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

4.07 avg rating
( 87,565 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781573225786: The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

A young African-American man describes growing up in an all-black Brooklyn housing project, one of twelve children of a white mother and black father, and discusses his mother's contributions to his life and coming to terms with his confusion over his own identity. Reissue.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

Order this book ... and please don't be put off by its pallid subtitle, A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother, which doesn't begin to do justice to the utterly unique and moving story contained within. The Color of Water tells the remarkable story of Ruth McBride Jordan, the two good men she married, and the 12 good children she raised. Jordan, born Rachel Shilsky, a Polish Jew, immigrated to America soon after birth; as an adult she moved to New York City, leaving her family and faith behind in Virginia. Jordan met and married a black man, making her isolation even more profound. The book is a success story, a testament to one woman's true heart, solid values, and indomitable will. Ruth Jordan battled not only racism but also poverty to raise her children and, despite being sorely tested, never wavered. In telling her story--along with her son's--The Color of Water addresses racial identity with compassion, insight, and realism. It is, in a word, inspiring, and you will finish it with unalloyed admiration for a flawed but remarkable individual. And, perhaps, a little more faith in us all.

About the Author:

James McBride is an accomplished musician and author of the National Book Award-winning The Good Lord Bird, the #1 bestselling American classic The Color of Water, and the bestsellers Song Yet Sung and Miracle at St. Anna, which was turned into a film by Spike Lee. McBride is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University.
 

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9781594481925: The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  159448192X ISBN 13:  9781594481925
Publisher: Riverhead Books, 2006
Softcover

9781573220224: The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother

Riverh..., 1996
Hardcover

9781573229975: The color of water: A black man's tribute to his white mother

Riverhead, 2002
Softcover

9780783818047: The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother

G K Ha..., 1996
Hardcover

9780641576348: The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother

Hachet..., 1997
Softcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

McBride, James
Published by Riverhead Trade
ISBN 10: 1573225789 ISBN 13: 9781573225786
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Rating
[?]

Book Description Riverhead Trade. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 1573225789 WE HAVE NUMEROUS COPIES. PAPERBACK. Light storage wear and handling marks on cover, corners and edges. Seller Inventory # Z1573225789ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 4.90
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

McBride, James
Published by Berkley Publishing Group, New York, New York, U.S.A. (2002)
ISBN 10: 1573225789 ISBN 13: 9781573225786
New Trade Paperback Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
Lotzabooks
(Oak Point, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Berkley Publishing Group, New York, New York, U.S.A., 2002. Trade Paperback. Condition: New. Reprint. 300 pages + preview. Book in new condition--from my store inventory. James McBride's moving memoir about his mother, 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. James asked his mother if he was black or white. "You're a human being," she snapped. "Educate yourself or you'll be a nobody!" Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Multiple copies available this title. Quantity Available: 3. Shipped Weight: Under 1 pound. Category: Biography & Autobiography; ISBN: 1573225789. ISBN/EAN: 9781573225786. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 603172. Seller Inventory # 603172

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 11.00
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.50
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

James McBride
Published by Riverhead Trade (1997)
ISBN 10: 1573225789 ISBN 13: 9781573225786
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Riverhead Trade, 1997. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1573225789

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 18.33
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

McBride, James
Published by Riverhead Trade
ISBN 10: 1573225789 ISBN 13: 9781573225786
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
London Bridge Books
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Riverhead Trade. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 1573225789 Dispatched from London. Seller Inventory # Z1573225789ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 9.93
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 14.59
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

McBride, James
Published by Riverhead Trade (1997)
ISBN 10: 1573225789 ISBN 13: 9781573225786
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Riverhead Trade, 1997. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111573225789

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 40.06
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds