The Wednesday Bookworms will discuss The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride (Riverhead, $16.00). The daughter of an Orthodox rabbi, McBride’s mother was born in Poland. Her family emigrated and ultimately settled in a small Virginia town. At age seventeen she went to New York City, married a black minister and founded a church in her living room. "God is the color of water," Ruth McBride taught her children, firmly convinced that life's blessings and life's values transcend race. Twice widowed, and continually confronting overwhelming adversity and racism, Ruth's determination, drive and discipline saw her dozen children through college. At age 65, she herself received a degree in social work. McBride shares his own experiences as a mixed-race child of poverty, his flirtations with drugs and violence, and his eventual self- realization and professional success.