, as they tend to in the grip of ghetto celebrity.

Told in multiple voices, freestyle raps, and a graphic interlude, this is the riotous 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.

About Donnell Alexander

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Donnell Alexander was born and raised in Ohio, where he was a member of the state champion 1982 Sandusky Blue Streaks cross-country team. He attended Sacramento City College and Fresno State University for higher learning and did mad journalism all up and down the great West Coast. After a hot minute in New York, he’s back in Los Angeles, working as much as he can stand to. Dude is thinking about maybe going to film school. And he parties like a champ.
Published June 10, 2003 by Crown. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Although Alexander's mother called her son's wild temper "the Delbert in him," the memoir eventually identifies that quality as his unrelenting desire to reinvent himself, to hustle the system even when he hurts those closest to him and grinds himself down in the process.

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One dubious perk of growing up in the ghetto of small-town Sandusky, Ohio -- ''the little, out-of-the-way hoods,'' Donnell Alexander explains in his blustery though occasionally moving bildungs-memoir, ''are actually, like, extra-ghetto'' -- is the chance to later land a lucrative gig as a gloss...

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