9781594481925

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

  • ISBN 13:

    9781594481925

  • ISBN 10:

    159448192X

  • Edition: 10th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 02/07/2006
  • Publisher: Riverhead Trade

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Summary

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.

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