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Winner of the 2020 Midwest Book Award in Autobiography/Memoir, The Color of Love is an unforgettable memoir about a mixed-race Jewish woman who, after 15 years of estrangement from her racist great-aunt, helps bring her home when Alzheimer’s strikes

In 1970, three-day-old Marra B. Gad was adopted by a white Jewish family in Chicago. For her parents, it was love at first sight - but they quickly realized the world wasn’t ready for a family like theirs. 

Marra’s biological mother was unwed, white, and Jewish, and her biological father was Black. While still a child, Marra came to realize that she was “a mixed-race, Jewish unicorn”. In Black spaces, she was not “Black enough” or told that it was okay to be Christian or Muslim but not Jewish. In Jewish spaces, she was mistaken for the help, asked to leave, or worse. Even in her own extended family, racism bubbled to the surface. 

Marra’s family cut out those relatives who could not tolerate the color of her skin - including her once beloved, glamorous, worldly Great-Aunt Nette. After they had been estranged for 15 years, Marra discovers that Nette has Alzheimer’s and that only she is in a position to get Nette back to the only family she has left. Instead of revenge, Marra chooses love and watches as the disease erases her aunt’s racism, making space for a relationship that was never possible before. 

The Color of Love explores the idea of yerusha, which means “inheritance” in Yiddish. At turns heart-wrenching and heartwarming, this is a story about what you inherit from your family - identity, disease, melanin, hate, and, most powerful of all, love. With honesty, insight, and warmth, Marra B. Gad has written an inspirational, moving chronicle proving that, when all else is stripped away, love is where we return and love is always our greatest inheritance.

©2019 Marra B. Gad (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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  • yy
  • 07-10-2020

Congratulations

Raw, fresh, vulnerable, Courageous, beautifully written, eye-opening, sensitive, a worthwhile book, time well spent

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  • Marsha L. Woerner
  • 29-12-2020

What a loving and human individual

(As posted in GoodReads) What a touching book! Her life was filled with prejudice and grief from all sides, including her own family and community and she took it in stride but knowing what people were doing. Her parents were wonderful and gave her a strong loving foundation, and she presented a mixture of love and hatred combined with humanity and compassion! I loved this book.

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  • beotherworldly
  • 08-12-2020

too "tragic mulatto"

I struggled to finish because her life is so tragic because she's mixed. too stereotypical.

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  • Becca
  • 28-09-2020

Excellent Memoir

Highly reccomend this book. Marra's story is important, as it is one so many Jews of color face in one way or another. If you care about diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Jewish community, and in the US as a whole, you should read or listen to this book

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  • James Kahn
  • 17-09-2020

A story of resilience and love. Timely lessons.

Marra B. Gad boldly shares intimate aspects of growing up an adopted mixed race girl, in a white Jewish family. She offers insight into this experience that few have the pleasure of experiencing. I am grateful for Gad’s honest telling and the details of learning about one’s own capacity for love, in spite of it all. And I mean it ALL. Bravo. Aching and Inspirational. Love promoting, life and death affirming. Thank you. Todah Rabah. Happy Rosh Hashanah 2020❤️

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  • Dustin Kronzek
  • 06-08-2020

Love, love, love it.

This book was sad and funny in places but it transforming in Religion, race, family, self worth and love. Thank You Marra B. Gad for putting it out there. This book will help a lot of people.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-07-2020

Not impressed at all

I had high expectations for this book. Unfortunately was disappointed by the tone of it. Had to stop half way through as it sounded more like this book is about the rich aunt of whom the author is extremely jalouse.

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  • Barrington S. Mann III
  • 06-05-2020

Sad but so important, a must read

this book was a stark reminder that racism is far from eliminated from our society, even living within families. How the author rises above the pain is so impressive, and how she is able to read aloud about these difficult moments of her life is bravery itself

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