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Understanding other people's lives makes us better people.


I love to read memoir because I learn about lives I could have no way to understand, nor appreciate. This book moved me. The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother" by James McBride is a deeply moving and thought-provoking memoir that explores the complex themes of identity, race, and family. The book weaves together two narratives: the story of James McBride's own upbringing as a biracial child in a racially divided America, and the life story of his remarkable mother. His mother's story is nothing short of amazing. Born in a Jewish family, she faced immense challenges and prejudice as she married a black man and had biracial children during a time when interracial relationships were heavily stigmatized. Her journey from a difficult childhood to becoming a loving and involved mother is both inspiring and heartwarming. McBride's writing is lovely. He skillfully delves into the complexities of his identity as he grapples with being a black man raised by a white mother. His exploration of his roots and cultural heritage provides valuable insights into the multifaceted nature of racial identity. It's a universal story about love, acceptance, and the enduring bond between a mother and her child. McBride's prose is beautifully crafted, and his ability to infuse humor and warmth into a narrative that also confronts serious issues is truly commendable. I totally enjoyed it.


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