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By: James McBride
This powerful memoir explores the life of the author's mother, Ruth McBride Jordan. Born in Poland in 1921, Ruth came to the United States with her Orthodox Jewish family as a toddler. Her father, a rabbi, was a cruel man who molested Ruth as a child. Ruth's mother, a victim of polio, was handicapped and suffered many illnesses. The day after Ruth's high school graduation, she moved to New York, eventually marrying an African American minister. With this act, her Jewish family totally disowned her. Ruth raised twelve children, all college graduates. Readers will be quickly captivated by this book.