No Ashes in the Fire

Narrated by: Darnell L Moore
Length: 6 hrs
Categories: History, Americas
4.5 out of 5 stars (204 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From a leading journalist and activist comes a brave, beautifully wrought memoir. 

When Darnell Moore was 14, three boys from his neighborhood tried to set him on fire. They cornered him while he was walking home from school, harassed him because they thought he was gay, and poured a jug of gasoline on him. He escaped, but just barely. It wasn't the last time he would face death.  

Three decades later, Moore is an award-winning writer, a leading Black Lives Matter activist, and an advocate for justice and liberation. In No Ashes in the Fire, he shares the journey taken by that scared, bullied teenager who not only survived, but found his calling. Moore's transcendence over the myriad forces of repression that faced him is a testament to the grace and care of the people who loved him, and to his hometown, Camden, NJ, scarred and ignored but brimming with life. Moore reminds us that liberation is possible if we commit ourselves to fighting for it, and if we dream and create futures where those who survive on society's edges can thrive. 

No Ashes in the Fire is a story of beauty and hope - and an honest reckoning with family, with place, and with what it means to be free.

©2018 Darnell L Moore (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"A heart-wrenching memoir of triumphing over...racial violence." (The Root)
 

"[A] stirring and beautifully rendered memoir.... Part autobiographical, part social commentary, and entirely eye-opening, No Ashes in the Fire is a timely book about race, sexuality, class, and equality that everyone in America should be reading." (Bustle)

"This coming-of-age memoir cum meditation is the introspective story of a man in search of self... A cultural and political history that examines and defies the stereotypes of black life in America.. [Darnell L. Moore's] story is an inspiration." (Booklist)

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Powerful & Brilliant

No Ashes in the Fire is a powerful coming of age memoir that depicts the reality of being black & free in America. Darnell does an amazing job authentically connecting his audience to his complex reality. He offers deep insight and honest candor of navigating life in America as a liberated non-conforming black man. Each sentence carefully constructs a visual narrative of our individual struggles, while tackling the power dynamics of race, gender, and economic exclusion. I don't do book reviews but this was a solid summer selection. I highly recommend you check it out!

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Outstanding!! This book hits all senses!!

Loved it! It brings up many memories of my childhood in New Jersey only 40 minutes away from Camden in Atlantic County NJ. I am baffled that I had no idea the story of Camden.

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Loved it!

I loved it but struggled to finish. It took me awhile. Definitely recommend this powerful book by Darnell Moore.

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A Journey to Self-love

A powerful story of a young, African American, gay man navigating a journey of self-acceptance. Through discrimination, injustice, and religiosity, Darnell’s reflects on past and present relationships in order to share his personal truth. The memoir gives readers a glimpse into the complex life of an African American, gay man in the 21st century. The memoir is an honest illustration how difficult life is living on the margins of society.

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No Ashes in the Fire

The book for everyone who truly cares for creation and the dignity of of every living human. It is a WOW book. Thanks for beautiful Darnell Moore for bringing all into the family. This book makes me a better child of this earth.

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Authentic Narration

What made this book vivid and real were the author’s authentic voice right down to his blackisms such as aks for ask, excape for escape. I really appreciate that he was allowed to speak with his own vocabulary as well as voice.

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Love it!

I would definitely recommend this book. It is a ”page turner” that takes you into the depths of Darnell’s soul and through experiences that shaped the man he has become. So proud of the unabashed sharing in this coming of age book.

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Wonderful

I loved this book. And the authors voice is great. Finished it in a day.

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Loved this story!

This is an incredible story. The writer does a great job of creating mental images and inciting emotion in you with this descriptions.

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His Story was My Story

Moore presents a work of love and art. I shed tears reading and it has pushed me as a black queer man to want to do more and realize that my work is not in vain and not done. Moore's voice is unique in that he does not wallow in his pain he embraces his journey of emotional ups and downs that makes his story empathic for the community. Love it

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