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

  • cat
    Jun 06, 2018
    4.5 for this gorgeous and intimate memoir. I am trying to read a majority of books by queer folks, and especially QTPOC, this pride month and this book sings to my heart. It is so unflinchingly intimate, so deeply vulnerable, so full of grace for self and community, that it made me tea...
  • M
    Sep 14, 2018
    "I struggled to affirm and love the parts of myself I rejected and hated. In a world where black people are taught to covet whiteness and riches and gender conformity and traditional family structures and perfect bodies and heterosexuality, we must fight like hell to unify all aspects ...
  • 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 ...
  • Ryan Mishap
    Jun 17, 2018
    This is the kind of book that needs to exist--a representation for others coming up to discover--and also one that the words "searingly honest" are usually applied to. It is that, but also more, as Moore locates his own personal story within the larger histories of Camden, the US, and ...
  • Danielle
    Mar 03, 2018
    A memoir written by one of the organizers of the Black Lives Matter movement about growing up as a gay, black man in Camden, New Jersey. It of course is heartbreaking and maddening to read about the difficult circumstances the author faced, but for some reason I just didn't connect wit...
  • 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. ...
  • 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...
  • Ms. Nguyen
    Nov 30, 2017
    Darnell Moore has no doubt led a tumultuous, brave, fascinating, heroic life. However, this book doesn't really do it justice. It felt stilted at times, and it seemed like a lot of the sections were edited in a random order. What is an interesting life read a little boring at times. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Alonzo Vereen
    Jun 05, 2018
    Moore?s memoir is a haunting account of contemporary gay black life. The anecdotes he shares make clear the devastating ramifications of intra-racial violence, one of the most brutal, perhaps, being how that violence seeps into the victim, causing him/her to inflict, both intentional...
  • 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...
  • Quentin Lucas
    Jul 24, 2018
    My tastes in reading have veered toward non-fiction lately, an appetite which may be a byproduct of the uncertainty felt in the air of our times. I?d read ? somewhere ? that fiction writers were having greater challenges with promoting their work over the last year because our po...
  • Jenn
    Jul 13, 2018
    Review to come ...
  • Ricardo
    Jul 16, 2018
    Moore has a created something incredible in his memoir, No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black & Free in America. Moore largely speaks about his trouble as a young black boy growing up in an economically devastated area in New Jersey. Here he writes about the difficulty he had w...
  • Eddie Percy
    Aug 16, 2018
    ?Death among some, is not always conceived of as dying when you are already perceived as dead; rather, it is imagined as another way of living beyond the boundaries of others? perception; it?s another way of snatching freedom.? - Darnell L. Moore; one of my favorite quotes. ...
  • Sarah
    Jun 27, 2018
    Writing a life is a daring, daunting task. After all, how can one share the abundance of a life between a mere few hundred pages? Moore is well braced for the task. He?s a prolific journalist, and his writing has always impressed me. I began following his writing when he was at M...
  • Amina
    Jun 10, 2018
    4.5 - This was a pretty amazing, courageous, and transformative read. Darnell invites the readers to be introspective about our lives, how we live it, and how we treat and/or see the world and the people around us. This is a memoir that explores Darnell's upbringing in his community an...
  • Ashley
    Jul 28, 2018
    4.5 stars I'll probably add my thoughts later. ...
  • Letlhogonolo Mokgoroane
    Jan 26, 2018
    No Ashes in the Fire by Darnell L. Moore is an remarkable story. I am voracious reader and love reading stories that reflect people who look like me. Brene Brown in her TEDTalk 'The power of vulnerability' defines courage as "the ability to tell the story of who you are with your whole...
  • 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...