The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This title is showing up on every list of top books of 2010. It deserves to be there. Personally I think it will be an important work for years to come. Isabel Wilkerson, a Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist, spent years culling stories and memories from 1,200 people who made the journey from the 'Jim Crow' South to the North, where they hoped to be free. She researched what others had to say and has distilled what she discovered into a highly readable account of an aspect of our history that has not been fully acknowledged. Because she personalizes the story by following the lives of three representative people, the reader feels the loss of these 'friends' by the end.
Thank you to the friend who recommended The Warmth of Other Suns to Me and the serendipity that let me find it sitting on the new book shelf at my local library.
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