The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother
James McBride grew up one of twelve siblings in the all-black housing projects of Red Hook, Brooklyn, the son of a black minister and a woman who would not admit she was white. The object of McBride's constant embarrassment and continuous fear for her safety, his mother was an inspiring figure,... show more
James McBride grew up one of twelve siblings in the all-black housing projects of Red Hook, Brooklyn, the son of a black minister and a woman who would not admit she was white. The object of McBride's constant embarrassment and continuous fear for her safety, his mother was an inspiring figure, who through sheer force of will saw her dozen children through college, and many through graduate school. McBride was an adult before he discovered the truth about his mother: The daughter of a failed itinerant Orthodox rabbi in rural Virginia, she had run away to Harlem, married a black man, and founded an all-black Baptist church in her living room in Red Hook. In her son's remarkable memoir, she tells in her own words the story of her past. Around her narrative, James McBride has written a powerful portrait of growing up, a meditation on race and identity, and a poignant, beautifully crafted hymn from a son to his mother.
Publish date: February 1st 1997
Publisher: Riverhead Trade
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, African American
, Biography Memoir
I don't remember what made me want to listen to this book, but I am glad I did. I'm not even sure I knew what it was about before I pressed the "Play" button.It's about the son of a black, Christian man and a white, Jewish woman. It's also about identity, finding one's past, and family.Much of it ta...
Very warm and loving portrait of a biracial mother/son relationship.
Summer reading for Race & Gender class ... I thought it was pretty good! The author and his mother both had very interesting life stories. :] It was sad, though – one of those books that reminds you how cruel and judgmental people can be. But it had its happy/funny moments too. :)
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