Fire Shut Up in My Bones

Blow, Charles M.

Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014
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Synopsis: A gorgeous, moving memoir of how one of America's most innovative and respected journalists found his voice by coming to terms with a painful past
New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow mines the compelling poetry of the out-of-time African-American Louisiana town where he grew up -- a place where slavery's legacy felt astonishingly close, reverberating in the elders' stories and in the near-constant wash of violence.
Blow's attachment to his mother -- a fiercely driven woman with five sons, brass knuckles in her glove box, a job plucking poultry at a nearby factory, a soon-to-be-ex husband, and a love of newspapers and learning -- cannot protect him from secret abuse at the hands of an older cousin. It's damage that triggers years of anger and searing self-questioning.
Finally, Blow escapes to a nearby state university, where he joins a black fraternity after a passage of brutal hazing, and then enters a world of racial and sexual privilege that feels like everything he's ever needed and wanted, until he's called upon, himself, to become the one perpetuating the shocking abuse.
A powerfully redemptive memoir that both fits the tradition of African-American storytelling from the South, and gives it an indelible new slant.

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

" 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

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

AWARDS:

PEN Literary Awards Longlist
--Open Book Award, 2015

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

Lambda Literary Award Finalist--Bisexual Nonfiction, 2015

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

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Publication Date: 2014
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