The warmth of other suns : the epic story of America’s great migration

From Ellen Druda
Author:  Isabel Wilkerson
The warmth of other suns : the epic story of America’s great migration 
The great migration by African Americans from the South to the North during the 20th century is told through the stories of three individuals who made the trip. We learn about the rough lives of Ida Mae Brandon Gladney, George Swanson Starling and Robert Joseph Pershing Foster in the Jim Crow south: the humiliation and fear, pitiful pay, and brutal working conditions that were regular parts of their daily existence. Separately they make the leap up North, and we follow their lives, for better or worse. Wilkerson interweaves the personal histories with the great history and brings the migration to life with facts, quotes, and an incredible amount of research.  Eye-opening, expansive, and moving, this book sheds brilliant light on an important part of the American story.

To Selena, With Love

From Jackie Cantwell
Author:  Chris Perez
To Selena, With Love
Chris wants you to know that he is more than “the widower of the Queen of Tejano music ,Selena Quintanilla Perez.” Chris was the guitarist for Selena’s band. This is a loving tribute to the Latin music superstar who was gunned down by her fan club president in 1995. Selena won Grammy awards and was poised to be a crossover artist in the same way as Gloria Estefan when she died. But her fans loved her not just because of her music. She gave so much of herself in each concert. She spent lots of time signing autographs after her concerts and made a special effort to reach out to her young fans and those who were sick or disadvantaged. She also adopted animals, including several dogs. Chris tells of her adventurous and daredevil side, where she learned how to ride a motorcycle, went bungee jumping, and loved to drive her cars fast.  She also loved celebrating Christmas and the simpler things like cooking and cleaning the house.  As a child of divorce, Chris never thought much of marriage. But Selena broke down his defenses and taught him how to love.  She had the most exuberant spirit and loved to try new things. He says her laughter was contagious. Chris’s first love was rock and roll and heavy metal music, which he has returned to since Selena’s death. This book is a rare glimpse into the life of a multi-faceted performer.

Please look after Mom

From Eileen Effrat
Author:  Kyung-Sook    Shin
Please look after Mom 
Once you read this novel, you will never look at your Mom in the same light. You will find yourself asking, “Do I really KNOW my Mom?”The story begins when a 69 year old  woman , suffering from dementia, is separated from her husband  at the Seoul train station and  goes missing. While her adult children and husband search for her, each recounts Mom’s sacrifices and their own selfishness…  What emerges is a portrait of a hard working country woman whose life entirely revolved around her children.  This book is more than a guilt ridden soap opera.  For me it explored the complex relationship between grown children and parents. When do children assume the role of parent for aging parents?   What does motherhood entail? Simply written, this is the first English translation of one of South Korea’s best-selling novelists.