From Grand Central Publishing:
"Reminiscent of the classic Random Family and The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace, but told by the man who lived it, The Cook Up. is a riveting look inside the Baltimore drug trade portrayed in The Wire and an incredible story of redemption.
The smartest kid on his block in East Baltimore, D. was certain he would escape the life of drugs, decadence, and violence that had surrounded him since birth. But when his brother Devin is shot-only days after D. receives notice that he's been accepted into Georgetown University-the plans for his life are exploded, and he takes up the mantel of his brother's crack empire. D. succeeds in cultivating the family business, but when he meets a woman unlike any he's known before, his priorities are once more put into question. Equally terrifying and hilarious, inspiring and heartbreaking, D.'s story offers a rare glimpse into the mentality of a person who has escaped many hells." Read an excerpt of The Cook Up.
"D. Watkins is a columnist for Salon. His work has been published in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Aeon, AlterNet, The Guardian and other magazines. He holds a Masters in Education from Johns Hopkins University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Baltimore. He is a college professor at Goucher University and has also been the recipient of numerous awards including a BMe fellowship, Baltimore Magazine's "Best Writer," award for 2015, and The Baltimore Business Journal's 40 under 40 list. He has lectured at countless, universities, events and programs around the country. Watkins has been featured on Meet the Press and has been a reoccurring guest on CNN, NPR's Monday Morning, Tell Me More, Huff Post Live and The Marc Steiner Show who described Watkins as being "A brilliant phenomenon that needs to be heard." Watkins is from and lives in east Baltimore." You can connect with D.Watkins on his website and follow him on Twitter.
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