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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'll be a nobody!" And when James asked what color God was, she said, "God is the color of water." ... As an adult, McBride finally persuaded his mother to tell her story-the story of a rabbi's daughter, born in Poland and raised in the South, who fled to Harlem, married a black man, founded a Baptist church, and put twelve children through college. The Color of Water is James McBride's tribute to his remarkable, eccentric, determined mother-and an eloquent exploration of what family really means. Book jacket.
James McBride is an accomplished musician and author of the New York Times bestseller, The Color of Water. His second book, Miracle at St. Anna, was optioned for film in 2007 by Black Butterfly Productions with noted American filmmaker Spike Lee directing and co-producing. McBride has written for the Washington Post, People, the Boston Globe, Essence, Rolling Stone, and the New York Times. He is a graduate of Oberlin College. He was awarded a master’s in journalism from New York’s Columbia University at the age of twenty-two. McBride holds several honorary doctorates and is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University. McBride lives in Pennsylvania and New York.
Table of Contents
|The Bicycle||p. 5|
|Black Power||p. 21|
|The Old Testament||p. 37|
|The New Testament||p. 45|
|Brothers and Sisters||p. 65|
|New York||p. 129|
|Chicken Man||p. 137|
|Lost in Harlem||p. 169|
|Lost in Delaware||p. 177|
|The Promise||p. 193|
|Old Man Shilsky||p. 203|
|A Bird Who Flies||p. 213|
|A Jew Discovered||p. 219|
|New Brown||p. 249|
|Finding Ruthie||p. 259|
|Thanks and Acknowledgments||p. 297|
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