I enjoyed reading The Color of Water for several reasons which contribute to its maintaining its bestseller status. First, McBride is incredibly honest and self-reflective. He does not try to present himself as a victim or as perfect person. Instead, he discusses his struggles and the inner conflict he encounters as he comes to see his mother in a new light.
Secondly, McBride possesses and incredibly interesting and unusual background. His Jewish mother's decision to marry an African-American man is not a common one, and then McBride and his siblings' relationship with their stepfather is also quite unique. How many men buy a house for their wife and children, love their wife and children, but yet just can't live under the same roof with them?
The blending of McBride's self-awareness and his fascinating upbringing with his fluid writing style make his autobiography interesting and readable for a wide audience.