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This book brought tears to my eyes more than once. It is so well written and the narration is flawless. I actually selected this book after doing a search for books narrated by Robin Miles: She is EXCELLENT.
I learned so much while listening to this book. It's filled with so much social, political and economic US history that most Americans don't know about. I paused several times to take notes. A lot of it was difficult to listen to because it was so very sad, but there was no graphic violence for violence sake.
I recommended this book to any and everyone. You will not be disappointed.
Although it is non-fiction, the author captures individual stories and weaves them into and through historic events in a way that emphasizes the personal tales while illuminating the era. The narration is easy on the ears, with well-defined voices for the different characters. The thesis of a "great migration" is well put together and supported. I recommend this book highly to anyone interested in American history, as it tells a story that is often omitted from classes and lessons.
The histroy came alive through the eyes and experiences of a few amazing humans trying to find a peaceful existance in the American apartheid and racism. Hearing the experiences of just traveling across the USA not 60 years ago and how harrowing it was for people of color is truly a story of courage. This compelling history proves that we are far from post-racial as it is within the last 40 years that some of these stories still tell of injustice.
Having seen the author interviewed many times by the press, I approached this with great interest. The book could easily have been a 5 star based on the style and the material. What detracts is the poor job of editing. Repetition abounds, leaving the reader annoyed at being told the same things over and over as if we otherwise just wouldn't get it.
Being a child of a migrant, there were things about the way my parents looked at things that I didn't understand. How we were supposed to present ourselves, speak and achieve. That my father didn't really talk about what went on, even though he worked (full time) in the Civil Rights movement. I get it now. I think this book is a must-read for the descendants of the migrants, those in the south whose family members left, and ALL Americans.
This book needs to be digested in several parts. To listen to all of this at once is to miss much of the detail that must be absorbed. This is not a book to listen to while you are distracted. This should be required reading for all high schoolers.
totally useless with a new book in my hands. . .unfortunately libraries take a lot of space, which i don't have. . . i have an hour's commute to work, so. . . o. . .0. . . here i am. . . i like nonfiction, but an occasional good novel is nice, too. i'm told that i like "heavy" reading. . .maybe. . .but i also can lose myself in a little light reading as well. . .
everyone should read this book: a documentary that enriched me immensely!
ida mae's courage when the mob bent on cruelty came to her door in the night.
another long moment was driving across the desert with dr. foster and having no place to rest or shower.
no, but i'm going to!
my overall most-of-the-time feeling was of being appalled at the ugly bigotry of the south and how it had flourished for so long. what a way to look at other human beings! i was always smiling when i heard from ida mae. unfortunately dr. foster and george starling did not ever reach a full measure of peace and their lives were always dimmed by frustration and disappointment. i felt that ida mae had a quality within and a deep spiritual peace that enabled her to succeed fully in reaching her modest goals and thus achieved a happier life than either of the two men. she really inspired me.
ms. wilkerson is a compelling writer. she took a huge project on, made it manageable, readable, and introduced these three representatives of the great migration in such a way that i really knew them. her depth of involvement in their lives in order to document their stories and her obvious deep love and respect for them and their lives were obvious.
The history presented in this story of three southern African Americans was obviously well researched. The narrative intersperses personal stories from oral histories of the three protagonists with what is known from other histories and research. You end up with a very believable and nuanced understanding of what life must have been like for African Americans after the Civil War, how hard it must have been to migrate away from family and home, and how difficult life was in the cities of the north and the west. While life was clearly difficult, the story is like-life, with happy times and sad times, so it's not depressing. The three main characters are multidimensional, warm, and real. Their own words are used in the story -- and the narrator makes every effort to pronounce them as they actually did. She's so good with the southern accents that you feel like the characters are really the ones speaking. It makes you think that perhaps the narrator listened to actual recordings to make sure that the emotions and dialects were correct. The narration is fantastic, speaking in everyday language for the characters and more scholarly-sounding language when presenting findings from other studies.
My only criticism: the author added a bit of unfounded interpretation at the very end, doing psychological analyses of the characters that was unfounded. This is an extremely minor point -- I couldn't wait to do my exercise every day so that I could get my dose of this amazing listen.
I bought the book because I felt that I should at least have it in my collection, if for no other reason than it was highly and critically acclaimed. Even so, I hesitated to read it. Not sure exactly why that was. Perhaps precisely because it had been critically acclaimed? I am not really sure.
Once I began reading it, I understood why I had to read it. I had to read it so that I can encourage others to read it. Those who would want to know the truth about what it was like to live as a black person in America seventy-five to one hundred years ago and forward; those who need to know the history of Americans who less than fifty years ago, lived in fear of life and limb sometimes - for the most minor of perceived infractions at best, and no violation at worst - they would find their lives hung on a limb.
Wilkerson tells the compelling story of racial injustice and its lingering affects. This well researched volume incorporates documented historical facts with personal accounts. It is presented in the oral tradition of the personal accounts from individuals who actually lived the migration to the “warmth of other suns” when they could not longer suffer under the rays of injustice and systemic and systematic racism in America’s south. This accounting of what they found and what their lives became is a volume that IS worthy of being required reading. This is not the product of someone’s lazy, clichéd, stereotypical imagination. This is a work of intellectual proportion that is easily accessible to everyone. This book deserves conversation. It adds enormously to the body of literature of the history our Country.
a lover of books and finer things
Hearing the lives of the main people woven together and seeing how they all strived for a better life and what they found was often not better just different.
Stamina. If I had been reading this book it would have taken me weeks possibly months to get through. This is a long book. Whether you are reading it or listening to it.
There are some parts of this book that will make you weep about all the lives that were lost for saying hello to a person or how one race actually believed they were better than someone else when they weren't even born in the United States. This is a book that should be read and discussed. The history books in schools are still lopped-sided. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X weren't the only freedom fighters and leaders. There were millions of everyday people who made changes simply by leaving one part of the country for another and it has shaped the world that we live in today and they should be known for their courage and sacrifice along with MLK Jr. and Malcolm X. I love the Shoah Foundation that has been preserving the memories of the Holocaust survivors as much as possible before they have all passed. There should be a central place that is capturing the memories and stories of blacks and African-Americans before all of the internal immigrants have passed away.