Tuesday, January 10, 2012

[Book Review] THE COLOR OF WATER by James McBride


Heather reviews THE COLOR OF WATER: A BLACK MAN'S TRIBUTE TO HIS WHITE MOTHER by James McBride (Riverhead Books, 1996)

James McBride opens up a new can of worms with this spellbinding life story of his mother, Ruth McBride Jordan. McBride searches for the truth of his mother’s heritage and his own. This enticing true story is told alternately by Ruth and James, yet it is easy to follow.

Ruth tries to bury her past, chalk everything up to experience, and make the best of life, while James is in the midst of a crisis, trying to find out why his mother is so hard and stubborn about unleashing her past. James McBride is in for a rude awakening when the truth begins to surface about his family’s secrets!

The Color of Water is a story about longing for acceptance. It will warm your heart, make you cry tears of joy and compassion, and make you think outside the box when it comes to racial conflicts. This inspiring story of love, heartache, and racial curiosity will encourage you to question yourself before you judge a book by its cover, or a person by their color.

Suggested websites: http://www.jamesmcbride.com/, www.litlovers.com/reading-guides/14-non-fiction/210-color-of-water-mcbride?start=3

Heather Remmert, Frayser Branch Library

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