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The color of water : a black man's tribute to his white mother

By: McBride, James

0747538328 / 9780747538325
Paperback
306.8'46'092
13/10/1998
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England
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Originally published: U.S.: Riverhead, 1996.

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.

BIC:

2ADS Spanish, AVH Individual composers & musicians, specific bands & groups, BGA Autobiography: general

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