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James McBride

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James McBride, the author of The Color of Water, is both an accomplished writer and an award-winning composer/musicisn. His critically acclaimed 1997 memoir, which explores matters of racial identity, is a tribute to his mother, Ruth McBride Jordan, who once told him that education, not color, determines success in life.

Genres: Literary Fiction
   Five-Carat Soul (2017)
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James McBride recommends
Skull Water (2023)
Heinz Insu Fenkl
"This is a mesmerizing take on what happens when civil war walks into a nation, leaving scarred humanity in its wake. A fascinating story of a young mixed-race man caught between two cultures, not knowing what to keep and what to leave behind. This touching book, written with grace, does more than deliver a fresh perspective on a forgotten war. It's proof that the old, peaceful ways defeat the brutality of the new every time, with a blend of spirit, memory, and folklore, some of which is delivered by the magical spirits that walked, and still walk, this earth. We are all the same. We all walk the middle path to get home. I'm so glad that Heinz Insu Fenkl shows us how to get there."
Nightcrawling (2022)
Leila Mottley
"Leila Mottley has an extraordinary gift. She writes with the humility and sparkle of a child, but with the skill and deft touch of a wizened, seasoned storyteller."

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