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

Call Number

  • 921 M47722 (CEN)

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First Riverhead trade paperback 10th anniversary edition.

Publication Information

New York : Riverhead Books, 2006.

Physical Description

xix, 309 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm


An African American man describes life as the son of a white mother and Black father, reflecting on his mother's contributions to his life and his confusion over his own identity.


Originally published: 1997.


  • Dead
  • The bicycle
  • Kosher
  • Black power
  • The Old Testament
  • The New Testament
  • Sam
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Shul
  • School
  • Boys
  • Daddy
  • New York
  • Chicken man
  • Graduation
  • Driving
  • Lost in Harlem
  • Lost in Delaware
  • The promise
  • Old man Shilsky
  • A bird who flies
  • A Jew discovered
  • Dennis
  • New brown
  • Finding Ruthie.

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