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Title:The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother
Format Type:Ebook
Author:James McBride
Publisher:eBooks
ISBN:1573225789
ISBN 13:
Number of Pages:291
Category:Non fiction, Memoir, Biography, African american

The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother Touches readers of all colors as a vivid portrait of growing up a haunting meditation on race and identity and a lyrical valentine to a mother from her son .

Who is Ruth McBride Jordan A self declared light skinned woman evasive about her ethnicity yet steadfast in her love for her twelve black children James McBride journalist musician and son explores his mother s past as well as his own upbringing and heritage in a poignant and powerful debut The Color Of Water A Black Man s Tribute to His White Mother .

The son of a black minister and a woman who would not admit she was white James McBride grew up in orchestrated chaos with his eleven siblings in the poor all black projects of Red Hook Brooklyn Mommy a fiercely protective woman with dark eyes full of pep and fire herded her brood to Manhattan s free cultural events sent them off on buses to the best and mainly Jewish schools demanded good grades and commanded respect As a young man McBride saw his mother as a source of embarrassment worry and confusion and reached thirty before he began to discover the truth about her early life and long buried pain .

In The Color of Water McBride retraces his mother s footsteps and through her searing and spirited voice recreates her remarkable story The daughter of a failed itinerant Orthodox rabbi she was born Rachel Shilsky actually Ruchel Dwara Zylska in Poland on April Fleeing pogroms her family emigrated to America and ultimately settled in Suffolk Virginia a small town where anti Semitism and racial tensions ran high With candor and immediacy Ruth describes her parents loveless marriage her fragile handicapped mother her cruel sexually abusive father and the rest of the family and life she abandoned .

At seventeen after fleeing Virginia and settling in New York City Ruth married a black minister and founded the all black New Brown Memorial Baptist Church in her Red Hook living room God is the color of water Ruth McBride taught her children firmly convinced that life s blessings and life s values transcend race Twice widowed and continually confronting overwhelming adversity and racism Ruth s determination drive and discipline saw her dozen children through college and most through graduate school At age she herself received a degree in social work from Temple University .

Interspersed throughout his mother s compelling narrative McBride shares candid recollections of his own experiences as a mixed race child of poverty his flirtations with drugs and violence and his eventual self realization and professional success The Color of Water touches readers of all colors as a vivid portrait of growing up a haunting meditation on race and identity and a lyrical valentine to a mother from her son

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