Reader reviews and comments on The Color of Water, plus links to write your own review.

Summary |  Excerpt |  Reading Guide |  Reviews |  Readalikes |  Genres & Themes |  Author Bio

The Color of Water

By James McBride

The Color of Water
  • Critics' Opinion:

    Readers' Opinion:

  • Hardcover: Feb 1996,
    228 pages.
    Paperback: Feb 1997,
    228 pages.

    Publication Information

  • Rate this book

Buy This Book

About this Book


Page 3 of 12
There are currently 96 reader reviews for The Color of Water
Order Reviews by:

Write your own review!

Tiffany (06/27/06)

Excellent Book
The Color of Water was an absolutely insprational book. This book gives a firsthand account of the everyday struggles of white low-income mother while raising her twelve bi-racial children in New York City. The trials and tribulations faced by this family were unimaginable but were somehow overcome. Mrs. Ruth McBride was able to overcome all of her struggles and produce twelve college educated, productive and outstanding citizens.
emily deery (03/22/06)

The Colour of Water
i found this book to be an inspirational read. it was simple but at the same time dealt with incredibly comlex issues in a beautiful way that enabled myself as a reader to truly grasp the concepts.
the colour of water was so well crafted that when reading it i felt as though i was there and sharing the experiences that James McBride wrote about.
i reccomend this book to all who wish to be moved, enlightened and entertained.
Lissy (05/10/05)

Hi! I would just like to make a comment on this wonderful written book. It was wonderfully written, and an inspirational novel. I would recommend this book to just about anyone. It not only brings up hopes about life it teaches us about racism, caring for one another, companionship.
Danielle (02/14/05)

It was awesome and it was the first summer reading book I liked.
molly (01/02/05)

The Color of Water is an amazing book that slips you right into the shoes of Ruth McBride. I was looking for a good biography to read for school, and I found it. I recommend it 100%, it's easy to understand and heart touching.
Missy (12/12/04)

Very telling about the Jewish and African American relations in 20th Century America -- heart warming story of strength
kidi (11/17/04)

It was a wonderful book!
lillian (10/31/04)

This book touched my heart. It was beautifully written in a unigue manner in wich we get two stories in one. It showed me how the power of love surpasses race, social and economic levels. I take with me the the feeling of empowerment. That my friends, is honest, brilliant writting at its best.
Member Benefits

Join Now!

Check the advantages!
Just $10 for 3 months or $35 for a year

    • FREE
    • MEMBER
    • Range of media reviews for each book
    • Excerpts of all featured books
    • Author bios, interviews and pronunciations
    • Browse by genre
    • Book club discussions
    • Book club advice and reading guides
    • BookBrowse reviews and "beyond the book" back-stories
    • Reviews of notable books ahead of publication
    • Free books to read and review (US Only)
    • Browse for the best books by time period, setting & theme
    • Read-alike suggestions for thousands of books and authors
    • 'My Reading List" to keep track of your books
Sign up, win books!

Editor's Choice

  • Book Jacket: A Man Called Ove
    A Man Called Ove
    by Fredrik Backman
    Reading A Man Called Ove was like having Christmas arrive early. Set in Sweden, this debut novel is ...
  • Book Jacket
    The Search
    by Geoff Dyer
    All hail the independent publisher! In May 2014, Graywolf Press brought two of long-revered British ...
  • Book Jacket
    Mrs. Hemingway
    by Naomi Wood
    Naomi Wood's latest novel, Mrs. Hemingway, is a fictionalized biography covering in turn writer...

First Impressions

Members read and review books ahead
of publication. See what they think
in First Impressions!

Books that
expand your

Visitors can view a lot of BookBrowse for free. Full access is for members only

Find out more.

Book Discussions
Book Jacket

The City
by Dean Koontz

Published Jul. 2014

Join the discussion!

  1.  103Tomlinson Hill:
    Chris Tomlinson
  2.  19The Arsonist:
    Sue Miller

All Discussions

Win this book!
Win The Angel of Losses

The Angel of Losses

"Family saga, mystery, and myth intersect in Feldman's debut novel." - Booklist


Word Play

Solve this clue:

E C H A Silver L

and be entered to win..

Books thatinspire you.Handpicked.

Books you'll stay up all night reading; books that will whisk you to faraway places and times, books that will expand your mind and inspire you -- the kinds of books you just can't wait to tell your friends about.