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Download The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 5 4.50 (6 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Isabel Wilkerson Narrator: Robin Miles Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN:
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In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize - winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to previously untapped data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves.

With stunning detail, Wilkerson tells this story 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 state 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 medicine, becoming the personal physician to Ray Charles as part of a glitteringly successful career that allowed him to purchase a grand home where he often threw exuberant parties.

Wilkerson brilliantly captures her subjects' first treacherous and exhausting cross-country trips by car and train and their new lives in colonies that grew into ghettos, as well as how they changed their new cities with southern food, faith, and culture and improved them with discipline, drive, and hard work. Both a riveting microcosm and a major assessment, The Warmth of Other Suns is a bold, remarkable work, a superb account of an unrecognized immigration within our own land. Through the breadth of its narrative, the beauty of the writing, the depth of its research, and the fu... Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cara | 5/23/2011

    " Unbelievable perspective on racial issues in American and where the root causes are. Appreciate the real life stories of the 3 people whose lives she follows and how she intermingles these stories with historical fact and additional real life tales. A bit wordy in places and long. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 5/19/2011

    " Normally I don't read non-fiction, but this book was excellent, very well written, and quite enjoyable. It was well researched and intertwined three lifetimes with many more stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 5/19/2011

    " Incredibly well written for a history book with so much detail. She captures so much of this sad era in our history in a few people's stories, I couldn't put it down for long. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 5/14/2011

    " Im on a history kick and this was a good one but only for history buffs "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adilee | 5/11/2011

    " Extremely interesting and insightful. I learned many things I didn't know and became aware of things I never would have thought about. I was a tad bit annoyed by the repetition in historical parts, but the book still deserves a high rating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben | 5/8/2011

    " Astonishingly good and important. It's really long-but engrossing and a page turner. "

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About the Author
Author Isabel Wilkerson

Isabel Wilkerson won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for her reporting as Chicago bureau chief of the New York Times. The award made her the first black woman in the history of American journalism to win a Pulitzer Prize and the first African American to win for individual reporting. She won the George Polk Award for her coverage of the Midwest and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for her research into the Great Migration. She has lectured on narrative writing at the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University and has served as Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University and as the James M. Cox Jr. Professor of Journalism at Emory University. She is currently a professor of Journalism and director of narrative nonfiction at Boston University. During the Great Migration, her parents journeyed from Georgia and southern Virginia to Washington, DC, where she was born and raised.

About the Narrator

Robin Miles began her audiobook narration in 1994 covering many different genres and has won twenty-six AudioFile Earphones awards. In 2014 she won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in the Inspirational/Faith-Based Nonfiction category. Her film and television credits include The Last Days of Disco, Primary Colors, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order, New York Undercover, National Geographic’s Tales from the Wild, All My Children, and One Life to Live. She regularly gives seminars to members of SAG and AFTRA actors’ unions, and in 2005 she started Narration Arts Workshop in New York City, offering audiobook recording classes and coaching. She holds a BA degree in Theater Studies from Yale University, an MFA in acting from the Yale School of Drama, and a certificate from the British American Drama Academy in England.