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

Title

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

Authors

James McBride

Publisher

Riverhead Books

Pages

228 pages

Publication Year

1996

ISBN

9781573220224

Genre

memoir

Topic

Racial Diversity; Interracial; mixed race; interracial family

Annotation

Who is Ruth McBride Jordan? A self-declared "light-skinned" woman evasive about her ethnicity, yet steadfast in her love for her twelve 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 memoir.

Grade Level

9-12

Family Formation

mother and step father

Main Character

multiple

Diversity Impact

direct

Race/Ethnicities

African American / White

Keywords

McBride-Jordan; Ruth; mothers; New York

Item Type

Nonfiction

Format

full-length

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

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