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Book Discussion for "The Warmth of Other Suns" by Isabel Wilkerson - PART I

*NOTE* - We've discovered that this book is huge, and might be best to split up for two meetings (esp during the busy holiday season). SO - for December 15th, we will read up to page 259 (stop before the chapter on "Divisions"), and we will follow up with the second half of the book in January. 



Here's our nonfiction pick for the quarter, an interesting historical tale. I'm curious about the sort of analysis Wilkerson will provide, or whether this will simply be a "story of" rather than a theoretical treatise. At any rate, I look forward to discussing it with you!


Here's a short summary of the book:

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration - Isabel Wilkerson
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. 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.


Now let's get to readin'!

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  • Dee

    great group!

    December 15, 2013

  • Bruce B.

    Most excellent.

    December 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We came, we saw, we conquered. Really great discussion, and, as others expressed, talking about the book made me realize how much depth is in the book, the writing style, the stories told. As Dee said, since we’ve broken it up into two parts, we’ll have a lot of time to process today’s ideas and come back with yet more understanding in January. And, as always, thanks to our Broke-Ass Graduate Student® leader Valerie.

    1 · December 15, 2013

  • lorena

    finished the whole book but turns out I can not come this Sunday boo hoo

    December 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I an really enjoying the book but haven't been able to get as far as I'd like before being able to discuss it. I'm going to aim for the 2nd meetup for this one.

    December 14, 2013

  • Gabriel

    Sorry, I can't make it to the Book Club on Sunday.

    December 11, 2013

  • jennifer

    Unfortunately, for me (good for the next person on the waitlist :-} ), I will not be able to attend due to a family gathering has been scheduled for the same time. I plan on being at the Part II discussion as this book offers a lot to talk about! What a great choice. Enjoy!

    December 8, 2013

  • brian b

    It's 640 pages and given how compressed free time gets during the holiday season I'd like to suggest we discuss first half in Dec, second in January.

    1 · November 11, 2013

    • lorena

      Hi, your email says part 1. Is there a part 2?

      November 15, 2013

    • lorena

      my computer is so crazy. I did not receive the suggestion made by brian but I did receive Valerie's reply to his suggestion. How weird!!! Her reply makes more sense if you see the original post.

      November 16, 2013

  • Melissa H.

    It's been a while since I've last joined a meeting! Looking forward to reading and attending this one! Happy reading everyone! :)

    November 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    There are 34 days until our meetup. If you take 538 pages, that averages about 15 pages a day. I loaded it onto my Kindle and have gone through several dozen pages so far. I find it easy to read. I plan to have finished it by early next month.

    November 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This book is right up my alley, but unfortunately I won't be around that day. I'll watch for your next nonfiction meeting.

    November 11, 2013

  • peter r.

    Sorry to miss Dec. 15 but I am selling jewelry in Berkeley Telegraph Avenue that day..

    November 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hope to see you in January.

    November 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just signed up...I've had this get-together on my calendar for months cuz I really want to talk about this book. I'm halfway through it, and it is really interesting and edifying. I'm originally from metro Detroit and now living in Oakland...two of the big destination cities of this migration, so it's especially relevant for me. Angela, please do get the book and join in the discussion.

    The book is more than the stories of the people; it adds snippets of political history, quick stories of other families' experiences in the migration, sections putting the migration in perspective in human history, and then insights and realizations of the people themselves that inform a longer view.

    The pace is great, and every page is engrossing.

    November 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This book sounds interesting. Looking forward to reading it and attending this event.

    October 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can I attend this event? It says RSVPs closed.

    October 5, 2013

    • Valerie F.

      rsvps don't open until the evening of the prior event. check back then!

      October 6, 2013

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