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 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 Who is Ruth McBride Jordan A self declared

  • Title: The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother
  • Author: James McBride
  • ISBN: 9781573225786
  • Page: 198
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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.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 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.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, he

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