Fire Shut Up in My Bones by Charles M. Blow
What’s it about?
I love a good memoir and was excited to read this one. I have seen Mr. Blow on many discussion panels on television and was interested in his story. He has quite a story. Charles M. Blow is a New York Times Columnist who grew up poor and black in the rural South. He recounts his sense of being different as a child, sexual abuse, racial tensions, hazing in black fraternities, and the struggle with his sexual identity.
What did it make me think about?
I enjoyed the book, but at times Mr. Blow is almost too introspective. I love introspection so this is hard for me to admit, but it became tedious at times.
Should I read it?
I would recommend it but I have read many memoirs that I liked more . That being said his life was very interesting and I think I would like him very much if I were lucky enough to know him.
“I was a quiet introspective boy, and these folks helped me to appreciate that part of myself. They taught me how to be patient and kind- that there was a beauty in all things. I picked up their skill for slowing time to a crawl, a skill that people whose time on earth was coming to an end had learned to master. They taught me that you only live once, but for a life well lived, one turn is enough. They baptized me in their sea of stillness, and I emerged more like them than not.
What are some of your favorite memoirs?
If you like this try-
“All Over But The Shoutin” by Rick Bragg
"The Liar's Club" by Mary Karr
"I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou
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― Charles William Eliot
3 to 4- I found some aspect of this book redeeming but would not recommend it.
5 to 6- I really enjoyed something about this book (characters, plot, meaning etc.) but it was uneven. Some aspects were stronger than others.
7 to 8- It was a good book. I liked lots of aspects of this book. I would recommend it.
9 to 10- I was sorry to turn the last page. I highly recommend this book!