Monday, March 11, 2013

Recommended reading

The Warmth of Other Suns

Suggesting a book to read over spring break:  The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson. The library has four copies available for checkout at call number E185.6 .W685 2010 on the 2nd floor of the library in the Black Collection. Read brief exerpt of the review from Booklist below:

"From the early twentieth century through its midpoint, some six million black southerners relocated themselves, their labor, and their lives, to the North, changing the course of civil, social, and economic life in the U.S. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Wilkerson offers a broad and penetrating look at the Great Migration, a movement without leaders or precedent. Drawing on interviews and archival research, Wilkerson focuses on three individuals with varying reasons for leaving the South the relentless poverty of sharecropping with few other opportunities, escalating racial violence, and greater social and economic prospects in the North. She traces their particular life stories, the sometimes furtive leave-takings; the uncertainties they faced in Chicago, New York, and L.A.; and the excitement and longing for freer, more prosperous lives."

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We hope you will enjoy this award-winning book.

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