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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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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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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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No Ashes In The Fire

Brilliant! A must read. Evokes a special feeling. Made me cry. Read it now for sure.

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I learned so much and not just about Darnell

I, like many, saw Darnell's presence online and through to his greatness on viral posts and in enlightening short videos.

So, I purchased this "memoir" knowing that I'd receive invaluable takeaways, life lessons, and not just learn about Darnell's inspiring life, which he tells well. I ended the book admiring Darnell's greeeaat character and inspiried to be a better person and do more for the Black community.

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longwinded

too much skipping around in thoughts, not enough of what happened sequentially in the story.

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Yes!

I had no idea what I was getting myself into with this book, but I was pleasantly surprised! Darnell's writing is real, raw, and captivating. His story of being black and queer in America is riveting - it's a story that should be both told and heard more. Thank you Darnell!

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Simply Brilliant

This memoir is a clear snapshot in the life on a Black Queer man growing up in the 90s and early 2000s. Moore uses his triumphs and struggles to inspire readers. It’s a great listen

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What an excellent memoir/autobiography.

What an excellent memoir/autobiography. Darnell Moore tells of his life growing up Gay and Black and all of the turmoil it entails. If you're an Audible user, I suggest you listen to his story in his voice. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Written with grace and care...

Compassionate and witty, warm and precise, this work harkens the arrival of a stunning new voice.

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Incalculable Spiritual Value

To describe the listening of this book as anything less than monumentally transformative is an understatement. To listen to a figure who is so influential describe their process of becoming a whole person with roots connected to a community, family, self is truly awe inspiring. Darnell walks us through a deeply personal and difficult spiritual excavation only to reveal that there is treasure in this journey of tears, relief, and surprise. It does the book so much justice that the author reads his words with calm and organic measure. This book is why sharing our journeys is important. To hear this story and think at any point he author believed his story was nothing to tell is shocking. These words heal. These words illuminate. These words reveal and these words have healed. These words made me feel seen. This is a treasure to be shared as widely as possible. Thank you Darnell for this look into your world.