Charles Blow grew up in a loving but somewhat dysfunctional family. He had a strong mother and a mostly absent father. He suffered abuse at the hands of a cousin but kept it to himself out of fear and embarrassment.
Determined to make something of himself, he worked hard and was given the opportunity to attend college. He was driven to succeed and became class president and pledged a fraternity. The fraternity’s hazing is brutal but Blow accepts it, not realizing the affect it will have on him.
Blow shares his story in his wonderful memoir, Fire Shut Up in My Bones. Blow grew up with love but his life wasn’t always easy. He figured out early on what he wanted in life and realized he had the tools to get him what he wanted. That doesn’t mean things were easy for him – he faced hardships and setbacks…
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