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

by James Mcbride

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 readers 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.

Everyday Math: Student Reference Book, Grade 5

by James Mcbride Andy Isaacs Max Bell Amy Dillard John Bretzlauf Jean Bell Robert Hartfield Kathleen Pitvorec Peter Saecker Deborah Arron Leslie

One can use the Student Reference Book to look up and review information on topics in mathematics.

Everyday Mathematics, Home Links (Grade 2)

by Max Bell Jean Bell John Bretzlauf Amy Dillard Robert Hartfield Andy Isaacs James Mcbride Cheryl G. Moran Kathleen Pitvorec Peter Saecker

This easy-to-use consumable grade-specific book contains extensions and review problems for each lesson to help families support their children's mathematical development.

Everyday Mathematics: Student Reference Book

by James Mcbride Andy Isaacs Max Bell Amy Dillard John Bretzlauf Jean Bell Robert Hartfield Kathleen Pitvorec Peter Saecker

This Student Reference Book can be used to look up and review topics in mathematics. It has the following sections: 1) A Table of Contents that lists the sections and shows how the book is organized. 2) Essays within each section. 3) Directions on how to play some of the mathematical games you may have played before. 4) A Data Bank with posters, maps, and other information. 5) A Glossary of mathematical terms. 6) An Answer Key and 7) An Index to help you locate information quickly.

Everyday Mathematics: Student Reference Book: Grade 3

by James Mcbride Andy Isaacs Max Bell Amy Dillard John Bretzlauf Jean Bell Robert Hartfield Kathleen Pitvorec Peter Saecker

You can use this Student Reference Book to look up and review topics in mathematics.

The Good Lord Bird

by James Mcbride

Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. When John Brown, the legendary abolitionist, arrives in the area, an argument between Brown and Henry's master quickly turns violent. Henry is forced to leave town--with Brown, who believes he's a girl. Over the ensuing months, Henry--whom Brown nicknames Little Onion--conceals his true identity as he struggles to stay alive. Eventually Little Onion finds himself with Brown at the historic raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859--one of the great catalysts for the Civil War. An absorbing mixture of history and imagination, and told with McBride's meticulous eye for detail and character, The Good Lord Bird is both a rousing adventure and a moving exploration of identity and survival.

Miracle At St. Anna

by James Mcbride

Miracle that takes place during World War II. Fiction inspired by experiences of black soldiers in Italy during the war.

Song Yet Sung

by James Mcbride

Liz Spocott, a beautiful young runaway slave, suffers a nasty head wound just before being nabbed by a posse of slave catchers. She falls into a coma, and, when she awakes, she can see the future-from the near-future to Martin Luther King to hip-hop-in her dreams. Liz's visions help her and her fellow slaves escape, but soon there are new dangers on her trail: Patty Cannon and her brutal gang of slave catchers, and a competing slave catcher, nicknamed The Gimp, who has a surprising streak of morality. Liz has some friends, including an older woman who teaches her The Code that guides runaways; a handsome young slave; and a wild inhabitant of the woods and swamps. Kidnappings, gunfights and chases ensue as Liz drifts in and out of her visions, which serve as a thoughtful meditation on the nature of freedom and offer sharp social commentary on contemporary America.

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