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The Color of Water : A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother
The Color of Water A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother
Author: James McBride
As a boy in Brooklyn's Red Hook projects, James McBride knew his mother was different. But when he asked about it, she'd simply say, "I'm light-skinned." Later he wondered if he was different, too, and asked his mother if he was black or white. "You're a human being," she snapped. "Educate yourself or you...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781594481925
ISBN-10: 159448192X
Publication Date: 2/7/2006
Pages: 352
Edition: 10th Annv
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4 stars, based on 92 ratings
Publisher: Riverhead Trade
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 4
Order this book ... and please don't be put off by its pallid subtitle, A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother, which doesn't begin to do justice to the utterly unique and moving story contained within. The Color of Water tells the remarkable story of Ruth McBride Jordan, the two good men she married, and the 12 good children she raised. Jordan, born Rachel Shilsky, a Polish Jew, immigrated to America soon after birth; as an adult she moved to New York City, leaving her family and faith behind in Virginia. Jordan met and married a black man, making her isolation even more profound. The book is a success story, a testament to one woman's true heart, solid values, and indomitable will. Ruth Jordan battled not only racism but also poverty to raise her children and, despite being sorely tested, never wavered. In telling her story--along with her son's--The Color of Water addresses racial identity with compassion, insight, and realism. It is, in a word, inspiring, and you will finish it with unalloyed admiration for a flawed but remarkable individual. And, perhaps, a little more faith in us all. Over 2 years on THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LIST
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this book steals my heart every single time i read it. james mcbride has done such an excellent job describing the true meaning of family.
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Family history, and screts, and religion, and race all meshed into a heartfelt story. A complelling tale that take you on the journey as the son learns more and more about his past.
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An amazing wonderful book about a mother's love for her family.
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This was a great book. Our book club reviewed the book and we had a wonderful discussion.
It was a very uplifting book and a beautiful tribute to a mother. I would highly recommend this book.
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