"Rice reflects, 'When you’re young, you can make yourself believe that when you fantasize and daydream, you are projecting the future. It’s all out there, still possible.' And then she discloses, 'What I didn’t know back then was that the magic day when conditions were perfect for writing, or fulfilling any dream, would never arrive. It would only become harder, more complicated. LIFE DOESN’T STOP HAPPENING SO THAT YOU CAN PURSUE YOUR DREAMS.'"
Hippocampus Magazine, 9/16/2019
"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."
Beauty Info Zone, 8/29/2019
"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."
Mom Egg Review 8/19/2019
"Dorothy Rice’s memoir, GRAY IS THE NEW BLACK is a memoir of ageism, sexism and self acceptance. It’s also a wonderful portrait of an intelligent, beautiful woman struggling to confront her past in order to have the present and future she wants and deserves."
Longridge Review, July 6, 2019
"We are reminded of the old adage, Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover, upon opening Dorothy Rice’s recent memoir, GRAY IS THE NEW BLACK. The simple cover — black background, minimal white font donning only the book’s title and author’s name — gives no hint of the complexity of emotions that lies between its pages."
NY Yoga+Life, October, 2019
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.
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.
With wry humor, a keen eye and unwavering honesty, GRAY IS THE NEW BLACK charts her up, down, sideways, and, ultimately, up again journey.
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"The book is a personal story, but it resonates on a universal level with readers."
Inside Sacramento, September 2019
"This book is not only a great read for women of all ages, it's essential reading for the men in their lives who might like a handbook to give them some insight into the female psyche."
Amazon review, September 2019
"GRAY IS THE NEW BLACK is what a memoir should be. The book is a testament to the universal truths of womanhood."
Amazon review, September 2019
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