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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 of struggling to be thin enough, pretty enough, sexy enough, 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. And it begins with her trying once again to go gray. But this time, it’s less about surrendering to age than it is about finding herself.
In her memoir Gray Is the New Black: A Memoir of Self Acceptance, Dorothy shares her deeply personal, belated coming of age story of self-improvement and acceptance – lose weight, find love, purpose and happiness – where she succeeds by failing and learns what’s really important in the process. Conceived, drafted and refined in a “Book in a Year” class after her retirement and further nurtured at Sonoma County Writers Camp, it provides deep insight into the thought processes, behavior, and feelings of women across generations and illustrates the understanding that many will weather similar storms—a too comfortable marriage, a daunting empty nest, prickly feelings of sibling rivalry, self-doubt, caring for an elderly parent, and, sadly, abuse.
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Author is available for interviews, blog tours, autographed tours, autographed book giveaways, contests, and book club discussions.
Dorothy Rice received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of California, Riverside/Palm Desert. Her work has been published by The Rumpus, Split Lip Magazine, The Saturday Evening Post online, Mom Egg Review, Longridge Review, and Belle Ombre, among others. Her first book, The Reluctant Artist, was published by Shanti Arts. She was also awarded second place in the 2018 Kalanithi Awards for her essay, In Photographs, and her short story Tiny Dancer was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net.
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Gray Is the New Black: A Memoir of Self Acceptance is available from Small Press Distribution, IndieBound and Amazon.