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The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to his White Mother
by McBride, James
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1. What were your impressions of McBride's childhood? How do you think you would have responded to some of the issues he faced growing up?

2. Each of McBride's siblings had a unique perspective on their family situation. How are they different from each other?

3. McBride says at one point that he's ashamed of his mother. Are his feeling unique to his situation or do you think that's a common experience for children?

4. Ruth hides much of her past from her children and from others. Would knowing more about her background and family have helped her children relate more to her?

5. Ruth's family diowned her because of her relationship with a black man. How did this affect the choices she made as an adult? How did it affect the way she raised her children?

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