February Book Announced: The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

Tother-suns-bookhis February please join us in reading: The Warmth of Other Suns – The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson.

The book club will meet in February at our new time 6:30-8 PM on Wednesday, February 8.  All our monthly meetings are held at  Old Firehouse Books (232 Walnut Street Old Town Fort Collins, CO 80524).

According to New York Times Sunday Book Review:

“The Warmth of Other Suns” is Wilkerson’s first book. (Its title is borrowed from the celebrated black writer Richard Wright, who fled Jim Crow Mississippi in the 1920s to feel the warmth of those other suns.) Based on more than a thousand interviews, written in broad imaginative strokes, this book, at 544 pages, is something of an anomaly in today’s shrinking world of nonfiction publishing: a narrative epic rigorous enough to impress all but the crankiest of scholars, yet so immensely readable as to land the author a future place on Oprah’s couch.

Wilkerson follows the journey of three Southern blacks, each representing a different decade of the Great Migration as well as a different destination. It’s a shrewd storytelling device, because it allows her to highlight two issues often overlooked: first, that the exodus was a continuous phenomenon spanning six decades of American life; second, that it consisted of not one, but rather three geographical streams, the patterns determined by the train routes available to those bold enough to leave.

If you can’t make the event but want to learn more about the book and author, check out this NPR interview.

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