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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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Not easy but crucial

I'm grateful to Ms Gad for telling the rest of "the tribe" the painful truth -- some of our people have a long way to go to cleanse themselves of racist bigotry. It takes courage to read this book, but accepting and internalizing the first-hand description of the problem, the honest diagnosis of the disease, is a first step on that long path.

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  • yy
  • 2020-10-07

Congratulations

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

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  • M L. Goldsmith
  • 2021-05-28

I felt this true story stayed with me, still has

We don't pick our parents.
Our lives are altered by so many factors,
The story being true, and someone in my acquaintance knowing the Author from childhood made this somewhat personal.
We have no idea what is painful to some, none what so ever,
We also have no real idea what joy impacts someone.
To hear the story was what I needed for me.
I became a better person from it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-03-14

Anyone can write a memoir...apparently.

What could have been an interesting story was instead someone, a wannabe actress, acting her own story. None of her emotion felt real. Her tremulous voice when describing her father's death is so overwrought and fake, as evidenced by her immediate dropping of the "emotion" as she moves to the next sentence. And the story itself is incredibly haphazard. I'm glad she gained self confidence but she doesn't need to hit you over the head with her specialness. Did we really, truly need to know her exact "genius" IQ (putting aside the validity of IQ as a measurement of intelligence)? A disappointing experience overall.

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  • Joan Zak
  • 2021-03-05

This is one giant self-pitying whine

I read this for our book club. While the premise is interesting and could have been told as a story of how she became successful, despite her particular hardships, she chooses instead to gloss over the people , other than her parents and uncle who encouraged her, but goes into excruciating detail of every wrong she ever suffered. I found nothing to like about her

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  • Cindee
  • 2021-03-03

Potent in every way!

I hope that many of the audible subscribers listen to this book. It has so many lessons about life in general. It’s filled with emotions and lessons about forgiveness in ways that reach your deep in your soul if you really pay attention. Thank you Marra for sharing your story!

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  • Marsha L. Woerner
  • 2020-12-29

What a loving and human individual

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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
  • 2020-12-08

too "tragic mulatto"

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

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  • Becca
  • 2020-09-28

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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  • PaulaQK
  • 2020-09-17

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
  • 2020-08-06

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.