The Warmth of Other Suns

The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

Wilkerson, Isabel

Book - 2010
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Warmth of Other Suns
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. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America.

Publisher: New York : Random House, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0679444327
Branch Call Number: E185.6 .W685 2010
E185.6 .W685 2010
304.809 W681w
Characteristics: x, 622 p. ; 25 cm


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Jul 09, 2014
  • enigma122 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

interesting informative history through the eyes of those who lived it

Jun 28, 2014
  • ShirleyRDavis rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Although a true documentary, "Warmth of other Suns" took me on a personal journey of the lives of Black people through the era of the Black Migration. It affirmed and appended some, many of the common threads in the history of my family through its careful reconstruction of the history of the three families highlighted throughout its pages. This is truly a book to read, share with all others who will attend, and keep in your personal library of African-American history.

May 06, 2014
  • becker rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An incredible and fascinating narrative non-fiction about the extensive migration of the American black population from the Jim Crow south into California and the northern states. This book focuses on the time period from WWI to the Civil rights movement in the 60's. The book was a bit longer than it needed to be in my opinion but was a very interesting read.

May 05, 2014

This personalizes the effects of this migration and makes it understandable.

Nov 11, 2013
  • susankent rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This sociological and historical account based on three lives in particular and stories from hundreds of other interviews is not only fascinating reading - it also provides a new framework for thinking about other books (and movies) on the civil rights movement. Highly recommended.

Aug 15, 2013
  • stevie22 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Slow and hard to read but had great content. Sometimes I would get the characters mixed up. Historically speaking it would be a good history textbook.

Aug 29, 2012

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Aug 08, 2012
  • haha rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

An extremely interesting read. The Warmth of Other Suns was one of those books that are a must read to understand the experiences of others.
Very touching, inspiring, and sometimes sad.

Aug 02, 2012
  • uncommonreader rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An exhaustive study of the migration of six million Afro-Americans from the south to the north, told through three narratives. Long but worth it.

Jul 07, 2012
  • shizuku_san rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I couldn't put this book down. It follows the stories of three of the Great Migration's migrants from childhood to death, mainly consisting of anecdotes recounted by those people. Some of the stories are horrifying, some sad, and some inspiring. The stories make history come alive. I feel like I have a much better sense of what this period in American history was like, even though the book as a whole is not particularly scholarly.

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