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alynne, January 3, 2013 (view all comments by alynne)
Portraying the experiences of 3 black migrants from 3 different decades, the author deftly interweaves them into the larger story of the mass migration of blacks out of the South in the years following WWII. Each leaves for different reasons, with different backgrounds, and experiences different levels of economic success, but the unifying desire to breathe "free" unites their stories and those of more than a million others whose stories and struggles were not recorded.

This is a "big" book about an important event, but the mixture of the personal stories and historical information made it a very fast read. Nothing dry or boring about it.
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Lauren - Vancouver, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by Lauren - Vancouver)
Best book I read in 2012. Wilkerson tells a story that most of us never learned in school, and she tells it plainly. She traces the course of only three lives and manages to describe the reality of millions. It's a great read - I couldn't wait to read on - and deserving of all the honors. The Warmth of Other Suns should be required reading for all American high school students, and the rest of us, too.
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bookclubreader, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by bookclubreader)
The Warmth of Other Suns gives the reader a valuable insight into the migration and treatment of African Americans in our nation. At times shocking, the author traces three individuals and their struggles, while providing helpful background information. It is an important read as the history books I was assigned to read in school and college never explored this side of the issues of segregation and prejudice in our nation.
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The Warmth of Other Suns gives the reader a valuable insight into the migration and treatment of African Americans in our nation. At times shocking, the author traces three individuals and their struggles, while providing helpful background information. It is an important read as the history books I was assigned to read in school and college never explored this side of the issues of segregation and prejudice in our nation.
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Pearl#1, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Pearl#1)
This book was chosen as a book club selection and did not disappoint. Well written and thought provoking it opened our eyes to yet another chapter in American history. It spurred good discussion about the evolution and migration of Black Americans from the time of slavery in the south to present time as told through the real stories of three individuals. They were typical and yet their stories are incredible. It was a great education.
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ISBN:
9780679444329
Author:
Wilkerson, Isabel
Publisher:
Random House
Subject:
General
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor
Subject:
Emigration & Immigration
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
African American Studies-Black Heritage
Subject:
Ethnic Studies-Immigration
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Publication Date:
20100931
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HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
A &mdash;<i>Entertainment Weekly<br></i><br>&ldquo
Language:
English
Pages:
640
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9.56x6.62x1.48 in. 2.16 lbs.

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The Warmth of Other Suns is a fascinating epic narrative of the Great Migration by the brilliant and beautiful Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Ida Mae Brandon Gladney, a sharecropper's wife, left Mississippi for Milwaukee in 1937, after her cousin was falsely accused of stealing a white man's turkeys and was almost beaten to death. In 1945, George Swanson Starling, a citrus picker, fled Florida for Harlem after learning of the grove owners' plans to give him a 'necktie party' (a lynching). Robert Joseph Pershing Foster made his trek from Louisiana to California in 1953, embittered by 'the absurdity that he was doing surgery for the United States Army and couldn't operate in his own home town.' Anchored to these three stories is Pulitzer Prize — winning journalist Wilkerson's magnificent, extensively researched study of the 'great migration,' the exodus of six million black Southerners out of the terror of Jim Crow to an 'uncertain existence' in the North and Midwest. Wilkerson deftly incorporates sociological and historical studies into the novelistic narratives of Gladney, Starling, and Pershing settling in new lands, building anew, and often finding that they have not left racism behind. The drama, poignancy, and romance of a classic immigrant saga pervade this book, hold the reader in its grasp, and resonate long after the reading is done. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Review" by , "A landmark piece of nonfiction…. sure to hold many surprises for readers of any race or experience….A mesmerizing book that warrants comparison to The Promised Land, Nicholas Lemann’s study of the Great Migration's early phase, and Common Ground, J. Anthony Lukas's great, close-range look at racial strife in Boston.[Wilkerson's] closeness with, and profound affection for, her subjects reflect her deep immersion in their stories and allow the reader to share that connection."
"Review" by , "The Warmth of Other Suns is a brilliant and stirring epic, the first book to cover the full half-century of the Great Migration. Wilkerson combines impressive research…with great narrative and literary power. Ms. Wilkerson does for the Great Migration what John Steinbeck did for the Okies in his fiction masterpiece, The Grapes of Wrath; she humanizes history, giving it emotional and psychological depth."
"Review" by , "[A] deeply affecting, finely crafted and heroic book. Wilkerson has taken on one of the most important demographic upheavals of the past century — a phenomenon whose dimensions and significance have eluded many a scholar — and told it through the lives of three people no one has ever heard of. This is narrative nonfiction, lyrical and tragic and fatalist. The story exposes; the story moves; the story ends. What Wilkerson urges, finally, isn't argument at all; it's compassion. Hush, and listen."
"Review" by , "The Warmth of Other Suns is epic in its reach and in its structure. Told in a voice that echoes the magic cadences of Toni Morrison or the folk wisdom of Zora Neale Hurston's collected oral histories, Wilkerson's book pulls not just the expanse of the migration into focus but its overall impact on politics, literature, music, sports — in the nation and the world."
"Synopsis" by , With stunning historical detail, Wilkerson tells the story of the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, from 1915 to 1970, through the lives of three unique individuals.
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