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How Books@Work Program Allowed Readers To See Themselves In Isabel Wilkerson’s “The Warmth Of Other Suns”

by Rachel Burstein Our experience of a book can be changed—and enriched—when we read it alongside people who are different from us. That’s the verdict from participants at a recent Books@Work program in Cleveland. The group read The Warmth of Other Suns from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson. Her meticulously researched and beautifully told history of the Great Migration won a 2011 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. Books@Work is a non-profit organization that brings professor-led literature seminars into the workplace and to a variety of community settings. Few participants in a recent seminar were prepared for how profoundly reading and discussing Isabel Wilkerson’s book would hit them. Many recognized elements of their own family history in the book, causing them to... Read More →

“The Best Book Describing the South” That Most Have Never Read

Nate Shaw, 22, with his wife and young daughter in 1907. When Theodore Rosengarten won the National Book Award in 1975 for "All God's Dangers: The Life of Nate Shaw," he beat out a classic of nonfiction, Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward's "All the President's Men," at the height of the Watergate scandal.  Forty years later, general readers tend to know “All the President’s Men” while Rosengarten’s work is obscure. Now the New York Times has drawn fresh attention to “All God’s Dangers” in "Lost in Literary History: A Tale of Courage in the South." (Read full story here.)  The book began simply -- as a conversation. In 1968, Rosengarten accompanied his future wife, Dale, on a trip to Alabama for research on her senior thesis, an examination of the Sharecroppers Union of the... Read More →
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