Day 23 – Favorite Non-Fiction Has to be The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson. If you haven’t read it you absolutely NEED to. The Warmth of Other Suns follows two men and a woman. We as readers go on the journey with them to leave the south for the north and for California for a better life. It’s captivating, and extremely informative. The subject of the Great Migration occurred between 1910 and 1970. Strangely there aren’t many detailed books about it and it isn’t even taught in history class. Isabel Wilkerson’s writing will suck you in and change the way you think about how non-fiction books are written. The Warmth of Other Suns reads like a passionate fictional story, framed in important details and facts that will enlighten you politically and socially about the United States during this sixty year period of upheaval for African-Americans. Who had it harder – the African-Americans who remained in the south or those that fled to the Northeast, Midwest, and West?
My copy: The Warmth of Other Suns, hardcover 622 pages
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My grandmother read this, and fell absolutely in love with it. She’s born and raised on a small island in the Bahamas, and didn’t come to the US until the late 70s, so all of this history was completely new to her.
That’s really cool that you have your grand-mother to discuss this. I believe this is why the Great Migration is known to black Americans. Oral history is so important. ?
THank you so much Didi. I will most definitely will be purchasing this one.
Hope you like it! Let me know what you think when you’re done.
This book is sooo good. It’s hard to think of something to contribute, but I would like to toss “Sister Citizen” by Melissa Harris-Perry. The crooked-room analogy, the poem, and just her verbalizing things I’ve always felt, made this book very important and empowering for AA women.
Excellent suggestion! I started reading it a while back. I stopped and didn’t pick it up again. Funny thing is I was enjoying it. Will have to remember to pick it up again and to finish it. ?
Audio version of this was outstanding. Highly recommend.
Yes it was!
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