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The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

Wilkerson, Isabel

ISBN 10: 0679763880 / 0-679-76388-0
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Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: 2011
Binding: Softcover
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In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life.

NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER

LYNTON HISTORY PRIZE WINNER
HEARTLAND AWARD WINNER 
DAYTON LITERARY PEACE PRIZE FINALIST
      
NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
The New York Times  • USA Today • O: The Oprah Magazine • Amazon • Publishers Weekly •  Salon • Newsday  • The Daily Beast

 
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
The New Yorker •  The Washington Post • The Economist • Boston Globe • San Francisco Chronicle •  Chicago  
Tribune • Entertainment Weekly • Philadelphia Inquirer • The Guardian • The Seattle Times • St. Louis Post-Dispatch  • The Christian Science Monitor 

 From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson compares this epic migration to the migrations of other peoples in history. She interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to new data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves.
 
With stunning historical detail, Wilkerson tells this story through the lives of three unique individuals: Ida Mae Gladney, who in 1937 left sharecropping and prejudice in Mississippi for Chicago, where she achieved quiet blue-collar success and, in old age, voted for Barack Obama when he ran for an Illinois Senate seat; sharp and quick-tempered George Starling, who in 1945 fled Florida for Harlem, where he endangered his job fighting for civil rights, saw his family fall, and finally found peace in God; and Robert Foster, who left Louisiana in 1953 to pursue a medical career, the personal physician to Ray Charles as part of a glitteringly successful medical career, which allowed him to purchase a grand home where he often threw exuberant parties.

Wilkerson brilliantly captures their first treacherous and exhausting cross-country trips by car and train and their new lives in colonies that grew into ghettos, as well as how they changed these cities with southern food, faith, and culture and improved them with discipline, drive, and hard work. Both a riveting microcosm and a major assessment, The Warmth of Other Suns is a bold, remarkable, and riveting work, a superb account of an “unrecognized immigration” within our own land. Through the breadth of its narrative, the beauty of the writing, the depth of its research, and the fullness of the people and lives portrayed herein, this book is destined to become a classic.

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Book Description: Vintage, 2011. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: 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 Lemanns study of the Great Migrations early phase, and Common Ground, J. Anthony Lukass great, close-range look at racial strife in Boston&.[Wilkersons] closeness with, and profound affection for, her subjects reflect her deep immersion in their stories and allow the reader to share that connection. -Janet Maslin, The New York Times 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.-John Stauffer, Wall Street Journal [A] massive and masterly account of the Great Migration&.A narrative epic rigorous enough to impress all but the crankiest of scholars, yet so immensely readable as to land the author a future place on Oprahs couch. -David Oshinsky, The New York Times Book Review (Cover Review) [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, isnt argument at all; its compassion. Hush, and listen. -Jill Lepore, The New Yorker " 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 Hurstons collected oral histories, Wilkersons 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."-Lynell George, Los Angeles Times One of the most lyrical and important books of the season."-David Shribman, Boston Globe [An] extraordinary and evocative work.- The Washington Post Mesmerizing. . .- Chicago Tribune Scholarly but very readable, this book, for all its rigor, is so absorbing, it should come with a caveat: Pick it up only when you can lose yourself entirely. -O, The Oprah Magazine "[An] indelible and compulsively readable portrait of race, class, and politics in 20th-century America. History is rarely distilled so finely. Grade: A - Entertainment Weekly An astonishing work. . . . Isabel Wilkerson delivers! . . . With the precision of a surgeon, Wilkerson illuminates the stories of bold, faceless African-Americans who transformed cities and industries with their hard work and determination to provide their children with better lives. -Essence Isabel Wilkersons majestic The Warmth of Other Suns shows that not everyone bloomed, but the migrants-Wilkerson prefers to think of them as domestic immigrants-remade the entire country, North and South. Its a monumental job of writing and reporting that lives up to its subtitle: The Epic Story of Americas Great Migration . -USA Today [A] sweeping history of the Great Migration. . . . The Warmth of Other Suns builds upon such purely academic works to make the migrant experience both accessible and emotionally compelling. -NPR.org The Warmth of Other Suns is a beautifully written, in-depth analysis of what Wilkerson calls one of the most underreported stories of the 20th century. . . A masterpiece that sheds light on a significant development in our nations history. -The San Jose Mercury News The Warmth of Other Suns is a beautifully written book that, once begun, is nearly impossible to put aside. It is an unforge. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0679763880

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