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

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A&C Black, Mar 1, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
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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 colour God was, she said 'God is the colour 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.
 

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“You want me to talk about my family and here I have been dead to them for fifty years. Leave me alone. Don’t bother me. They don’t want no parts of me, I don’t want no parts of them. Hurry up and get ... Read full review

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This was another book I came across while browsing at Barnes & Noble. The story was so inspiring, difficult and humorous at times too. James McBride is a fabulous story teller. In The Color of Water ... Read full review

Contents

1 Dead
1
2 The Bicycle
3
3 Kosher
11
4 Black Power
15
5 The Old Testament
29
6 The New Testament
35
7 Sam
43
8 Brothers and Sisters
49
15 Graduation
117
16 Driving
123
17 Lost in Harlem
131
18 Lost in Delaware
137
19 The Promise
149
20 Old Man Shilsky
157
21 A Bird Who Flies
165
22 A Jew Discovered
171

9 Shul
61
10 School
65
11 Boys
81
12 Daddy
89
13 New York
99
14 Chicken Man
105
23 Dennis
181
24 New Brown
195
25 Finding Ruthie
203
Epilogue
219
Thanks and Acknowledgments
225
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