Fire Shut Up in My Bones

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9780544570115: Fire Shut Up in My Bones

New York Times Notable Book | Lambda Literary Award Winner | Long-listed for the PEN Open Book Award

“Charles Blow is the James Baldwin of our age.” — Washington Blade

“[An] exquisite memoir . . . Delicately wrought and arresting.” — New York Times


Universally praised on its publication, Fire Shut Up in My Bones is a pioneering journalist’s indelible coming-of-age tale. 

Charles M. Blow’s mother was a fiercely driven woman with five sons, brass knuckles in her glove box, and a job plucking poultry at a factory near their segregated Louisiana town, where slavery's legacy felt close. When her philandering husband finally pushed her over the edge, she fired a pistol at his fleeing back, missing every shot, thanks to “love that blurred her vision and bent the barrel.” Charles was the baby of the family, fiercely attached to his “do-right” mother. Until one day that divided his life into Before and After—the day an older cousin took advantage of the young boy. The story of how Charles escaped that world to become one of America’s most innovative and respected public figures is a stirring, redemptive journey that works its way into the deepest chambers of the heart.

“Stunning . . . Blow’s words grab hold of you . . . [and] lead you to a place of healing.” — Essence

“The memoir of the year.” — A. V. Club

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Book Description :

HMH hardcover, 2014, 978-0-544-22804-7

From the Author :

"This is a story that builds and overwhelms; it's filled with a gathering roar, like an oncoming hurricane [until] the tension explodes...and drops into a quiet sea of inner peace....The conflicts central to humanity are reconfigured here as fields of simple possibility:  of compromise, of forgiveness, of eternal incompletion, of the fire unleashed at long last from our bones."--Sunday New York Times Book Review

"[An] Exquisite memoir...Delicately wrought and arresting in its language, this slender volume covers a great deal of emotional terrain -- much of it fraught, most of it arduous and all of it worth the trip."-The New York Times
"Searing and unforgettable."--People Magazine

"Blow tells his story with searing honesty and probing self-reflection..."--Boston Globe

"Honest and artful...Fire Shut Up in My Bones is an honest reflection of a life. Blow has taken the time to describe -- often in loving detail -- what people and places look like, giving the reader's visual imagination plenty to work with as he contemplates crucial life questions that this story so eloquently articulates."--Chicago Tribune

"A searing and evocative portrait of growing up black in the rural South...deserves a place on the shelf next to Richard Wright's classic memoir Black Boy."--Dallas Morning News

"Gorgeous words...akin to being wrapped in rich cashmere that softens a hit with a sledgehammer now and then.  Look for this book -- not so much for the story (which is still really good), but for the lushness of its words. Then be prepared: Fire Shut Up in My Bones will leave you breathless."--Philadelphia Tribune

"Stunning
...Blow's words grab hold of you like a fever that shakes you up at first but eventually leads you to a place of healing."--Essence

"Brilliant"--Ebony

"The most compelling read of the fall and the kind of book that will inspire you to turn off the TV and curl up in front of the fire instead." -- BET

"Charles Blow is the James Baldwin of our age."--Washington Blade

"Searing...A raw, intense and often powerful book"--Salon

"Unabashedly honest" -- Mother Jones


"Fire Shut Up in My Bones cloaks its gut-wrenching honesty in lyrical prose."--Goodreads

"Blow masterfully evokes the sights, sounds and smells of rough-and-tumble, backwater Louisiana...a well-written, often poetic memoir"--Kirkus

"Blow's genius lies in his ability to touch us, as the best writing always does."--The Root

"Fire Shut Up in My Bones is a remarkable twist on the classic rags-to-riches saga, written with considerable psychological insight and great honesty about the unhappy motivations that can lurk behind ambition."--Memphis Commercial Appeal

"Exquisitely written, and powerfully, painfully, and poignantly honest, the memoir is an illuminating, and, ultimately, uplifting account of poverty, spirituality, race and sexuality - and of the lies boys tell, to themselves and to others."--Florida Courier

"Ah -- the joy of beautiful writing -- of words strung like pearls on a silken thread, perfectly matched, each in its rightful place -- glowing with perfection. Such are those spread across the pages of this heart-breaking, uplifting memoir"--The Pilot
"... breathtaking, heartbreaking, and illuminating memoir..."--The Advocate
"Stunning, searing...introspective and poetic...an essential work of autobiography."--BookPage

"Ferocious...will leave a lasting impression on every reader that picks up this book...There's no greater urge for a writer than to write his or her own story, and Blow accomplishes that feat with heartbreaking beauty."--Writer's Bone

"Fire Shut In My Bones is a piece of modern literary art...eye opening and profoundly moving."--Southern Literary Review

"New York Times opinion columnist Charles Blow has written what may be the memoir of the year (sorry, Amy Poehler)...This is a singular story, for certain, but it's also a resonate coming-of-age narrative and a stunning testimony on what life was to be young, lonely, and black in 1970s rural Louisiana."--A.V. Club

"This audiobook is a welcome exception to light, and overly hopeful, memoirs. The author...is unsparing in his truthfulness and emotion...The importance of the book is that it's Blow's story, and he makes it sound personal. He creates a vivid world that is captivating and absorbing."--AudioFile Magazine

"Passionately written"--Culture Vulture

"Poetic..."
--Scribd

"A powerful memoir"--Nick Kristof

"Beautiful work!"--John Legend

"So incredible, so poignant, so powerful, so inspirational and it's a really phenomenal read."--Solange Knowles

"Powerful...Charles Blow sculpted the prose of every paragraph with human poetry... That's how beautiful his memoir sings"--Mara Brock Akil

"A breathtaking piece of writing."--Andy Rosenthal

"An instant classic"--Marc Lamont Hill

"This gorgeously written book damn near broke my heart. I cried several times. Love love love it."--Capricious Reader

LISTS:

100 Notable Books 0f 2014---New York Times Sunday Book Review

New York Times Best Sellers (Monthly lists: Relationship, Family, and Race/Civil Rights)

New York Times Sunday Book Review Editors' Choice

Best Books of 2014 (Nonfiction)--Publishers Weekly

Our Favorite Books of the Year/Best of 2014--A.V. Club

2014 Best Books of the Year--Shelf Awareness

The 19 Best Nonfiction Books of 2014--BuzzFeed

The 25 Best Book Titles of 2014--BookPage

The Best 15 Nonfiction Books by Black Authors in 2014--The Root

Best of 2014--Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

"Favorite books," 2014 Holiday Newsletter--Politics & Prose

Top 10 Books of the Fall, 2014--New York Observer

Top Picks in Biography, Fall 2014--Barnes & Noble

Lettres October 2014 Readers' Prize book--Elle Magazine

Power List-Fall 2014--African-American Literary Book Club

Notable African-American-Interest Titles, Fall 2014-Spring 2015--Publishers Weekly

Five Books to Watch for in September, 2014--BookRiot.com

5 Books That Should Be On Your Radar, September 2014--WritersBone.com

November 2014 Indie Next List--IndieBound

African American Lives: Books for February, Black History Month--Library Journal

"Some of Our Favorite Titles of 2014"--Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

Holiday Reads, 2014--Harvard Book Store with 826 Boston

Best Books of 2014--Berkeleyside

Best Books of 2014--Mosaic literary magazine

Top 10 Books of 2014--Outlandic

The Top Ten Best Nonfiction Books of 2014--Entertainment Monthly, Emerson University

Pierce County Library's Best Books of 2014--Bonnie Lake Courier-Herald, Washington

Scene Reviewers Favorite Books of 2014 (Noted With Pleasure)--Nashville Scene

"Good Reads That Make Great Gifts"--L Style G Style Holiday Guide, 2014

"Top 100 Books of 2014"--Conversations Book Club

"15 books we can't wait to read in 2015"--The American Library in Paris

Best of 2014, Nonfiction--Detroit Public Library, 2015 Booklist

Self-Renewal & Youth Development Reading list--John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities, Stanford Graduate School of Education

18 Must-Read LGBT Books We Missed Last Year--The Advocate, April 2015

"These Queer Black Writers Deserve Your Attention"--Queerty

New and Noteworthy, April 2015--Scribd

Your 2015 Summer Impact Reading List - Net Impact

Honoring Black Writers: 25 Books For Your Summer Reading, 2015 - The Grio

16 books For the Perfect Southern Summer Reading List, 2015 -- AL.com (Alabama Media Group)

22 Books by Black Authors to Add to Your Beach Bag This Summer--Blavity

Pride Month Reading List, 2015--National Book Foundation

Progressive Pick -- Truthout.org

AWARDS:
WINNER: Lambda Literary Award--Bisexual Nonfiction, 2015

WINNER: Ann M. Sperber Biography Award
--
Best biography/memoir of a journalist, 2015

WINNER: African-American Literary Awards Show--
Best biography/memoir, 2015

FINALIST: Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Legacy Award --
Nonfiction, 2015

Bisexual Book Awards Finalist
--
Bisexual Nonfiction, Bisexual Memoir/Biography and Bi Writer of the Year, 2015

PEN Literary Awards Longlist
--Open Book Award, 2015

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