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The Color of Water by James McBride
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Dec 26, 2009

it was amazing
Read from May 10 to 21, 2010

This book was a revelation full of inspiration and honesty. Being mixed, I understood James' confusion with identity, especially in his mother's time and his time as well: a time when you could only be black or white. His Jewish mother is amazing, ignoring the issue of race and encouraging her children to go to school. She is a strong woman who was able to leave her past and sorrow behind in order to find happiness, which she found in Harlem with the African American community. She fell in love with the people she cared for rather than the ones she was suppose to fall in love with. I look up to her as a woman and as a human being able to look at people's human side rather than skin color. She did not care what whites or blacks had to say about her, but if anyone attacked her children, she turned into a tiger. This story is authentic and honest, and in the end it is really about being part of the human race.
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