I was brought up in the west during the 40’and 50’ and could never understand why I could not play at my girlfriends house nor she mine and it was never explained. I never asked.
In the 60’and 70 we lived in an apartment where a gal and her family moved in from the South and she cried day and night that she wanted her “ nanny “ to come to take care of her kids, cook and clean for her
This book brings incredible insight as to their plight and times…. And should be a must read. I would highly recommend it.
Perhaps the best audio-book I have ever experienced. I'd have given it sixes across the board. The Warmth of Other Suns should be required reading for every American. The story of the Great Migration is presented magnificently: marvelously written and narrated. As a middle-aged white man who just missed the Jim Crow era in my state, I had been a bit wary of this book since it came out and won all those awards a few years ago. I don't enjoy being preached to, even when it's well-merited. Moreover, the subject is so vast, daunting and ultimately kind of a bummer. Ms. Wilkinson, however, does not preach. She simply tells her tale. And she tells it so well: a vibrant and sometimes thrilling triptych of immigrant’s stories, different in personality, time and geography, set against the six decade backdrop of the story of the Migration itself. I think it’s the most important work of American popular history in the last ten years. Ms. Miles’ narration is perfect. Well done in every way!
This is one of the finest audiobooks I have listened to
I am a northern-born, white woman who prides herself in knowing about our world. The Warmth of Other Suns was like an awakening - to the cause and affect of slavery, the scars of the terrorism that was Jim Crow, the families and people the book follow who leave everything they know in hopes of just being treated equally. The human realities of being a migrant, the temptations of city life up North, the struggle for work, education, family and familiarity. I think it is a "don't miss" - the story takes you along, is interesting at every juncture, and the narrator is phenomenol. I learned so much and loved the telling.
Listen on dog walks, commutes and around the house. Welcome virtually any genre but southern fiction holds a special place in my heart.
As a Yankee transplant to the South who has lived in Birmingham, Alabama, for more than 15 years, I found this book fascinating. From the minute I arrived in Alabama, I was acutely aware of the race relations issues still lingering and I found myself studying the history of Alabama especially as it relates to the civil rights movement. One visit to the impressive Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, and its Jim Crow installation including a "White Only" water fountain leaves a lasting impression especially when you walk out the front door and find yourself standing in front of the 16th Street Baptist Church where 4 little girls were murdered in 1963 by a church bomb. Kudos to Ms. Wilkerson and her extensive research which is so eloquently set forth in this book. If I could make this book required reading in every American middle or high school, I would. We may have come a long way since Jim Crow but we still have so far to go and this is the kind of book that opens up the important dialogue necessary between the races to keep the improvement of race relations front and center.
Linda in Omaha
A great history of African-American's struggle to overcome the scourge of slavery and severe racism in this country, particularly in the south. I grew up in the north and was never aware of the struggle. I thought the races had always been equal. This book reveals that it has been a long, hard road to equality, and why the cultures in America are so different in many ways. A great history lesson that takes us up to the present day.
I have been an Audible listener since 2006. I love Audible... My question is, when will all books be published in Audio format?
For me yes! the ability to bring the characters to life and give a resonant sound to the telling of the story made this story come to life for me.
Any and all great epic stories that have historical implication.
Not that I am aware of, but her work on the Great Migration is outstanding!
Yes, if it could have only been possible I would have wiled away the time all at once.
This is one of the most compelling eras of the history of this country. The absence of these voices from the telling of the history of this country is a deplorable shame! Thank you Isabel for bringing these voices to life and the inclusion of this epic era in my understanding of my own family and the role the Great Migration played in the history of Black people in the United States.
A part of American history not often mentioned in the books.
The Worst Hard Times. About the people who stayed behind on the dust bowl farms. This was also a time of great migration in the US
Well read, well researched and
Phat Girl Slim
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.