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Local author holds book signing for her latest book, "Too Brown to Keep"

Posted at 10:30 AM, Jan 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-30 13:30:23-05

A local author who recently shared with 23ABC the story behind her latest book "Too Brown to Keep" held a book signing at a local coffee shop. Judy Fambrough-Billingsley's new book tells the story of her search for her birth parents.

Fambrough-Billingsley discovered she was part of a group of children born to German women and black men who were soldiers during World War II. They were deemed "too brown to keep" and were actually put up for adoption and advertised in newspapers around the world. Thankfully, a local couple in Bakersfield who could not conceive saw the ad and adopted her.

Fambrough-Billingsley said sharing her story has helped her connect with others.

"I think that what I found, having written my book is I thought I was unique and alone. What I found is people do have hurdles. Everyone has hurdles in life. And for us to share and for us to say we can do this and be successful at doing it and move forward and live life to be happy."

Wednesday's book signing was held at Dagny's Coffee Shop downtown. The book is available for purchase there and online.