The Bryant Reading Roundtable : A Community Book Club
(Sponsored by the Diversity Council of Champions)
All interested members of our community are invited to join us for the second reading of the highly successful Bryant Reading Roundtable.
Our Spring reading will be The Color of Water by James McBride. The book is available for loan through the Douglas & Judith Krupp Library and the HELIN Consortium.
The Bryant Reading Roundtable provides a forum for open discussions regarding the understanding, promotion, and celebration of our global society. Please start reading and inform your friends and colleagues.
We will be meeting May 7, 2009 at 4:30pm in the Gulski Dining Room.
Penguin Reading Guides
James McBride grew up one of twelve siblings in the all-black housing projects of Red Hook, Brooklyn, the son of a black minister and a woman who would not admit she was white. The object of McBride’s constant embarrassment, and his continuous fear for her safety, his mother was an inspiring figure, who through sheer force of will saw her dozen children through college, and many through graduate school. McBride was an adult before he discovered the truth about his mother: the daughter of a failed itinerant Orthodox rabbi in rural Virginia, she had run away to Harlem, married a black man, and founded an all-black Baptist church in her living room in Red Hook. In this remarkable memoir, she tells in her own words the story of her past. Around her narrative, James McBride has written a powerful portrait of growing up, a meditation on race and identity, and a poignant, beautifully crafted hymn from a son to his mother.
James McBride, a writer and musician, is a former staff writer for The Boston Globe, People magazine, and The Washington Post. A professional saxophonist and composer, he has received the Richard Rodgers Development Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Music Theater Festival’s Stephen Sondheim Award for his work in musical theater composition. He lives in South Nyack, New York.