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

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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This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 51st on Koen Book Distributors Top 100 Books of the Past Century (themodernnovel.com)
  2. - The 75 Best Books of the Past 75 Years (Parade Magazine)
  3. - 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime (Amazon.com (USA))

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The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother Paperback 352276 $7.49 $0.40 1997
Color of Water, The: A Black Man's Tribute to his White Mother Audio CD 1075705 $8.98 $5.49 2010
The Color Of Water: A Black Man's Tribute To His White Mother (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) Library Binding 10201119 $22.82 $9.99 2006
The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother Hardcover 1108869 $15.79 $1.48 2006
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