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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

Publication Year

1996

ISBN

9781573220224

Pages

228 pages

Genre

memoir

Format

full length

Item Type

Nonfiction

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

Lexile Measure

1140L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Racial Diversity; Culture/Ethnicity; Step parent; Family member death; Interracial; Biracial; Biethnic; step father; death of a father; interracial parents; interracial family; biracial child; mixed race; biethnic child

Main Character

adult male; adult female

Race/Ethnicities

African American / White

Family Formation

mother and step father

Keywords

Jordan McBride; Ruth; mothers; New York; siblings; identity; Christianity; religion

Diversity Impact

direct

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

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