In a recent TV interview author Dorothy Rice talks about
GRAY IS THE NEW BLACK on Good Morning Washington
@ABC7GMW with journalist Veronica Johnson
"GRAY IS THE NEW B LACK is a coming of age memoir for those of us who took a little longer than others to write it all down.
Rice discusses being a daughter, sister, mother, grandmother and wife with an unflinchingly honest and unquestionably relatable pen. Although I’m more than a decade her junior, I saw myself on the page over and over—often painfully so. But although Rice is merciless in her examination of her life, she is never whiney, self-pitying, or cruel. Rice details her pain with such a wry humor that her memoir was impossible to put down."
Book Review by Lara Lillibridge, Mom Egg Review 8/19/2019
And, here's what recent readers have to say about
GRAY IS THE NEW BLACK - THE #LittleBlackBook -
"Dorothy's writing is searingly honest and beautiful. In GRAY IS THE NEW BLACK she reveals her life story - the natural ups and downs of life as well as the humiliating and embarrassing low-points, all in a set of essays that use a one year writing workshop as an opportunity to reflect on the twists and turns of her life."
"This book is so real, so honest. I felt like I listening to a friend finally tell the truth, the real truth, the one we are all afraid of telling. It's not as simple as wanting to "stay young and skinny." The grief that women feel as a result of living in female bodies becomes more and more complex over time. We must all grieve our youthful bodies and our youthful choices. And many must grieve the often unforgivable acts of men. This is an intimate, raw memoir. And I don't think "just" women should read it. Men could learn so much by reading a story like this. It is a story that needs to be heard over and over."
In a 2005 essay, Nora Ephron wrote, “There’s a reason why 40, 50, and 60 don’t look the way they used to, and it’s not because of feminism or better living through exercise. It’s because of hair dye.”
That essay coincided with the first time Dorothy Rice grew out her gray hair—it didn’t last long. Fast forward fourteen years and after decades struggling to be thin, pretty, sexy and successful enough to deserve love and happiness, she devotes a year to cracking the code, a journey that forces her to confront the gnarled roots of female shame.
Age happens. GRAY IS THE NEW BLACK, while one woman's quest for self-acceptance and forgiveness, is also a universal, relatable story. It's funny too.
"I took this book on vacation with me and did not want to put it down. Dorothy is so honest, matter of fact, and open about her experiences the book reads like an intimate conversation with a good friend. I dare you not to find a piece of yourself in this book. If you have a complicated relationship with your mother, food, your hair, your body, your past self, or your current self, this book with resonate with you."
Praise for THE RELUCTANT ARTIST
(Shanti Arts, 2015)
"Dorothy Rice has not only written a memorial for her father, she's established herself as a different kind of artist in her own right: a gifted writer who, in eloquent and delicate prose, reveals the joys and costs of being an artist. Visual, emotional, and insightful, this book is a must read."
~ New York Times bestselling author Emily Rapp Black, author of the memoirs Poster Child and The Still Point of the Turning World