Indigo: In Search of the Color That Seduced the World
By Catherine E. McKinley
(Bloomsbury USA, $27)
Indigo isn’t merely a story about the color blue. Rather, it’s about one woman’s search for indigo, a precious dye more valuable than any color science can make. While studying as a Fulbright scholar in Ghana, West Africa, author Catherine E. McKinley looked into the dye’s ancient past and its significance in the varied cultures (Native American, Scottish, African-?American and Jewish, among them) that make up her family background. Part history, part memoir, McKinley’s tale is as rich as the hue she so painstakingly profiles.