The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother by James McBrideThank you! McBride, a professional saxophonist and former staff writer for the Boston Globe and the Washington Post, grew up with 11 siblings in an all-black Brooklyn, New York, housing project. As a child, he became aware that his mother was different from others around him: She was white, and she kept secrets. They believed that money without knowledge was worthless, that education tempered with religion was the way to climb out of poverty in America, and over the years they were proven right,'' McBride writes. McBride's mother should take much pleasure in this loving if sometimes uncomfortable memoir, which embodies family values of the best kind. Other readers will take pleasure in it as well.
Look Inside Reading Guide. Reading Guide. Sep 25, Minutes Buy. Feb 07, ISBN Sep 25, Minutes. The incredible modern classic that Oprah. 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.
James McBride's mother was a rabbi's daughter, born in Poland and raised in the South, who fled Harlem, married a black man, founded a Baptist church, and put 12 children through college. This is McBride's tribute to his eccentric and determined mother, and an exploration of what family means. Read more Please choose whether or not you want other users to be able to see on your profile that this library is a favorite of yours. Finding libraries that hold this item You may have already requested this item.
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McBride's book tells two stories: One recalls his upbringing in a black family in the s and '70s, and the other recounts his mother's growing up an Orthodox Jew and leaving that life to marry a black man in , The Color of Water has sold more than 1. It is a perennial favorite among book clubs and community-wide reading groups, and has been published in 16 languages and in more than 20 countries.
This fascinating, superbly written memoir was a New York Times bestseller for two years. Ruth was born in Poland and raised in Suffolk, Va, the daughter of an itinerant rabbi and a loving, disabled mother who spoke no English. Despite hardship, poverty, and suffering, Ruth sent all 12 of her children to college. Lavishly praised by critics, embraced by millions of readers, this tribute to a remarkable woman helped set the standard for modern day memoir writing. It is considered an American classic and is required reading in high schools and colleges across America.
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