Isabel Wilkerson's work is a masterpiece. The true stories of three families who migrated from the South to the North is easy to read even though the book is over 600 pages. This book got me thinking about my grandparents and why they moved from Georgia and Texas to live in Chicago. I wish they were alive today so I could interview them. After reading this book, I feel an even greater respect and awe for the generations of black people who had the courage to make the journey. I intend to somehow convey the beauty and relevance of their triumph to this current generation.
I'm reading this book for the second time because the author, Jeannette Walls, is coming to speak at McKendree University pretty soon and I can't wait to hear her. Her memoir crystallized something I already knew--I can probably get by on less stuff than I think can. Her eccentric family may have been dysfunctional in some people's eyes but I liked them. Jeannette adored her father, except for when he got drunk and was abusive. Kids are quite resilient though, and this family exemplifies that quality more than any I've ever known.
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