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.
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.
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.
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. – Lisasample
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