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

James McBride

The New York Times bestselling story from the author of The Good Lord Bird, winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction. Who is Ruth McBride Jordan? A self-declared "light-skinned" woman evasive about her ethnicity, yet steadfast in her love for her twelve black children. James McBride, journalist, musician, and son, explores his mother's past, as well as his own upbringing and heritage, in a poignant and powerful debut, The Color Of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother. The son of a black minister and a woman who would not admit she was white, James McBride grew up in "orchestrated chaos" with his eleven siblings in the poor, all-black projects of Red Hook, Brooklyn. "Mommy," a fiercely protective woman with "dark eyes full of pep and fire," herded her brood to Manhattan's free cultural events, sent them off on buses to the best (and mainly Jewish) schools, demanded good grades, and commanded respect. As a young man, McBride saw his mother as a source of embarrassment, worry, and confusion-and reached thirty before he began to discover the truth about her early life and long-buried pain. In The Color of Water, McBride retraces his mother's footsteps and, through her searing and spirited voice, recreates her remarkable story. The daughter of a failed itinerant Orthodox rabbi, she was born Rachel Shilsky (actually Ruchel Dwara Zylska) in Poland on April 1, 1921. Fleeing pogroms, her family emigrated to America and ultimately settled in Suffolk, Virginia, a small town where anti-Semitism and racial tensions ran high. With candor and immediacy, Ruth describes her parents' loveless marriage; her fragile, handicapped mother; her cruel, sexually-abusive father; and the rest of the family and life she abandoned. At seventeen, after fleeing Virginia and settling in New York City, Ruth married a black minister and founded the all- black New Brown Memorial Baptist Church in her Red Hook living room. "God is the color of water," Ruth McBride taught her children, firmly convinced that life's blessings

The New York Times bestselling story from the author of The Good Lord Bird, winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction. Who is Ruth McBride Jordan? A self-declared "light-skinned" woman evasive about her ethnicity, yet steadfast in her love for her twelve black children. James McBride, journalist, musician, and son, explores his mother's past, as well as his own upbringing and heritage, in a poignant and powerful debut, The Color Of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother. The son of a black minister and a woman who would not admit she was white, James McBride grew up in "orchestrated chaos" with his eleven siblings in the poor, all-black projects of Red Hook, Brooklyn. "Mommy," a fiercely protective woman with "dark eyes full of pep and fire," herded her brood to Manhattan's free cultural events, sent them off on buses to the best (and mainly Jewish) schools, demanded good grades, and commanded respect. As a young man, McBride saw his mother as a source of embarrassment, worry, and confusion-and reached thirty before he began to discover the truth about her early life and long-buried pain. In The Color of Water, McBride retraces his mother's footsteps and, through her searing and spirited voice, recreates her remarkable story. The daughter of a failed itinerant Orthodox rabbi, she was born Rachel Shilsky (actually Ruchel Dwara Zylska) in Poland on April 1, 1921. Fleeing pogroms, her family emigrated to America and ultimately settled in Suffolk, Virginia, a small town where anti-Semitism and racial tensions ran high. With candor and immediacy, Ruth describes her parents' loveless marriage; her fragile, handicapped mother; her cruel, sexually-abusive father; and the rest of the family and life she abandoned. At seventeen, after fleeing Virginia and settling in New York City, Ruth married a black minister and founded the all- black New Brown Memorial Baptist Church in her Red Hook living room. "God is the color of water," Ruth McBride taught her children, firmly convinced that life's blessings
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The New York Times bestselling story from the author of The Good Lord Bird, winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction. Who is Ruth McBride Jordan? A self-declared "light-skinned" woman evasive about her ethnicity, yet steadfast in her love for her twelve black children. James McBride, journalist, musician, and son, explores his mother's past, as well as his own upbringing and heritage, in a poignant and powerful debut, The Color Of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother. The son of a black minister and a woman who would not admit she was white, James McBride grew up in "orchestrated chaos" with his eleven siblings in the poor, all-black projects of Red Hook, Brooklyn. "Mommy," a fiercely protective woman with "dark eyes full of pep and fire," herded her brood to Manhattan's free cultural events, sent them off on buses to the best (and mainly Jewish) schools, demanded good grades, and commanded respect. As a young man, McBride saw his mother as a source of embarrassment, worry, and confusion-and reached thirty before he began to discover the truth about her early life and long-buried pain. In The Color of Water, McBride retraces his mother's footsteps and, through her searing and spirited voice, recreates her remarkable story. The daughter of a failed itinerant Orthodox rabbi, she was born Rachel Shilsky (actually Ruchel Dwara Zylska) in Poland on April 1, 1921. Fleeing pogroms, her family emigrated to America and ultimately settled in Suffolk, Virginia, a small town where anti-Semitism and racial tensions ran high. With candor and immediacy, Ruth describes her parents' loveless marriage; her fragile, handicapped mother; her cruel, sexually-abusive father; and the rest of the family and life she abandoned. At seventeen, after fleeing Virginia and settling in New York City, Ruth married a black minister and founded the all- black New Brown Memorial Baptist Church in her Red Hook living room. "God is the color of water," Ruth McBride taught her children, firmly convinced that life's blessings

Language:

English

Narrators:

J. D. Jackson, Susan Denaker

Length:

8h 47m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:17


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:19


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

01:04


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:35


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:52


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:37


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:47


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:59


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:43


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:02


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:00


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:37


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:05


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:26


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:19


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:45


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:18


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:39


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:25


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:13


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:56


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:23


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:46


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:32


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:19


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:45


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:52


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:33


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:22


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:35


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:03


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:16


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:11


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:21


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:07


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:48


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

09:29


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:03


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:28


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:03


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:26


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:47


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:05


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:33


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:37


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:04


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

09:39


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:37


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:44


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:43


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

09:34


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:19


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

09:43


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:56


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:49


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:32


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:00


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:16


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:03


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

08:08


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:35


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:24


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:54


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:36


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

08:28


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:04


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:14


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:05


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:42


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:22


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:06


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:12


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:04


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

09:38


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:05


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:37


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:36


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:20


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

08:00


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:25


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:48


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:36


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

09:24


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

00:42