No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America

No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America

From a leading journalist and activist comes a brave, beautifully wrought survival story of navigating childhood during the height of the AIDS and crack epidemics, searching for intimacy and love as a young gay man, and ultimately finding a calling fighting for justice and liberation in the Black Lives Matter and LGBTQ movements. When Darnell L. Moore was fourteen years ol From a leading journalist and activist comes a brave, beautifully wrought survival story of navigating childhood during...

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Title:No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America
Author:Darnell L. Moore
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:243 pages pages

No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America Reviews

  • Cathy
    Dec 18, 2017
    No Ashes in the Fire is both a memoir from a gay black male growing up both poor, traumatized and loved in Camden, and a social commentary on being black, gay, queer, hiding, and out. As a writer, Moore is honest, intense, and passionate. In the prologue he says, "Every word and every ...
  • morgan
    Feb 03, 2019
    (Follow @morganreadsalot on Instagram for more reviews) ?My thoughts, however, are not the definitive take on blackness, manhood, and sexual politics. How can it be when my path, choices, struggles, triumphs, failures, questions, and answers are my own? My words are my attempt at jo...
  • Barbara
    Feb 03, 2019
    Darnell Moore grew up in Camden, N.J Camden is a city that over the decades became one of the most neglected and poor American cities. Its residents are overwhelmingly African American. I never cease to be amazed at the unrelenting decline of some cities like Detroit. and Camden. What ...
  • Courtney Judy
    Jan 09, 2018
    A very open and honest account of the authors childhood. Absolutely stunning writing, terrifying tales of being bullied and abused, all done without a hint of bitterness or anger from the author. Overall a wonderfully uplifting and inspiring read despite the terrible experiences relaye...
  • Columbus
    Jun 22, 2018
    A remarkable memoir. Certain to be one of my favorite nf books of the year. ...
  • Esil
    May 15, 2018
    Darnell Moore is only in his mid 40s, but his life is definitely already memoir worthy. He is black and gay, and grew up in a poor predominantly black town in New Jersey. There was crazy strong love in his family, but also violence, poverty and addiction. Moore is now an activist, most...
  • Debra
    Mar 11, 2018
    4.5 stars "Memory is a tricky force, especially when brutality, poverty, self-hatred, and many other unseen hands, which turn beautiful people into the monsters and victims, dictate what we remember." Wow! This was a very eloquent, courageous, personal, and beautifully written me...
  • Richard
    Jul 13, 2018
    I saw Darnell Moore on The Daily Show and I was very impressed by the man and his point of view. I'm less impressed by his memoir, which seems random and superficial. So, yeah. I kind of feel like a dick, but I can't really recommend this one. ...
  • Mark Hiser
    Nov 29, 2018
    Darnell Moore, a gay black man, bravely--and lovingly--makes himself vulnerable so that we might all have a greater understanding of life at the margins, and of the struggles that arise when our institutions teach us to fear, hate, judge, and consider some persons more deserving than o...
  • Catie
    Jun 26, 2018
    "Every danger presented another opportunity to quicken my speed when violence was imminent. Difference is often the calculus for such violence, but the unexplainable strength within us sometimes safeguards us from its grip. Dreams die if they are consigned to the imagination only. They...
  • Erin
    Sep 16, 2018
    I read books about people with different backgrounds, races, sexual orientations, etc. so that I can learn about a variety of experiences. Moore's story could not be more different than my own - he grew up impoverished in New Jersey as a black, gay youth. But his struggles to accept bo...
  • Kimberley
    Apr 21, 2018
    Thank you NetGalley for this advanced eGalley of No Ashes in the Fire by Darnell L. Moore. I always hesitate when I'm asked to rate a memoir because it's a hard thing to rate the way a person writes his/her/their truth. You simply cannot judge a story, or the way it's told, because...
  • Ashanté
    Jun 07, 2018
    No Ashes in the Fire is ambitious in its aims. Not only does Darnell Moore set out to tell his own lived experiences but he also tells the story of systematic disinvestment, racism, and the social engineering of urban Black spaces in the U.S. Often, the latter intentionally or uninteti...
  • Katy
    Oct 26, 2018
    4.5* - No Ashes in the Fire is a compelling account of the author?s experiences growing up black and queer in working-class Camden, New Jersey, but what makes this such a strong memoir is his very intentional focus on intersectionality in his willingness to confront his own prejudice...
  • Allison
    Aug 02, 2018
    This book pushed me and taught me so much. It taught me about how we pathologize cities, communities, people - blaming individuals for their situations rather than the unjust, oppressive policies that put them & hold them in that place. It reinforced in my the strength of community...
  • Ashley
    Aug 13, 2018
    Moore?s voice is soothing so the listening to his story also served as meditation. He writes the timeline of his life smoothly. His experiences also connect to him in the future. ...
  • Gabriella
    Jun 05, 2018
    This one is a 4.5-into-5 stars, and because I want everyone to read it, I will try not to give a summary, as to not spoil anyone?s experience with this revelatory memoir. Darnell Moore?s No Ashes in the Fire is the book we all need to read for Pride month, another year in Trump?s...
  • J Beckett
    Jul 02, 2018
    There are memoirs that send the reader into another place or time, often reviving thoughts that were kept deep in their psyche; a secret between them and the God of their understanding. Certainly, this is what Darnell Moore accomplished with No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black an...
  • Stacie C
    Apr 23, 2018
    I?m pretty much in love with reading memoirs by Black people right now. Doing so, keeps reassuring me that we, as Black people, are not a monolith and our diversity is something to be celebrated. I want to celebrate Moore after reading his memoir. I want to celebrate him and the amo...
  • Jenn
    Jul 13, 2018
    Review to come ...
  • Mike Zickar
    Jan 24, 2019
    A beautiful book that details the author's life of critical self-reflection. A model for all of us! ...
  • Kenneth Wade
    Nov 07, 2018
    I had no idea this book would be this queer, but I?m happy about it. There were a few moments, particularly in the first couple chapters, where I didn?t care for the writing, but it either got better or grew on me. I also liked that this book had a lot of connections to ...
  • Abbi
    Nov 09, 2018
    "But if I knew nothing else growing up in the hood, I knew collective work had always been the salve for individual triumph." As someone that grew up in Philly, one of Camden's neighboring cities, Darnell's stories about his neighborhood and school life were all too familiar. I didn...
  • Cokey Cohen
    Nov 29, 2018
    This is a compassionate book about an important subject, but it reads like if Twitter and a Ted Talk had a baby that loved to overuse metaphors. ...
  • Miles
    Oct 28, 2018
    I think I selfishly wanted more from Moore, as I was reading, and that?s the most salient critique, if any, that I have. Thinking about how difficult it must be to access so much pain and trauma within spaces that either purport to love you or that you feel the need to retreat to bec...
  • Brad VanSickle
    Dec 29, 2018
    Sad, yet uplifting and hopeful. Hard to believe the daily struggles some people go through. For Darnell, and those like him, it's quite a story. ...
  • Ashley
    Jul 28, 2018
    4.5 stars I'll probably add my thoughts later. ...
  • Blair
    Sep 27, 2018
    I felt honored to be let into his world. As a Jersey girl of the 1990s, I felt parts of my own stories in his words. This memoir captured the possibilities and lamentations of being Black and free at the turn of the 21st century. I now know more about myself and those around me from th...
  • Julia Keizer
    Dec 08, 2017
    In reading No Ashes in the Fire I was immediately drawn in by the writing of Darnel Moore. His writing style was like smooth honey, slowly working its way into my soul. "hiding eyes that were windows into a world more fantastic that the world he moved through." It was like listening to...
  • SabirSultan
    Apr 22, 2018
    I don?t know that I?m capable of providing an objective review of this book (frankly, I?m not sure a book review benefits from being impersonal when so much of reading is immediate and intimate). It felt too personal. I felt loved by it. Truly, I did. Ostensibly it is a memoir...