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Book Club February 2021 - The Warmth of Other Suns

We’re starting a Book Club!

We may be stuck inside, but our minds don’t have to be. We invite you to take a virtual trip with us to discover different parts of America’s great quilt.

Across the Pond Book Club features a different book by an American author around a monthly theme.

For February, we’re celebrating Black History Month with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson’s seminal work, The Warmth of Other Suns. Spanning decades, the book details America’s largest  migration and our ongoing journey of identity.

From the Publisher:

From 1915 to 1970, an exodus of almost six million people would change the face of America. With stunning historical detail, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson gives us this definitive, vividly dramatic account of how these journeys unfolded.

Based on interviews with more than a thousand people, and access to new data and official records, The Warmth of Other Suns tells the story of America’s Great Migration through the lives of three unique individuals: Ida Mae Gladney, who in 1937 left sharecropping and prejudice in Mississippi for Chicago, where she achieved quiet blue-collar success and, in old age, voted for Barack Obama when he ran for an Illinois Senate seat; sharp and quick-tempered George Starling, who in 1945 fled Florida for Harlem, where he endangered his job fighting for civil rights, saw his family fall, and finally found peace in God; and Robert Foster, who left Louisiana in 1953 to pursue a medical career, the personal physician to Ray Charles as part of a glitteringly successful medical career.

Wilkerson brilliantly captures their first treacherous and exhausting cross-country journeys, as well as how they changed their new homes forever.

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