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The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother

3 Ratings: 3.0
A book by James McBride

Order this book ... and please don't be put off by its pallid subtitle,A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother, which doesn't begin to do justice to the utterly unique and moving story contained within.The Color of Watertells the remarkable story of … see full wiki

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Author: James McBride
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Nonfiction
Publisher: Riverhead Trade
3 reviews about The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute...
review by . September 12, 2008
This book had been on my shelf for a long time. Having just finished it, I can only wish that I would have read it much, much sooner.    This book alternates chapters between the author's voice (the son, James McBride) and the mother's voice. He uses italics for those chapters in his mother's words and, while it seems this would be clear enough, I still got very confused in the first half of the book. I would begin a chapter knowing it was in the mother's voice because of the …
review by . August 25, 2001
By reading the summary on the back cover, The Color of Water sounds quite intriguing. However, when you start reading the book there are numerous questions which any reader canr aise and certainly plenty of biases especially on the part of the mother, Ruth. It certainly was nice that James McBride decided to trace his family roots. The prespective that he and his mother give to their growing up years are certainly similar. Both James and his mother sure had struggles growing up but truthfully I …
review by . September 29, 1998
This book goes on my list of all-time favorite books and I have read quite a few. Some of the negative comments from previous reviewers were downright petty and often malicious. Because the mother left her Jewish religion and became a Christian means the book is anti-semitic. I don't think so. This was just one woman's story and the son who so lovingly portrayed her. And well that he should expound on his siblings accomplishments. It is because of the mother's determination and the emphasis she …
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