The Warmth of Other Suns is my favorite non-fiction for many reasons. It reads like fiction and I learned a lot while reading it. If you haven’t picked it up, you need to. It’s extraordinary! If you like this, you’ll love The Essential Gwendolyn Brooks. This little gem covers her earliest poetry from World War II through the turbulent 1960s until her death in 2000. These poems talk about life in the African-American community – racism, survival, slums, etc. Beautifully lyrical poems that no lover of poetry should miss out on. This poetry collection is a natural extension of The Warmth of Other Suns.
The Warmth of Other Suns – Isabel Wilkerson, paperback, 620 pages (Vintage Books)
The Essential Gwendolyn Brooks – Edited by Elizabeth Alexander, hardcover, 142 pages (Literary Classics of the United States, Inc.)
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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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Day 13 – A Must Read:
Today’s photo challenge wasn’t easy to choose either. There are so many great must reads. I decided to go with The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson that I’m reading at the moment. I don’t usually read a lot of non-fiction but something seems to be changing in my reading habits and that’s a good thing. I’m reading more non-fiction, more memoirs, and more short story collections. The Warmth of Other Suns is about the migration of blacks from the south to the northern and western cities of the United States from 1915 to 1970. I have to say this is a subject that is crucial to American history, but that wasn’t touched on at all at school. It’s for this reason I chose it as a must read. What better way to understand this period than from the mouths of the people who actually lived through it. It’s non-fiction but reads like fiction and is captivating from the get go. I’ll definitely be back with a full review when I’m done. It’s a monster read of 622 pages, but it seems to be going quickly. What is a must read for you?