“I am black—and brown, too,” writes Emily Bernard. “Brown is the body I was born into. Black is the body of the stories I tell.” In a collection of twelve deeply personal and interconnected essays Emily Bernard explores the nuances and paradoxes of her identity — as a woman who grew up black in the south and who married a white man from the north, as a black professor teaching mostly white students in Vermont about race, as a mother who adopted two babies from Ethiopia. This fearless and penetrating memoir has been lauded as “contemplative and compassionate” (Publishers Weekly) and “deeply felt, unflinchingly honest, and openly questioning” (Kirkus). Emily Bernard author of Remember Me to Harlem: The Letters of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten, and is professor of Critical Race and Ethnic studies at the University of Vermont.