Reckoning. A writer chooses what to include or exclude in a memoir and that choice can communicate a lot to readers. New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow chose candor for his memoir titled, Fire Shut Up in My Bones. He chose to bring up both child abuse and college fraternity hazing and wrote about those experiences with clarity. His comfort with this reckoning made me as a reader pay attention to this memoir. His writing is often lyrical, and it’s so clear how many different paths he could have taken. Any reader who enjoys fine writing will likely find satisfaction from this memoir.
Rating: Four-star (I like it)
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