James McBride grew up as one of twelve black children born to white, formerly Jewish, Ruth McBride Jordan. She was always dismissive when asked about her childhood and relatives and even about her race and why she didn’t look the same as her kids’ friends’ moms. The Color of Water is Ruth’s story and James’s story told in alternating chapters. Ruth McBride Jordan was a unique and determined woman. All of her children went to college, many went on to graduate school, and all were able to pull themselves out of the projects, probably thanks to their mother’s focus on education, respect, and, most of all, love. I strongly recommend this book!
5 (out of 5) Stars
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