“The Warmth of Other Suns” and the shrinking Queen

Brendon of the Books was here last week, bringing with him an excellent lunch, by the way, something more of you should think about.  In the sniffing around about what each other was reading he nominated Isabel Wilkerson’s The Warmth of Other Suns as being one of his recent favorites, so when lunch was over we snagged the Library’s copy for ourself, and sure enough, it’s excellent and of enormous interest to anyone seeking to understand what happened to cities in the last century and why, and how the Great Migration of southern African Americans to northern cities came about and who made the trek and why.  It’s of special interest as the 2010 census information emerges.  We thought about it today when we read about Cincinnati’s population dropping below 300,000 which we believe has as much to do with equal opportunity suburbanization as anything.

-Nemo Wolfe

Published in: on March 10, 2011 at 10:55 am  Comments (3)  

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  1. Two quick responses to this post:

    1) I would definitely highly recommend The Warmth of Other Suns. When I heard about it I went to get it at the public library and they had about 100 people on the wait list. So I was surprised and happy to find it at the Mercantile with no wait (and the ability to renew a couple times on a book that was long enough that it took me a while to get through it). That alone just about made my membership fee worth it.

    2)The population dropped below 300,000 not 200,000 (now THAT would be scary!).

  2. Quite right. Scary enough going below 300k. If we had a newspaper, we might know which neighborhoods are emptying.

  3. Gavin, thanks for pointing that out. We’ve corrected it in the post so future generations reading this blog won’t think we’re idiots.
    -The Editors

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