Book Review: The Color Of Water - A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother by James McBridecategories: Books, Parenting & Families, Family Relationships, Parent & Adult Child, civil rights
Author: James McBride
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Poorly Written and UneventfulThis semi-autobiography may be useful for those who wish to better understand the feelings evoked by discrimination. However, the poor grammar, incorrect punctuation, and lack of storyline structure make it a bumpy and distracting read. Toward the end of the book, I was so shocked that my mouth was literally hanging open when the author stated that he has a degree in journalism. Apparently, everyone is in awe of Ruth McBride (the author's "Mommy"), a moderately remarkable, Jewish woman who raised 12 successful black children but spent the majority of her life running away.
It seems the primary message the author wanted to portray is that God prevails with love. As someone who grew up being force-fed the hypocritical Christian ideologies, I am ticked that I not only had to purchase and read this Bible-thumping fodder but that I also had to write an essay on it for a Psychology course. For a very enjoyable read and a much more enlightening study in cultural and generational differences, I recommend "The Bonesetter's Daughter" by Amy Tan.
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