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Review: Fire Shut Up in My Bones

February 19, 2015

Fire Shut Up in My Bones

Charles Blow grew up in a loving but somewhat dysfunctional family.  He had a strong mother and a mostly absent father.  He suffered abuse at the hands of a cousin but kept it to himself out of fear and embarrassment.

Determined to make something of himself, he worked hard and was given the opportunity to attend college.   He was driven to succeed and became class president and pledged a fraternity.  The fraternity’s hazing is brutal but Blow accepts it, not realizing the affect it will have on him.

Blow shares his story in his wonderful memoir, Fire Shut Up in My Bones.  Blow grew up with love but his life wasn’t always easy.  He figured out early on what he wanted in life and realized he had the tools to get him what he wanted.  That doesn’t mean things were easy for him – he faced hardships and setbacks but he never lost sight of his goals and worked hard to achieve them.

I loved Fire Shut Up in My Bones.  Blow’s writing is gorgeous and his story is captivating.  He shows what can be achieved when you dream big and work hard.  I found the book hard to put down and read it very quickly.  If you enjoy memoirs or inspirational stories, you must read this book.

Review copy provided by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
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21 Comments leave one →
  1. Beth F permalink
    February 19, 2015 5:46 am

    This is entirely new to me — sounds powerful.

  2. February 19, 2015 7:31 am

    I love Charles Blow. His weekly column in the NYT is one of my favorites!

  3. February 19, 2015 7:39 am

    Sounds like a good memoir.

  4. February 19, 2015 8:41 am

    I saw this one awhile back and was on the fence about it – sounds like I should have jumped! I’m adding it to my TBR list now – the fact that the writing is gorgeous really pushed it over for me! Glad you enjoyed this.

  5. February 19, 2015 8:45 am

    Sounds wonderful!

  6. Diane (@bookchickdi) permalink
    February 19, 2015 9:04 am

    I saw this at BEA last year but didn’t get it, darn it.

  7. February 19, 2015 9:21 am

    Sounds interesting – I have not heard of him.

  8. February 19, 2015 9:24 am

    I am not familiar with this author but I do love inspirational stories so I think this would be right up my alley!

  9. Patty permalink
    February 19, 2015 10:47 am

    I had no clue who he was…I just checked him out…but…I like reading what other people say about memoirs rather than reading them myself!

  10. February 19, 2015 12:51 pm

    I feel there is a thread of sadness in this story. May not be for me.

  11. February 19, 2015 3:00 pm

    Wow, this sounds fantastic, though there seems to be a bit of sadness in it. But you say you couldn’t put it down, so it must be good.

  12. February 19, 2015 6:35 pm

    I heard part of this interview with Charles Blow on NPR – he has a gorgeous voice! and some wonderful messages:
    http://www.npr.org/2014/09/24/350968098/after-childhood-abuse-times-columnist-says-he-chose-life-over-vengeance

  13. February 19, 2015 9:11 pm

    I had no idea either who this person is but I do like the sound of this memoir. I typically stay away from memoirs but this one sounds interesting,

  14. February 19, 2015 9:14 pm

    New to me; sounds like a tough read, but would be willing to try it sometime.

  15. February 19, 2015 11:43 pm

    Looks like it could inspire and we all need that!

  16. February 20, 2015 1:00 am

    I love the title!

  17. February 20, 2015 2:49 am

    This really does sound inspirational. Wonderful review, Kathy!

  18. February 20, 2015 7:01 am

    I love memoirs, particularly those written by journalists (Rick Bragg, Anderson Cooper, etc.), as they write the most beautiful stories about the most sad situations. Thanks for putting this on my radar!

  19. swright9 permalink
    February 22, 2015 10:42 pm

    Oh glad you shared this one. He made it big at the NYT. Interesting background.

  20. Literary Feline permalink
    February 23, 2015 5:33 pm

    The title is eye catching, isn’t it? This sounds like an inspirational story. I may have to check it out.

  21. bookingmama permalink
    March 3, 2015 7:03 pm

    I’m not familiar with this book either — sounds like a good one!

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