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    DescriptionThe "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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    Title
    The Color of Water
    Subtitle
    A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) James McBride
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 328
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 201 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 227 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781594481925
    ISBN 10: 159448192X
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21500
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: BGA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0A
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    BIC subject category V2: JFSL3, JFFJ
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/FAMILY, CULT/MIDATL, CULT/NRTHES, GEOG/NEWYRK
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET020
    Ingram Theme: ETHN/AFROAM
    BIC subject category V2: VFVX
    B&T Approval Code: A23306400
    BISAC V2.8: SOC031000, BIO002000
    B&T Approval Code: A31680000
    Ingram Theme: LOCL/NYNEWY
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    DC21: 974.71004960
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    BISAC region code: 4.0.1.2.2.0.0
    LC classification: F128.9.N4 M328 2006
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    Thema V1.0: VFV, VFX, DNC, DNB, JBFA, JBSL1, JBSL
    Edition
    10
    Edition statement
    10th
    Publisher
    Penguin Putnam Inc
    Imprint name
    Riverhead Books,U.S.
    Publication date
    07 February 2006
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    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," which was turned into a film by Spike Lee. McBride is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University.
    Review quote
    Praise for "The Color of Water" "[A] triumph."--"The New York Times Book Review" "As lively as a novel, a well-written, thoughtful contribution to the literature on race."--"The Washington Post Book World" "Inspiring."--"Glamour" "Vibrant."--"The Boston Globe" "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