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Fire Shut Up in My Bones by Charles Blow – SAGE Book Group
November 10, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Charles M. Blow’s exquisite memoir – Fire Shut Up in My Bones – is a meditation on the moments, the larcenies small and grand, that strip innocence from childhood and their enduring consequences. Blow, a Louisiana native and op-ed columnist for the New York Times, has rendered a portrait of the small-town South at a liminal moment, the 1970s and ’80s – close enough to a turbulent past for change to be apparent yet in some ways fundamentally the same place it has always been. The epithet that most scars Blow’s young life is not the one most hurled at black Louisianans. That word falls from the mouths of people exiled to the periphery of the world Blow inhabits, but he is teased, challenged, ridiculed as a “punk” – the local aspersion for gays – by those close enough to do damage. Blow’s book is as much about his navigation of the rough, unyielding boundaries of masculinity in a distinctly black, Southern, rural world as it is about the social forces that produced that world in the first place. That he achieves some modicum of reconciliation is a signal achievement of both his life and the book.
Please consider joining the SAGE Book Group in discussion on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the Stonewall Library, 1300 E. Sunrise Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale from 11 AM to 12 noon. All are welcome – no reservation is required.