The Color of Water

A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother

McBride, James

(Book - 1997)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Color of Water
'James McBride evokes his childhood trek across the great racial divide with the kind of power and grace that touches and uplifts all our hearts.' - Bebe Moore Campbell 'A triumph...The two stories, son's and mother's, beautifully juxtaposed, strike a graceful note at a time of racial polarization.' - The New York Times Book Review
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 1997, c1996
ISBN: 1573225789
Branch Call Number: B McBRIDE-JORDAN
Characteristics: xvii, 291 p. : ill. ; 21 cm


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Dec 09, 2014
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An inspiring, unforgettable unfolding of two lives: the author's mother's -- a woman of remarkable strength who flees the South and her Orthodox Jewish family and co-founds a Baptist church in Harlem with her black husband, and McBride's -- one of her twelve children. An inviting read, full of strength and spirit, pain, and humour.

Nov 08, 2014
  • huy1993 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book is not only about a piece of Tobias Wolff's childhood, but it also connects to our own childhood. The book emphasizes our struggle to find our own identity and our inability to make a decision.

When I saw this book was a biography I thought it would be boring and just with non personal information, but then I read it. This book was amazing it was so personal and the writing style allowed you to really see and feel what the author was writing. Everyone should read this book

Jun 27, 2012
  • Brown_Dog_365 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the best books that I have ever read. It is a wonderful read, and extremely sweet. The story is very capturing, and sentimental. I would definitely recommend to anyone.

May 15, 2012
  • patiencebaker rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A thought provoking read. I finished this book quickly....couldn't stop reading! Originally I had intended to read it for Black History month: instead I enjoyed it for mother's day.

May 10, 2011
  • brulou11 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one of my favorite books. It is a beautifully written perspective of growing up, coming of age and exploring who you are. It's a great perspective on life in general.

Sep 26, 2010
  • BookBear780 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A wonderful book. I really enjoyed it.


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Jun 27, 2012
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Jun 27, 2012
  • Brown_Dog_365 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is about a man who is writing about his mother's life. The mother was a Jewish woman, who in the 1950s married an African American man. She was "thrown" out of her family for what she had done, and her and her children were made fun of by other people. She never really talked about race and her life story with her children, and so they lived a very closed life style. They didn't ever think about pressuring their mother for the information that they desperately wanted to know about. They grew up in poverty, but they always managed to make it by. And to top that off, everyone was sent to college and became very successful people. Finally James McBride one of the twelve children finds out about their mother's life, and then writes a book about it. The story is a wonderful one, and is sure to bring tears of joy and sadness to your eyes.


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