I read this book prior to my Goodreads.com days so I've not written my own review. But I was reminded of it this morning when I found it on my PageADay Book Lover's Calendar. The following review is from that calendar.
A beautifully rendered memoir, and a loving tribute to a mother who taught her son that the only identity that matters is the one you carve out for yourself. Raised in the projects in Brooklyn, young James knew his mother looked different from other mothers, but it wasn’t until he was an adult that he found out his mother wasn’t just light-skinned compared to his brown skinshe was in fact the daughter of an Orthodox Jewish rabbi who disowned her when she married a black man.
THE COLOR OF WATER: A BLACK MAN’S TRIBUTE TO HIS WHITE MOTHER, by James McBride (1996; Riverhead, 2006)
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