The Color of Water

The Color of Water

A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother

Downloadable Audiobook - 2006
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Who was Ruth McBride Jordan? Not even her son knew the answer to that question until he embarked on a twelve-year journey that changed himself and his family forever. Born Rachel Deborah Shilsky, she began life as the daughter of an angry, failed orthodox Jewish rabbi in the South. To escape her unhappy childhood, Ruth ran away to Harlem, married a black man, became Baptist and started an all-black church. Her son James tells of growing up with inner confusions, chaos, and financial hardships; of his own flirtation with drugs and violence; of the love and faith his mother gave her twelve children; and of his belated coming to terms with her Jewish heritage. The result is a powerful portrait of growing up, a meditation on race and identity, and apoignant, beautifully crafted hymn from a son to his mother.
Publisher: [Beverly Hills, Calif.] : Phoenix Books, 2006
Additional Contributors: Braugher, Andre
Kazan, Lainie

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janwishart
Jun 30, 2015

Very interesting book. One of 12 black children of a white Jewish mother, the author tells how he researched his mother's background, and how proud he was of how she lived her life.

Jessicaamio Aug 19, 2013

Pretty good book but I wish it was easier to get in audio...

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dkkirwan
Jun 29, 2013

Interesting biography/autobiography about a man and his mother coming to terms with their mixed racial and religious heritage.

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Localhostess
Mar 15, 2011

A fine biography. In audio, Andre Braugher and Lanie Kazan lift it to heavenly heights. It moves along briskly and takes you for a trip you won't soon forget.

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