The color of water a black man's tribute to his white mother
(Audiobook CD)

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Published
[Westminster, MD] : Books on Tape, [2014].
Format
Audiobook CD
ISBN
9780553546590 :, 0553546597 :, 9781611763508 (Penguin Audio
Status
Greenburgh Public Library - Audiobook
AUD CD B MCBRIDE (7CD)
1 available
Katonah Village Library - Audiobook
NF CD B MCBRIDE
1 available
Mount Pleasant Public Library - Audiobook
TB-CD 305.896 M
1 available

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LocationCall NumberStatus
Greenburgh Public Library - AudiobookAUD CD B MCBRIDE (7CD)Available
Katonah Village Library - AudiobookNF CD B MCBRIDEAvailable
Mount Kisco Public Library - AudiobookCD B MCBRIDEChecked Out
Mount Pleasant Public Library - AudiobookTB-CD 305.896 MAvailable

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Published
[Westminster, MD] : Books on Tape, [2014].
Physical Desc
7 audio discs (8 hr., 46 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Language
English
ISBN
9780553546590 :, 0553546597 :, 9781611763508 (Penguin Audio
Accelerated Reader
UG
Level 6.1, 11 Points

Notes

General Note
Unabridged.
General Note
Title from web page.
General Note
Compact discs.
Participants/Performers
Read by J.D. Jackson & Susan Denaker.
Description
"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 and life's values transcend race. Twice widowed, and continually confronting overwhelming adversity and racism, Ruth's determination, drive and discipline saw her dozen children through college--and most through graduate school. At age 65, she herself received a degree in social work from Temple University. Interspersed throughout his mother's compelling narrative, McBride shares candid recollections of his own experiences as a mixed-race child of poverty, his flirtations with drugs and violence, and his eventual self- realization and professional success. The Color of Water touches listeners of all colors as a vivid portrait of growing up, a haunting meditation on race and identity, and a lyrical valentine to a mother from her son" --,from publisher's web site.

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

McBride, J., Jackson, J., & Denaker, S. (2014). The color of water: a black man's tribute to his white mother . Books on Tape.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

McBride, James, 1957-, JD. Jackson and Susan. Denaker. 2014. The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother. Books on Tape.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

McBride, James, 1957-, JD. Jackson and Susan. Denaker. The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother Books on Tape, 2014.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

McBride, James, JD Jackson, and Susan Denaker. The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother Books on Tape, 2014.

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