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The Color of Water A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother (Hardcover)

Author:  James McBride
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 1417788240
ISBN-13: 9781417788248
Sku: 207554188
Publish Date: 8/13/2012
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 1T
Pages:  311
Age Range:  NA
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As a boy, I never knew where my mother was from--where she was born, who her parents were. When I asked she'd say, "God made me." (from the first line)
For use in schools and libraries only. An African-American man describes life as the son of a white mother and black father, reflecting on his mother''s contributions to his life and his confusion over his own identity.
A young black man's search to uncover his white mother's past and his own identity. Born in Poland, the daughter of a rabbi, James McBride's mother grew up in the Southern United States, ran away to Harlem, married a black man and founded a Baptist church, and then proceeded to put 12 children through college. McBride examines her life, his own childhood in Brooklyn's Red Hook housing projects, and the force of his mother's love which guided his and his siblings' lives.


Kirkus Reviews
"An eloquent narrative in which a young black man searches for his roots--against the wishes of his mother. Mc Bride, a professional saxophonist and former staff writer for the Boston Globe and Washington Post, grew up with 11 siblings in an all-black Brooklyn, New York, housing project. As a child, he became aware that his mother was different from others around him: She was white, and she kept secrets...McBride's mother should take much pleasure in this loving if sometimes uncomfortable memoir, which embodies family values of the best kind. Other readers will take pleasure in it as well." 11/01/1995

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"James McBride evokes his childhood trek across the great racial divide with the kind of power and grace that touches and uplifts all hearts." - Bebe Moore Campbell

New York Times Book Review
"...[S]uffused with issues of race, religion and identity. Yet those issues, so much a part of their lives and stories, are not central. The triumph of the book--and of their lives--is that race and religion are transcended in these interwoven histories by family love, the sheer force of a mother's will and her unshakable insistence that only two things really mattered: school and is her voice--unique, incisive, at once unsparing and ironic--that is dominant in this paired history, and its richest contribution....The two stories, son's and mother's, beautifully juxtaposed, strike a graceful note at a time of racial polarization."

"As James discovers the facts of [his white mother's] childhood, he hears about a disturbed family of Orthodox Jews living on the edge of a Southern town, in a no-man's land between the black and white communities. So the book tells two life stories, Ruth's and James's--both stories are gripping and unusuals. Both tell of human struggles in a country divided by religion and race." - Claire Rosser

African Su Times
"James McBride's efforts in re-creating his mother's life deserve much praise and merit. From his personal vantage point, we come to realize how serious our country's "racial cancer" really is; and the indisputable possibilities for survival....However, more captivating is what's written between the lines. For James, who craved to know his ethnic roots, inadvertently discovered the complexities of the human will and the courage manifested in the will to survive. He also discovered that along the cruel path that life bestowed upon them, the world that Ruth McBride Jordan built for her twelve children, with no money and no skills, became the difference between success and failure. 'The Color of Water' is in reality one woman's triumph over adversity and devastation." - Desiree Agudo 04/16/97

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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0311
Product attributePublisher:   Turtleback Books
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