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The Warmth of Other Suns
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration | Isabel Wilkerson
One of The New York Times Book Reviews 10 Best Books of the YearIn this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prizewinning 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. 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.From the Hardcover edition.
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Leftcoastzen
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Both heartwarming and heartbreaking.Wilkerson weaves the story of the great migration with the story of 3 families who were part of it. People risked everything for the chance to escape the south and seek a better life north, east ,and west. Of course the new destinations were not without racism, but to get relief from relentless harassment of Jim Crow, a blessing.I cheered for their successes and felt deeply their failures.Highly recommended

Amiable Great book 👍🏼 2mo
ValerieAndBooks I loved this one. 2mo
Leftcoastzen @ValerieAndBooks Me too! Sometimes it was so intense I had to set it aside for a bit. 2mo
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Kathrin
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Jack Delano‘s photograph of migrants on their way from Florida to New Jersey, 1940. PHOTO: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

Very comprehensive investigation of the Great Migration of Blacks living in the segregated south between 1935 and 1975. It combines three personal accounts with lots of research data.

Leftcoastzen I‘m reading it now and am blown away by their stories . 4mo
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Leftcoastzen
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Too many #chunksters at once!maybe #24B4Monday might help! I‘m certainly not going outside except early morning or after dark since it will be 110 degrees today!I also post the non cuddling Lying Cat for @Meaw_catlady to say Saga is so good.

jb72 Yeah it‘s about 95 here today. Way too hot! Good luck on your chunksters. I am close to finishing Moby Dick. 4mo
Lcsmcat How are you liking Georgiana? 4mo
Andrew65 A great stack. Good luck. 👍😊 4mo
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Meaw_catlady I would cuddle him :) haha 4mo
Leftcoastzen @Lcsmcat She is fascinating! I have frustrated by lack of reading time lately. 4mo
readingjedi 💚 Lying Cat 4mo
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Kathrin
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I am off today and am planning to make a dent in this book.

It is very interesting, but I recently just didn‘t have the headspace to deal with this topic, but I think today will be a good day for it.... also, it‘s due back at the library, so I better get cracking.

Theaelizabet Loved this book! Enjoy! 5mo
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Leftcoastzen
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When you wake up too early on #caterday it pays to start slow and read with a buddy!

Erofan 😻 5mo
TheLibrarian What a cutie! 😻 5mo
Leftcoastzen @TheLibrarian Thx! His name is Crosby. 5mo
LauraJ I love his little face! 😻 5mo
Leftcoastzen @LauraJ He‘s cute as a bug , but usually he‘s busy as a bee. 5mo
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suzisteffen
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Listened to this one - at 1.5x - and every second of it was a gorgeous gift of a narrator beautifully performing a writer‘s fine words. Important, of course, and formerly somewhat overlooked as a movement of human beings within the country - and also beautiful and alternately depressing, terrifying, redemptive, and fantastic. So good.

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NikkiRobson73
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My ebook hold from the library just came through been waiting on this one for awhile now !

IamIamIam This looks great! I'm interested to see what you think of it! 7mo
NikkiRobson73 @IamIamIam so far I can‘t put it down and there‘s so much history of this subject I didn‘t know ! 7mo
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suzisteffen
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FINALLY starting this epic and important book of #history. I‘m starting it as an #audiobook, but we also own a print and ebook copy.

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Leftcoastzen
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#litsywalkers🚶🏼‍♀️ I love that Olive trees grow their own shrub.

Crazeedi Beautiful!💞 7mo
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Librarybelle
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Starting this one tonight. I‘m prepared to feel so many emotions with this book. #OtherSuns

Leftcoastzen I just got a copy day before yesterday, will be starting it as well. 7mo
Librarybelle @Leftcoastzen Great! Glad you can join us! 7mo
Amiable Oh, this book is sooo good. I loved it. 🥰 7mo
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Librarybelle @Amiable ❤️❤️❤️ 7mo
TheBookHippie Oh the emotions!!!! It‘s so so good though. 7mo
Hooked_on_books I probably won‘t get started until mid-month, so don‘t think I‘ve disappeared! 7mo
Librarybelle @TheBookHippie It‘s so good so far 7mo
Librarybelle @Hooked_on_books Not a problem! 7mo
Theaelizabet Loved this one. Good luck! 7mo
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mhillis
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Nonfiction #marchwrapup

Usually I follow the same rating system as Gretchen Rubin: if I care about a book enough to finish it, then it‘s a pick! This month, things were different. I did not like How to break up with your phone (too obvious), Adnan‘s Story (too repetitive), The Skin above my Knee (not enough about music).

I‘m really glad to have spent time reading The Warmth of Other Suns and Sisters in Law ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Excellent! 📖💖 7mo
Blaire I try to get everyone to read warmth of other sons. Heard it is being made into a mini-series. 7mo
mhillis @Blaire Yes, I‘m going to start recommending it! I hadn‘t heard about the miniseries (edited) 7mo
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mhillis
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Nonfiction:
Warmth of Other Suns

Fiction:
Dreamland Burning
Rainbirds

#bestbooksofar2019

megnews I‘m so glad to hear The Warmth of Other Suns is one of your favorites so far this year. I‘m reading it now. Never heard of Dreamland Burning but it sounds great. Stacked. 8mo
mhillis @megnews It‘s long and worth reading! I liked how the author was able to zoom in on three specific stories yet still capture the wider situation 8mo
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megnews
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As an American, you have inklings of things like this and then you read them in black & white. No matter how much history you study, you will always come across new details of the atrocities.

Glad my 20 pages is done for the day. I don‘t think I could read anymore right now.

Blood boiling.

#OtherSuns

TheBookHippie Makes me vomit and it breaks my heart . I‘m also glad I‘ve decided to read this way. Atrocious. 8mo
Librarybelle It is so heartbreaking 8mo
Hooked_on_books Wow. Just wow. And the truly tragic thing is that there are people who still feel this way. They just won‘t say it so boldly in public. 8mo
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These stats really put things in perspective. Even if the first two events had lasted as long as the six decades of the Great Migration, they could not have come close in comparison. And yet I recall learning about the Gold Rush in school but not this.

#OtherSuns

Hooked_on_books Wow. Those numbers are stunning. 8mo
TheBookHippie Exactly. Isn‘t it mind blowing ?!?! 8mo
megnews @TheBookHippie it is!! @Hooked_on_books they are! it goes on to say that 44,000 in Chicago was 3% of the population which would later became a third of the population, with more black people living in Chicago than Mississippi. And that at one point 10,000 people a month were arriving in Chicago! (edited) 8mo
Librarybelle That is incredible! 8mo
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megnews
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It took me 26 minutes to read 11 pages today but there was lots I wanted to read over again. It‘s early but I think I‘m going to enjoy this book and the writing style.

#OtherSuns

HeatherBookNerd So so good, but it does take some time to get through. 8mo
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megnews
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I did not know the title was inspired by a Richard Wright poem. Coincidentally I just started Eight Men by Wright today as well.

#OtherSuns

TheBookHippie I love it when book worlds collide ! 8mo
Soubhiville That‘s beautiful! 8mo
megnews @Soubhiville isn‘t it? 8mo
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megnews
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Just picked up from library and getting ready to dive in. At 538 pages, I feel the need to get a jump start on the #OtherSuns #buddyread in case I get bogged down. Hoping for 20 pages a day to stay on track.

Librarybelle Good plan! I think @TheBookHippie is also reading a certain number of pages each day. 8mo
TheBookHippie Yes!!! @Librarybelle it‘s how I‘m going to stay on track as well!!!! ❤️📖 8mo
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megnews
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My paper copy came in at the library. Should pick it up and start on Saturday.

#OtherSuns #BuddyRead If anyone else wants to join in let @Librarybelle know!

Librarybelle 🙂❤️ 8mo
Emilymdxn One of my favourite history books of all time! I really hope you like it 8mo
TheBookHippie Yay!!!!! 8mo
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Librarybelle
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@Hooked_on_books @TheBookHippie @megnews ...are you still interested to read this together? What if we said to read this during the month of April and check in periodically with the group? It‘s well over 500 pages, so I know at least with my schedule I‘ll need at least a month to read it. We could use #OtherSuns for posting??

TheBookHippie YES!!!! 8mo
TheBookHippie I‘m thinking of trying to break it up into pages per day 🤣. That‘s how I got through war and peace! 8mo
Theaelizabet @Librarybelle I loved this book. I‘ll be interested in your thoughts/discussions. 8mo
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megnews Sounds good. I‘m going to place it on hold now. Maybe if I get a head start I‘ll be able to finish in time! 8mo
Hooked_on_books Sure, I‘m in. I‘ve set my copy aside so I know where it is and can get started anytime. 8mo
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Librarybelle
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This book has been on my #tbr list forever! Early 20th century, a mass migration occurred...African American families left the South and headed north or west. Cities like Detroit found their demographics change rapidly, and in some ways overnight. But, why? Wilkerson explores this, based on her family‘s experience. I‘ve seen nothing but positive reviews on this book, and I really, really should read this soon! #Detroit67 #TimbitTunes

megnews Been on my tbr a long time too. And I really want to read it. I find the length daunting. 9mo
irre Great on audio 9mo
Librarybelle @megnews Yes! It‘s a hefty book, page wise. 9mo
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Librarybelle @irre Good to know...thanks! 9mo
TheBookHippie I have it sitting here too!!! I do look at it a lot! 9mo
Cinfhen Definite #PageCountPhobia but it‘s meant to be really well done & informative 9mo
Tamra Definitely on my TBR, I just need to buy it. 9mo
Hooked_on_books It‘s been sitting on my shelf a while, too! 9mo
Librarybelle @megnews @TheBookHippie @Tamra @Hooked_on_books Maybe we should read this together? Maybe aim for April? I‘d be very happy to read this with other Littens! Have you read this @Cinfhen ? 9mo
Cinfhen Have not read this @Librarybelle I think the page count is putting me off 🙈 9mo
TheBookHippie @Librarybelle fine by me 📖❤️ 9mo
Tamra @Librarybelle I absolutely would, but I‘ll be in the middle of a grad course and my recreational reading time will be limited and definitely has to be lighter fiction. 😫 9mo
megnews I‘d love to join in when it‘s planned. A buddy read might be the motivation I need. 9mo
Librarybelle Yikes, @Tamra ...you‘ll be busy! Good luck! @TheBookHippie @megnews Let me take a look at some dates and see if we can get something organized. 9mo
TheBookHippie @Librarybelle sounds good to me! 9mo
Hooked_on_books @Librarybelle I‘d be up for a buddy read. I‘m moving in April, so I‘ll be a bit busy at times. I‘ll be sure not to pack my copy away. Keep me posted! 9mo
Amiable I loved this book — a rare 5-star rating from me the year I read it. 8mo
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Anovelobsession
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Not a fan of getting on a plane at 0600 on a Sunday morning...but I have this gem with me. This one is so so good. It‘s a commitment at almost 600 pages but definitely worth it. #airplanereads 📚✈️

LiteraryinLititz Safe travels to wherever you‘re flying! 9mo
Amiable Oh, this book is so good. A rare 5-star read for me. 9mo
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Lea
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This is an excellent story of something I knew nothing about. I learned a lot. The author told the stories of the three central individuals so well, it really brought them to life. I was on the edge of my seat, angered, heartbroken, it was an emotional journey. #diversespines #diversereads #buddyread #readwomen #blackhistorymonth

Reviewsbylola I thought this was on my TBR. Stacking! 9mo
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Floresj
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Excellent narrative nonfiction that chronicles the Great Migration by focusing one 3 personal stories. The differences of the racial and economic injustices that both the North and the South has/have were really interesting. Concerning is the parallels from 1914-1970 and the attitudes toward immigrants and POC today. Well written, definitely a must read to help understand our history!

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Anovelobsession
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I love three day weekends! I feel like I have an extra day just for reading. Today I want to make some progress on this one...it is phenomenal and so beautifully written (and so long!). I‘m also reading As Long As We Both Shall Live which, at only 20% in has me completely intrigued about what's going to happen next. Happy Monday and Happy Reading 🤗📚

JoScho Is that an Oberon cover? 9mo
Anovelobsession @JoScho it is an Oberon. I love it! 9mo
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Lea
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Week 3 #buddyread with @spinesvines is done. This book and the author really brings the stories of the migration to life. #diversespines
Listening while shoveling snow and feeding the birds. We got another 2 feet this weekend. Enjoying the sun and break before the next storm.

tpixie Love the snow ❄️ fun! 9mo
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JulAnna
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I listened to this audio and enjoyed the narration. Overall, it is a very informative and important work and I would say it is worth everyone‘s time and attention. My criticism is that the author is somewhat repetitive and therefore the book felt long.

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Bookboss
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This book has been on my radar since it came out in 2010. Lately I have been hearing it referenced and discussed on several podcasts and radio interviews. I picked it up at my favorite independent bookstore this weekend. It‘s time.

Graywacke Great book! 9mo
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Lea
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Listened to week two of the @spinesvines Instagram #buddyread today while cleaning and then shoveling 4 ft of snow off my car from this weekend‘s storm. The stories are agonizing as you can feel the emotion of the three main characters as they migrate out of the South. #diversespines

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Anovelobsession
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I have two very different books going at the moment - enjoying both very much! 🤗📚

JamieArc They seem like a good balance! I always need something fun or light when reading a heavier chunkster. 9mo
Amiable I was mesmerized by "The Warmth of Other Suns" --it's so wonderful. 9mo
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JulAnna
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Help! Did anyone else listen to the Audible book version of this? Does anyone have a physical copy of the book that they could check for me?
I was listening to this when suddenly, at chapter 42, Ken Burns seemed to cut in with an intro, and then the story went backwards in time and seemed to start over at chapter 43.
Any insight would be appreciated. 😊

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Lea
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Reading this all month with an Instagram #buddyread for #blackhistorymonth - finished week 1 today. It‘s so good, the author is an amazing story teller, reads like historical fiction. #diversespines
Hosted by @spinesvines

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Christine
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So glad I finally got to this one. The gorgeous writing and wonderful characters made it a joy to read, even though the subject matter was often so difficult - deep pain, struggle, and injustices that still reverberate. But affirming and hopeful, too, and Wilkerson‘s list of just some of the famous descendants of the Great Migration was pretty mind-blowing. Robin Miles‘ narration was brilliant as ever.

MrBook Nice review! 10mo
Christine @MrBook Aww thanks! Such an excellent book. 10mo
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Pogue
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1. Flo Kennedy, Sojourner Truth, the Obama‘s, Harriet Tubman, Marsha P. Johnson, John Lewis, All the Buffalo Soldiers, Alice Ball.
2. Nnedi Okorafor, Roxane Gay, Fredrick Douglas, Jamaica Kincaid
3. The Underground Railroad, #metoo, Harlem Renaissance
4. History, fantasy, magical realism
5. History of inventions, stonewall, see question 3.
#blitsyhistorymonth

Chelleo Great list! 10mo
Erofan 👍 9mo
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JulAnna
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#audiowalking
Beautiful snowy morning. I am enjoying the start of this audiobook 😊

Amiable This is such a great book 👍🏼 10mo
Crazeedi Have this on my TBR list 10mo
Kaye Thanks for sharing your book and a pic of your walk . Great job 👍🏼 10mo
jmofo 💗💜 I loved this book. It gets a little repetitive but it‘s wonderful! 10mo
DarcysMom Beautiful picture! 10mo
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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In bed for the night (it‘s only 7:30 🤣) and craving some nonfiction.

Amiable This book is so good--one of my favorites in 2017. 12mo
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Sweettartlaura
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4.5 ⭐️ - too long.
That said, it was damn near perfect. Wilkerson mixes anecdotes with evidence. She shares the dreams and drudgery of people escaping the South through the Great Migration.
It‘s worth reading in its own right. But it‘s more compelling now, with eyes on our Southern border. It‘s worth noting that America wasn‘t hospitable to its own citizens. But despite the fear-mongering and change that came, things turned out fine anyway.

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Sweettartlaura
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22+ hours???
115 chapters???
I may be biting off more than I want to chew 🤔😕😮

#NonfictionNovember

ohyeahthatgirl I was daunted by the size at first, but it was so well written and easy to read. 12mo
Sweettartlaura @ohyeahthatgirl So far I‘m agreeing with you - thanks for the encouragement 🙏🏻 12mo
Amiable This book is SOOO good--it's totally worth the investment of time. 12mo
Mcoun It‘s so worth it! 12mo
MoniqueReads305 This book is so good. I read it and was fascinated by it. I couldn't put it down and cried at the end. 12mo
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Amiable
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A meticulously researched and brilliantly written account of the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities between 1915 to 1970 in search of a better life. The book alternates between a historical account of the facts and a narrative nonfiction account of the lives of three unique individuals: Ida May, George and Robert. I don‘t give out 5 stars very often; this book earned every one of them.

Emilymdxn I loved this book! Possibly my favourite history book I‘ve ever read 12mo
Amiable @Emilymdxn It was SOOO good! 12mo
Crazeedi Thanks for recommendation, will investigate this one! 12mo
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Betty
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I‘m tickled Shonda Rhimes will produce a film adaptation of this book!

ValerieAndBooks Wonderful! I loved Warmth of Other Suns! 1y
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MsLeah8417
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This book is required reading. It contains American history that is often overlooked. Isabel Wilkerson takes on the subject in a way that is engrossing, enlightening and unforgettable. I flagged many passages to revisit in the future. READ.THIS.BOOK
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 #isabelwilkerson #thewarmthofothersuns #twoos #blacklit #africanamericanlit

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They were essentially the same people except for the color of their skin, and many of them arrived into these anonymous receiving stations at around the same time, one set against the other and unable to see the commonality of their communal plight.

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The numbers put forward by the census are believed by some historians to be an underestimate. Unknown numbers of migrants who could pass for white melted into the white population once they left and would not have been counted in the Migration.

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Looking forward to reading this for my July BuddyRead!!

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