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The Color of Water 10th Anniversary Edition [Paperback]

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Item Specifications...

Pages   328
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.9" Width: 5" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 7, 2006
Publisher   Riverhead Trade
Age  18
ISBN  159448192X  
EAN  9781594481925  

Availability  151 units.
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Item Description...
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.

Publishers Description
The "New York Times"bestselling story from the author of "The Good Lord Bird," winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction.
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 1, 1921. 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 65, 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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More About James McBride

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! James McBride is an accomplished musician and author of the National Book Award-winning The Good Lord Bird, the #1 bestselling American classic The Color of Water, and the bestsellers Song Yet Sung and Miracle at St. Anna. He is also the author of Kill 'Em and Leave, a James Brown biography. A recipient of the National Humanities Medal in 2016, McBride is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University.

James McBride currently resides in South Nyack, in the state of New Jersey. James McBride was born in 1921.

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Inspiring, powerful stuff ... and a must read.  Oct 30, 2008
I purchased this immediately after reading "Miracle at St. Anna" by the same author ... and after googling his name. What a great, inspirational, moving tribute (to his mom and his family) and story (for us all). This, along with movies like American History X, should be mandatory reading/viewing in high schools all across this country. Can diverse peoples get along? To quote Sarah Palin (irony intended): "You betcha."

This is a wonderful read. Bravo to Mr. McBride.
Good Book  Oct 15, 2008
This book is an autobiography by James McBride about the conjunction of an African-American male by the name of Andrew Dennis McBride and a Caucasian female by the name of Ruth McBride. After having twelve children, life becomes hectic in the McBride household. However, this chaos isn't quite as severe as the abuse that Ruth receives as a child.

Tateh, Ruth's father, sexually abuses, beats, and works Ruth as a youngster. Ruth is forced to work in a store that Tateh owns to help support the Jewish family. Because of this and Tateh's cheating on his wife, Ruth decides to run away after her brother, Sam, did also. She is pregnant from her African-American boyfriend, Peter, and doesn't want to deal with the havoc that would be given from her family as well.

After leaving her family and separating from her boyfriend, Ruth meets a new Christian man in Harlem, where she runs away, by the name of Dennis. Because Ruth despise the racial slurs thrown at her for being Jewish her whole life, she decides to convert to a Christian. The couple open a church called The New Brown Memorial Church to remember their favorite preacher, Reverend Brown. Unfortunately,before Dennis's and Ruth's eighth child, James, Dennis passes away from lung cancer. After moving onto her final husband, Hunter Jordan, she gives birth to four more children.

Throughout this memoir, James is able to relate his life to his mothers. Because of this, he becomes addicted to drugs, but eventually is able to straighten out his life with his sister, Jack, to recognize the importance of independence and hard work.
First rate memoir  Oct 12, 2008
I started to write first rate mixed-race memoir, but hell, this is just plain first rate writing no matter how you slice it. As one of 12 kids in desperately poor conditions, McBride survived and triumphed, as apparently did all 11 of his siblings. And they owe much of this to their mother, who did her best for them. This is a "double memoir," being the story of both the author and his mother, a Jewish immigrant who survived an abusive and nearly loveless childhood, but finally found love - twice - and somehow successfully raised all those kids, the products of two good matches with men who took their parenting responsibilities seriously. I wonder if Barack Obama has read this book. There are undoubtedly personal and racial identity problems here to which he could relate. If I could call him up, I'd certainly recommend it to him. I'm also recommending it to another author I know, Stella Suberman, who wrote the warm memoir of growing up Jewish in the south, THE JEW STORE. But hey, I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to know a little more about the nature of being a human being. - Tim Bazzett, author of Reed City Boy
Double standards  Oct 12, 2008
Lets imagine that a Jewish author writes a book that features all the well known evil racist stereotypes of Afro-Americans. Everyone would be up in arms (justifiably) and condemn the book. Here we have a book penned by an Afro-American that contains many anti-Semitic stereotypes supposedly related to the author by his mother who pathologically rejected her Jewish roots, and everyone praises the book. I am both puzzled and offended. In addition if his mother had used the same child rearing practices 20 years later her children would have been sent to foster homes.
Better than expected  Oct 6, 2008
I think this story trancends race. It's really just a story of a mother who made choices and gave her all in an extremely trying environement. I was moved. I read this after reading Miracle at St. Anna which was great!

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