If you read just one thing this year make it “The Warmth of Other Suns” by Isabel Wilkerson.
You may be distracted as I was about what it takes to create such a masterpiece of history and make it such a compelling read at 500+ pages, but it is so well paced you will likely be upset when you have completed the read.
Over six million blacks left the South between 1917-1975 and it was truly a great migration in our country that few stop to marvel about. Wilkerson gives us the story of three such people two men and one woman and presents their journey along with what was happening in the country in the period of time they were adjusting to the new homes. I enjoyed the book so much that I ended up buying multiple copies and sending them to my several friends I knew wouldn’t jump out the window at the prospect of a book this thick. Here is the New York Times book review, it was later listed as one of the best books of 2011.
It is the perfect book to give to a friend and to ask them to pass it along to another friend.
This is the perfect read for February to celebrate Black History Month and to remember the dream.