Daytime Book Discussion

Thursday July 24, 2014
10:00 AM  -  12:30 PM

Contact: Melissa Chiavaroli   (401) 333-2552, x2   reference@cumberlandlibrary.org

This month’s pick is The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother, by James McBride.

Who is Ruth McBride Jordan? A self-declared “light-skinned” woman evasive about her ethnicity, yet steadfast in her love for her twelve black children. James McBride, journalist, musician, and son, explores his mother’s past, as well as his own upbringing and heritage, in a poignant and powerful debut, The Color Of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother. Interspersed throughout his mother’s compelling narrative, McBride shares candid recollections of his own experiences as a mixed-race child of poverty, his flirtations with drugs and violence, and his eventual self- realization and professional success. The Color of Water touches readers of all colors as a vivid portrait of growing up, a haunting meditation on race and identity, and a lyrical valentine to a mother from her son. (from the Amazon.com review)

Location: Seminar Room

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