The Resource The color of water : a Black man's tribute to his white mother, James McBride

The color of water : a Black man's tribute to his white mother, James McBride

Label
The color of water : a Black man's tribute to his white mother
Title
The color of water
Title remainder
a Black man's tribute to his white mother
Statement of responsibility
James McBride
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Author
Narrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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" --
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technical information on music
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from publisher's web site
Cataloging source
TEFOD
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1957-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
McBride, James
Dewey number
305.896
Form of composition
not applicable
Format of music
not applicable
Interest level
UG
LC call number
E185.97.M33
LC item number
C5 2014ab
Literary text for sound recordings
  • autobiography
  • biography
Music parts
not applicable
PerformerNote
Read by JD Jackson and Susan Denaker
Reading level
6.1
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Jackson, JD
  • Denaker, Susan
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • McBride, James
  • McBride-Jordan, Ruth
  • Mothers
  • Racially mixed people
  • Racially mixed people
  • Whites
  • New York (N.Y.)
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Label
The color of water : a Black man's tribute to his white mother, James McBride
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online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier
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unknown
Content category
spoken word
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spw
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
o889233252
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Edition
Unabridged.
Extent
1 online resource (1 audio file (08 hr., 46 min., 36 sec.))
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unknown
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online
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not applicable
Isbn
9780553546606
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not applicable
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unknown
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computer
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rdamedia
Media type code
c
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digital.
Publisher number
RHA4790
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not applicable
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unknown
Sound
sound
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digital recording
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  • other
  • remote
Speed
other
Stock number
87A8EE4E-EF31-4668-8A21-698395E4E573
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  • (Sirsi) o889233252
  • (OCoLC)889233252
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not applicable
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not applicable
Label
The color of water : a Black man's tribute to his white mother, James McBride
Link
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Capture and storage technique
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
not applicable
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
spoken word
Content type code
spw
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
o889233252
Dimensions
  • not applicable
  • unknown
Edition
Unabridged.
Extent
1 online resource (1 audio file (08 hr., 46 min., 36 sec.))
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
Isbn
9780553546606
Kind of cutting
not applicable
Kind of disc cylinder or tape
not applicable
Kind of material
unknown
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
digital.
Publisher number
RHA4790
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Special playback characteristics
digital recording
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
Speed
other
Stock number
87A8EE4E-EF31-4668-8A21-698395E4E573
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o889233252
  • (OCoLC)889233252
Tape configuration
not applicable
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not applicable

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