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 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A remarkable memoir. Certain to be one of my favorite nf books of the year. ...

    4.5/5 ...

    "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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Cathy
    Dec 18, 2017

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A remarkable memoir. Certain to be one of my favorite nf books of the year. ...

    4.5/5 ...

    "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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    This book has some great strength but then rambles toward the end. Really appreciated the look inside an urban city that lost its greatness and decayed into a crime-ridden town. This is Camden, NJ. Moore describes the difficulties with teen parents, low wages, bullying, lack of opportu...

    Outstanding book. This is a book that should be read by all. This book tell us of the story of Mr.Moore's life. What this man endured to become the man that he is today is a testimony to strength and resolve. I enjoyed reading about his family as well. It was hard to read some of the t...

    A fascinating memoir about growing up in a poor, Black, and gay in America. The book thoughtfully expresses what it means to be each of these things individually and also what it means when they intersect. This book is honest and raw and it opened my eyes to an experience I can only ex...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A remarkable memoir. Certain to be one of my favorite nf books of the year. ...

    4.5/5 ...

    "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...

    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...

  • Gloria
    Jun 28, 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A remarkable memoir. Certain to be one of my favorite nf books of the year. ...

    4.5/5 ...

    "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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    This book has some great strength but then rambles toward the end. Really appreciated the look inside an urban city that lost its greatness and decayed into a crime-ridden town. This is Camden, NJ. Moore describes the difficulties with teen parents, low wages, bullying, lack of opportu...

  • Courtney Judy
    Jan 09, 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A remarkable memoir. Certain to be one of my favorite nf books of the year. ...

  • Shan
    Dec 26, 2017

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A remarkable memoir. Certain to be one of my favorite nf books of the year. ...

    4.5/5 ...

    "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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    This book has some great strength but then rambles toward the end. Really appreciated the look inside an urban city that lost its greatness and decayed into a crime-ridden town. This is Camden, NJ. Moore describes the difficulties with teen parents, low wages, bullying, lack of opportu...

    Outstanding book. This is a book that should be read by all. This book tell us of the story of Mr.Moore's life. What this man endured to become the man that he is today is a testimony to strength and resolve. I enjoyed reading about his family as well. It was hard to read some of the t...

    A fascinating memoir about growing up in a poor, Black, and gay in America. The book thoughtfully expresses what it means to be each of these things individually and also what it means when they intersect. This book is honest and raw and it opened my eyes to an experience I can only ex...

  • Esil
    May 15, 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...

    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...

  • Catie
    Jun 26, 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A remarkable memoir. Certain to be one of my favorite nf books of the year. ...

    4.5/5 ...

    "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

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A remarkable memoir. Certain to be one of my favorite nf books of the year. ...

    4.5/5 ...

    "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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Chanda Prescod-weinstein
    Feb 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A remarkable memoir. Certain to be one of my favorite nf books of the year. ...

    4.5/5 ...

    "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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    This book has some great strength but then rambles toward the end. Really appreciated the look inside an urban city that lost its greatness and decayed into a crime-ridden town. This is Camden, NJ. Moore describes the difficulties with teen parents, low wages, bullying, lack of opportu...

    Outstanding book. This is a book that should be read by all. This book tell us of the story of Mr.Moore's life. What this man endured to become the man that he is today is a testimony to strength and resolve. I enjoyed reading about his family as well. It was hard to read some of the t...

    A fascinating memoir about growing up in a poor, Black, and gay in America. The book thoughtfully expresses what it means to be each of these things individually and also what it means when they intersect. This book is honest and raw and it opened my eyes to an experience I can only ex...

    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 ...

    For Black queer people, Darnell offers a mirror filled with love and tenderness. I don?t always agree with his analysis of patriarchy, but I felt more strongly connected to this than memoirs I?ve read by straight women. What I loved stylistically was how the writing became more gri...

  • Ashanté
    Jun 07, 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Gabriella
    Jun 05, 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A remarkable memoir. Certain to be one of my favorite nf books of the year. ...

    4.5/5 ...

    "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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A remarkable memoir. Certain to be one of my favorite nf books of the year. ...

    4.5/5 ...

  • Morgan Miller-Portales
    Jul 03, 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A remarkable memoir. Certain to be one of my favorite nf books of the year. ...

    4.5/5 ...

    "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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    This book has some great strength but then rambles toward the end. Really appreciated the look inside an urban city that lost its greatness and decayed into a crime-ridden town. This is Camden, NJ. Moore describes the difficulties with teen parents, low wages, bullying, lack of opportu...

    Outstanding book. This is a book that should be read by all. This book tell us of the story of Mr.Moore's life. What this man endured to become the man that he is today is a testimony to strength and resolve. I enjoyed reading about his family as well. It was hard to read some of the t...

    A fascinating memoir about growing up in a poor, Black, and gay in America. The book thoughtfully expresses what it means to be each of these things individually and also what it means when they intersect. This book is honest and raw and it opened my eyes to an experience I can only ex...

    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 ...

    For Black queer people, Darnell offers a mirror filled with love and tenderness. I don?t always agree with his analysis of patriarchy, but I felt more strongly connected to this than memoirs I?ve read by straight women. What I loved stylistically was how the writing became more gri...

    "No Ashes in the Fire" is both a memoir of growing up black and queer in a predominantly poor, black town and a social commentary on race, gender, sexuality, and class. It can be difficult to review a memoir -- who am I to say whether someone is correctly telling their own story -- but...

    ?No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America? by Darnell L. Moore is both a psychologically incisive as well as a visually remarkable memoir of what it means to grow up poor, Black and queer in one of the most impoverished areas of the United States. This debut is...

  • Kate Klassa
    Jul 03, 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A remarkable memoir. Certain to be one of my favorite nf books of the year. ...

    4.5/5 ...

    "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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    This book has some great strength but then rambles toward the end. Really appreciated the look inside an urban city that lost its greatness and decayed into a crime-ridden town. This is Camden, NJ. Moore describes the difficulties with teen parents, low wages, bullying, lack of opportu...

    Outstanding book. This is a book that should be read by all. This book tell us of the story of Mr.Moore's life. What this man endured to become the man that he is today is a testimony to strength and resolve. I enjoyed reading about his family as well. It was hard to read some of the t...

    A fascinating memoir about growing up in a poor, Black, and gay in America. The book thoughtfully expresses what it means to be each of these things individually and also what it means when they intersect. This book is honest and raw and it opened my eyes to an experience I can only ex...

    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 ...

    For Black queer people, Darnell offers a mirror filled with love and tenderness. I don?t always agree with his analysis of patriarchy, but I felt more strongly connected to this than memoirs I?ve read by straight women. What I loved stylistically was how the writing became more gri...

    "No Ashes in the Fire" is both a memoir of growing up black and queer in a predominantly poor, black town and a social commentary on race, gender, sexuality, and class. It can be difficult to review a memoir -- who am I to say whether someone is correctly telling their own story -- but...

  • Sarah
    Jun 27, 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A remarkable memoir. Certain to be one of my favorite nf books of the year. ...

    4.5/5 ...

    "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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A remarkable memoir. Certain to be one of my favorite nf books of the year. ...

    4.5/5 ...

    "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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Letlhogonolo Mokgoroane
    Jan 26, 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A remarkable memoir. Certain to be one of my favorite nf books of the year. ...

    4.5/5 ...

    "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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Tesha Ham
    Dec 18, 2017

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A remarkable memoir. Certain to be one of my favorite nf books of the year. ...

    4.5/5 ...

    "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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    This book has some great strength but then rambles toward the end. Really appreciated the look inside an urban city that lost its greatness and decayed into a crime-ridden town. This is Camden, NJ. Moore describes the difficulties with teen parents, low wages, bullying, lack of opportu...

    Outstanding book. This is a book that should be read by all. This book tell us of the story of Mr.Moore's life. What this man endured to become the man that he is today is a testimony to strength and resolve. I enjoyed reading about his family as well. It was hard to read some of the t...

    A fascinating memoir about growing up in a poor, Black, and gay in America. The book thoughtfully expresses what it means to be each of these things individually and also what it means when they intersect. This book is honest and raw and it opened my eyes to an experience I can only ex...

    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 ...

    For Black queer people, Darnell offers a mirror filled with love and tenderness. I don?t always agree with his analysis of patriarchy, but I felt more strongly connected to this than memoirs I?ve read by straight women. What I loved stylistically was how the writing became more gri...

    "No Ashes in the Fire" is both a memoir of growing up black and queer in a predominantly poor, black town and a social commentary on race, gender, sexuality, and class. It can be difficult to review a memoir -- who am I to say whether someone is correctly telling their own story -- but...

    ?No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America? by Darnell L. Moore is both a psychologically incisive as well as a visually remarkable memoir of what it means to grow up poor, Black and queer in one of the most impoverished areas of the United States. This debut is...

    Disclaimer: I received a free ARC in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This book was phenomenal! I am not always a fan of biographies, however this one was captivating. I loved the writing and the way that Moore conveyed his story through his eyes. I...

  • SabirSultan
    Apr 22, 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Jessica Wilbanks
    Jun 22, 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A remarkable memoir. Certain to be one of my favorite nf books of the year. ...

    4.5/5 ...

    "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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    This book has some great strength but then rambles toward the end. Really appreciated the look inside an urban city that lost its greatness and decayed into a crime-ridden town. This is Camden, NJ. Moore describes the difficulties with teen parents, low wages, bullying, lack of opportu...

    Outstanding book. This is a book that should be read by all. This book tell us of the story of Mr.Moore's life. What this man endured to become the man that he is today is a testimony to strength and resolve. I enjoyed reading about his family as well. It was hard to read some of the t...

    A fascinating memoir about growing up in a poor, Black, and gay in America. The book thoughtfully expresses what it means to be each of these things individually and also what it means when they intersect. This book is honest and raw and it opened my eyes to an experience I can only ex...

    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 ...

    For Black queer people, Darnell offers a mirror filled with love and tenderness. I don?t always agree with his analysis of patriarchy, but I felt more strongly connected to this than memoirs I?ve read by straight women. What I loved stylistically was how the writing became more gri...

    "No Ashes in the Fire" is both a memoir of growing up black and queer in a predominantly poor, black town and a social commentary on race, gender, sexuality, and class. It can be difficult to review a memoir -- who am I to say whether someone is correctly telling their own story -- but...

    ?No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America? by Darnell L. Moore is both a psychologically incisive as well as a visually remarkable memoir of what it means to grow up poor, Black and queer in one of the most impoverished areas of the United States. This debut is...

    Disclaimer: I received a free ARC in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This book was phenomenal! I am not always a fan of biographies, however this one was captivating. I loved the writing and the way that Moore conveyed his story through his eyes. I...

    Such a beautiful and loving portrait of a family and a community--but at the same time it pulls no punches when it comes to naming all the forces of oppression that conspire to keep queer black men small. An incredible read. ...

  • Vnunez-Ms_luv2read
    Nov 05, 2017

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A remarkable memoir. Certain to be one of my favorite nf books of the year. ...

    4.5/5 ...

    "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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    This book has some great strength but then rambles toward the end. Really appreciated the look inside an urban city that lost its greatness and decayed into a crime-ridden town. This is Camden, NJ. Moore describes the difficulties with teen parents, low wages, bullying, lack of opportu...

    Outstanding book. This is a book that should be read by all. This book tell us of the story of Mr.Moore's life. What this man endured to become the man that he is today is a testimony to strength and resolve. I enjoyed reading about his family as well. It was hard to read some of the t...