The Color of Water by James McBride

  • February 20, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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Here is a review from Amazon.

The author tells of his childhood, of his family, and of the issue of race that ultimately colored his life while growing up in predominantly black
neighborhoods, where his mother stood out like a sore thumb because of the color of her skin. It was always an issue his mother avoided discussing with him, as for her it was not an issue. It was not until the author wrote this book that his mother discussed the issue of race within the context of her own life. From this dialogue emerges a fascinating look at the issues of race, as well as religion, and how it impacts on an individual's identity within our race conscious society.

It is also a very personal story. While the author's family was economically disadvantaged, his eccentric and independent mother
always stressed education. She was a strict disciplinarian who brooked no nonsense from her twelve children. A convert to Christianity through her first husband, with whom she founded a Baptist church, she provided her children with the will to succeed. Consequently, all twelve eventually went to college and did her proud. The story of this unique family is told from two distinct, parallel perspectives: that of the author and that of his mother. While both are interesting, it is his mother's story that dominates this beautifully written book, which is, indeed, a tribute to her. It is truly a story told from the heart, as the love that the author has for his mother is evident with every written word.

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  • Anne O.

    This was an amazing book! I need to cancel my RSVP - I am on a crazy work deadline and won't be able to make it. I will miss the discussion.

    February 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi All - Something has come up with work and I actually won't be able to attend tonight after all. Hope you all enjoyed the book though!


    February 20, 2013

  • Nanci V.

    Sorry I'll have to miss it. I'm starting to feel sick and don't want to pass it on to you.

    February 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Judy - I actually will be there tonight - not sure what happened with my RSVP. But I will be there. =)


    February 20, 2013

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