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"With incisive, lyrical prose, Dorothy Rice articulates something important about generations of women, especially those who find comfort in language, reading and writing and use these tools to discover why it was so important to them to fit in, to belong, to be wanted by a man, even a bad man, or the wrong man."
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"When I found Dorothy Rice’s memoir, Gray is the New Black, the book felt like a cosmic gift." Brevity's Nonfiction Blog 1/2/2020
"A memoir written in a year—about a year—of self-discovery, this little black book takes readers along, sometimes hilariously, sometimes with heartbreak, on the writer’s oh-so-relatable quest to exorcise some past demons, accept herself at all ages (especially now, as she grows her hair out gray), forgive herself and look ahead with clear eyes." Sacramento Magazine 12/13/2019
"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 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 by Dorothy Rice, 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
"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 10/2019
"The book is a personal story, but it resonates on a universal level with readers."
Inside Sacramento September 2019
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Check out this sampling of ★★★★★ reviews for GRAY IS THE NEW BLACK on Amazon and Goodreads!
Perfect for book clubs
A page turner, honest and self-reflective
Love this little black book!
Pulls you in, and doesn't let you go until the last page is turned.
I couldn't put this book down
Honest, fast paced,and just a damn good read!
My hero for memoir writing
Required reading towards self acceptance
Gray is the New Black made the MAGNIFY 2019 list of reviewers favorite small press books published this year!
The Reluctant Artist: Joe Rice 1918 - 2011 (Shanti Arts, 2015)
Praise for THE RELUCTANT ARTIST
"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
For more information on THE RELUCTANT ARTIST and Joe Rice, visit josephflaviusrice.com