First up for this summer’s recommended reads is The Color of Water, by James McBride. I read this book several summer’s ago, and is still among my top recommended books to insightful reads.
This autobiography unfolds several generations of the author’s interracial family story, focusing on a black man’s relationship to his white mother. The author talks about growing up without the concept race, and how as he aged, society’s perception of interracial relationships impacted his sense of identity.
The color of water is a black man’s tribute to his white, Jewish mother, and the story of her history, and his upbringing, in the United States. This book starts in the 1920’s and covers life for the family until the 1990’s.
It is a story of race, heritage, and strength, and is among my favorite autobiographies.