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James McBride


James McBride

James McBride is an accomplished musician and author of the National Book Award–winning THE GOOD LORD BIRD, the #1 bestselling American classic THE COLOR OF WATER, and the bestsellers SONG YET SUNG and MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA. He is also the author of KILL ‘EM AND LEAVE, a James Brown biography. A recipient of the National Humanities Medal in 2016, McBride is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University.

James McBride

Books by James McBride

by James McBride - Fiction, Short Stories

The stories in FIVE-CARAT SOUL --- none of them ever published before --- spring from the place where identity, humanity and history converge. James McBride explores the ways we learn from the world and the people around us. An antiques dealer discovers that a legendary toy commissioned by Civil War General Robert E. Lee now sits in the home of a black minister in Queens. Five strangers find themselves thrown together and face unexpected judgment. An American president draws inspiration from a conversation he overhears in a stable. And members of The Five-Carat Soul Bottom Bone Band recount stories from their own messy and hilarious lives.

by James McBride - Biography, Culture, Music, Nonfiction

A product of the complicated history of the American South, James Brown was a cultural shape-shifter who arguably had the greatest influence of any artist on American popular music. Brown was long a figure of fascination for James McBride, a noted professional musician as well as a writer. When he received a tip that promised to uncover the man behind the myth, McBride set off to follow a trail to better understand the personal, musical, and societal influences that created this immensely troubled, misunderstood and complicated soul genius.

by James McBride - African American Interest, Fiction

A New York Times Bestseller In 1857, Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory, a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. When an argument between legendary abolitionist John Brown and Henry's master turns violent, Henry is forced to leave with Brown, who believes he's a girl. Over the ensuing months, Henry ? whom Brown nicknames "Onion" ? conceals his identity to stay alive, eventually finding himself at Harpers Ferry in 1859.

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.