It’s Never Too Late to Forgive Yourself. ‘Gray is the New Black’ by Dorothy Rice #LittleBlackBook

One of my favorite authors is Nora Ephron. I especially love her book I Feel Bad About My Neck, which is a lovely, humorous look at growing older as a woman. Sadly, Nora is no longer with us so there are no more Ephron books to look forward to. In reading Gray Is the New Black: A Memoir of Self Acceptance (Otis Books, Seismicity Editions, June 2019) by Dorothy Rice however I think I have found my new Nora. Any woman over 50 years old should pick this up, because she will find insight into her own story in this insightful, bittersweet book.

Dorothy Rice
Gray is the New Black: A Memoir of Self Acceptance

Gray Is the New Black: A Memoir of Self Acceptance is a nonfiction memoir that starts with Dorothy growing out her gray hair. It lasts until she is mistaken for being her sister’s mother…insult enough to go back to the bottle (of hair dye, that is). Thus begins a wonderful reflection of her life, from growing up in the ’60’s to her own sixties today. Gray Is the New Black: A Memoir of Self Acceptance reads more like a conversation with a best friend – one who totally understands the same sorts of experiences you have had with insecurity, gaining and losing the same 20 pounds, a sugar addiction, binge eating, and somehow believing that if you are just thin enough and sexy enough you will be truly loved.

Gray is the New Black: A Memoir of Self Acceptance

I won’t give away any more of the plot because I am quite sure that once you start reading this book you won’t put it down until it is done. Some parts are laugh out loud funny but mostly you will find yourself nodding in agreement, remembering almost the exact same events and experiences and feelings in your own coming of age story. It is easy to find yourself on every page and you will thoroughly enjoy every minute.

Absolutely fierce.

If you are of a ‘certain age’ and have ever dealt with sibling rivalry, abuse, an empty nest, or a ton of self-doubt, read Gray is the New Black:  A Memoir of Self Acceptance. It is funny, honest, and inspiring…and a truly delightful read. – Lisa



  1. Lola Seicento | 29th Aug 19

    Nora Ephron was absolutely brilliant– such a loss to the world! This memoir sounds inspirational!

  2. Kathryne | 29th Aug 19

    Adding it to my to-read list books

  3. 25 Sweetpeas | 29th Aug 19

    Love books that are more conversational, and has a chat feeling to it, sounds nice.

  4. Cindy Ingalls | 29th Aug 19

    I’m adding this to my must read list!

  5. Glamorable | 31st Aug 19

    Thank you for sharing this book recommendation! I will be sure to recommend it to my mom and aunt!

  6. Jen Walker | 31st Aug 19

    This doesn’t really sound like my type of book, but I’m glad you found something that you really enjoy!

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