Just picked up this book, Losing My Cool, by Thomas Chatterton Williams. Came highly recommended by the staff at Esowon Books in L.A.
It's a memoir and inspirational story about a young man's struggle with street credibility and book credibility. The tagline says it all -- how a father's love and 15,000 books beat hip-hop culture.
Check out this promo clip on YouTube, featuring the author and his father, or this NPR interview.
Looking forward to reading this one... and sharing it with the young people I work with at the school. I think you'll enjoy this one too.