Best-Selling Author James McBride Searches for James Brown In “Kill ’Em and Leave”

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Author James McBride. Photo credit: Chia Messina Author James McBride. Photo credit: Chia Messina

About 25 years ago, James McBride’s journey to self through the prism of his mother’s life led him to Suffolk, where she had spent part of her childhood. The award-winning author interviewed distant relatives and retraced Ruth’s childhood there. That culminated in the 1996 memoir “The Color of Water,” which explored McBride’s life as a black man with a white mother.

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