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The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

  • Nov 10, 2013 · 5:00 PM
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The poll is now closed and our selection for November will be:

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

Ida Mae Brandon Gladney, a sharecropper's wife, left Mississippi for Milwaukee in 1937, after her cousin was falsely accused of stealing a white man's turkeys and was almost beaten to death. In 1945, George Swanson Starling, a citrus picker, fled Florida for Harlem after learning of the grove owners' plans to give him a "necktie party" (a lynching). Robert Joseph Pershing Foster made his trek from Louisiana to California in 1953, embittered by "the absurdity that he was doing surgery for the United States Army and couldn't operate in his own home town." Anchored to these three stories is Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Wilkerson's magnificent, extensively researched study of the "great migration," the exodus of six million black Southerners out of the terror of Jim Crow to an "uncertain existence" in the North and Midwest. Wilkerson deftly incorporates sociological and historical studies into the novelistic narratives of Gladney, Starling, and Pershing settling in new lands, building anew, and often finding that they have not left racism behind. The drama, poignancy, and romance of a classic immigrant saga pervade this book, hold the reader in its grasp, and resonate long after the reading is done.

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  • lorena

    I had fun

    November 11, 2013

  • Deborah

    So sorry to miss this discussion. I have a houseguest coming. I really liked the book. Very interesting.

    November 10, 2013

  • Jannie D.

    Sorry I won't be able to make it today and hope that my spot can go to someone else. It is a great book, so beautifully written that I am in awe of the author! Keep me posted on future events. Thanks, Scott!

    November 10, 2013

  • Alison S

    So disappointed to miss this discussion! I have to be out of town for work. I look forward to meeting everyone at the next book meeting.

    October 30, 2013

  • Karen S.

    I will be out of town, sad to miss discussion of this interesting book.

    October 20, 2013

  • Jannie D.

    Scott, I'm a little daunted when the turnout is so large that a real conversation can take place. I dropped out last month when I saw that 19 people were attending. How do you handle this?

    October 11, 2013

    • Scott H.

      Hi Jannie, you can see the actual attendance stats based on past meetings. In practice we usually end up with about 8-14 people who show up. I run a larger book club that meets in San Jose and I find that the group only gets to be too large at about 25 people. However, it is definitely a different dynamic at 7 then at 14. Personally, I like the larger groups since more perspectives and domains of expertise are brought to the table.

      October 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm new to the group and was just wondering if ordering food from the cafe to eat during the discussion is part of the event, or not.

    October 10, 2013

    • Scott H.

      Yes, I definitely encourage everyone who attends to make some kind of purchase from the cafe. That is the commitment that I have made to the owner of the cafe in exchange for allowing us to use their cafe for our meetings.

      October 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great! I was hoping that was the case; looking forward to meeting everyone.

      October 11, 2013

  • Jannie D.

    This book is right up my alley.

    September 17, 2013

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