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

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

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As a boy in Brooklyn's Red Hook projects, James McBride knew his mother was different.

But when he asked about it, she'd simply say 'I'm light-skinned.' Later he wondered if he was different too, and asked his mother if he was black or white. 'You're a human being,' she snapped. 'Educate yourself or you'll be a nobody!' And when James asked what colour God was, she said 'God is the colour of water.' As an adult, McBride finally persuaded his mother to tell her story - the story of a rabbi's daughter, born in Poland and raised in the South, who fled to Harlem, married a black man, founded a Baptist church, and put twelve children through college.


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We read this in April 2000. One of us rated it 10 out of 10 and cried in the end too. The others rated it average! There were a lot of issues to be discussed though and it generated an interesting discussion.

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