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The color of water : a Black man's tribute to his white mother

Author: James McBride
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, [1996] ©1996
Edition/Format:   book_printbook : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Who is Ruth McBride Jordan? A self-declared "light-skinned" woman evasive about her ethnicity, yet steadfast in her love for her twelve 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 memoir.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
McBride, James, 1957-
Color of water.
New York : Riverhead Books, 1996
(OCoLC)805924863
Named Person: Ruth McBride-Jordan; James McBride; James McBride; Ruth McBride-Jordan
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James McBride
ISBN: 1573220221 9781573220224 9781417788248 1417788240
OCLC Number: 33044768
Description: xiii, 228 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Dead --
The bicycle --
Kosher --
Black power --
The Old Testament --
The New Testament --
Sam --
Brothers and sisters --
Shul --
School --
Boys --
Daddy --
New York --
Chicken man --
Graduation --
Driving --
Lost in Harlem --
Lost in Delaware --
The promise --
Old man Shilsky --
A bird who flies --
A Jew discovered --
Dennis --
New brown --
Finding Ruthie.
Responsibility: James McBride.

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Who is Ruth McBride Jordan? A self-declared "light-skinned" woman evasive about her ethnicity, yet steadfast in her love for her twelve 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 memoir.

This volume is the autobiography of the author, first published in 1995; it is also a tribute to his mother. The chapters alternate between the author's descriptions of his early life and first-person accounts of his mother Ruth's life, mostly taking place before her son was born. The author depicts the conflicting emotions that he endured as he struggled to discover who he truly was, as his mother narrates the hardships that she had to overcome as a white, Jewish woman who chose to marry a black man in 1942.

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