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The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute To His White Mother



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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.

Author Biography

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

Deadp. 1
The Bicyclep. 5
Kosherp. 15
Black Powerp. 21
The Old Testamentp. 37
The New Testamentp. 45
Samp. 57
Brothers and Sistersp. 65
Shulp. 79
Schoolp. 85
Boysp. 107
Daddyp. 117
New Yorkp. 129
Chicken Manp. 137
Graduationp. 153
Drivingp. 159
Lost in Harlemp. 169
Lost in Delawarep. 177
The Promisep. 193
Old Man Shilskyp. 203
A Bird Who Fliesp. 213
A Jew Discoveredp. 219
Dennisp. 231
New Brownp. 249
Finding Ruthiep. 259
Epiloguep. 279
Afterwordp. 287
Thanks and Acknowledgmentsp. 297
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