Going Gray: What I Learned about Beauty, Sex, Work, Motherhood, Authenticity, and Everything Else That Really Matters [NOOK Book]

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Anne Kreamer considered herself a youthful 49 until a photo of herself with her teenage daughter stopped her in her tracks. In one unguarded moment she saw herself for what she really was -- a middle-aged woman with her hair dyed much too harshly. In that one moment Kreamer realized that she wasn't fooling anyone about her age and decided it was time to get real and embrace a more authentic life. She set out for herself a program to let her hair become its true color, and along ...
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Going Gray: What I Learned about Beauty, Sex, Work, Motherhood, Authenticity, and Everything Else That Really Matters

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Overview

Anne Kreamer considered herself a youthful 49 until a photo of herself with her teenage daughter stopped her in her tracks. In one unguarded moment she saw herself for what she really was -- a middle-aged woman with her hair dyed much too harshly. In that one moment Kreamer realized that she wasn't fooling anyone about her age and decided it was time to get real and embrace a more authentic life. She set out for herself a program to let her hair become its true color, and along the way discovered her true self.
Going Gray is Kreamer's exploration of that experience, and a frank, warm and funny investigation of aging as a female obsession. Through interviews, field experiments, and her own everywoman's chronicle, Kreamer probes the issues behind two of the biggest fears aging women face: Can I be sexually attractive as a gray-haired, middle-aged woman? and Will I be discriminated against in the work world? Her answers will surprise you.
In searching for the balance between attractiveness and authenticity, Kreamer's journey of middle-aging illiminates in a friendly, useful, and entertaining way the politics and personal costs of this generation's definition of "aging gracefully.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316019675
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 9/10/2007
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 154,491
  • File size: 876 KB

Meet the Author

Anne Kreamer is the former executive vice-president and worldwide creative director of Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite, and a co-founder of SPY magazine. She currently writes a monthly column for Martha Stewart Living and is a former columnist for Fast Company. Kreamer lives in Brooklyn with her husband, novelist and journalist Kurt Andersen, and her two daughters.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2007

    Loved it!

    I am a 50 year old woman who is 'going gray'. I thought the author was candid and sincere in her reasons for not coloring her hair, and she solidified my resolve to resist coloring. Her techniques for gathering opinions and statistics were comical and entertaining. I felt that the book was profound in the way she related the choice of hair color to authenticity in other life choices.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2008

    Expected something different

    I came across this book while searching for styles for gray hair. I too, was deciding whether or not to stop coloring my "blonde" hair. I found the author to be quite a name dropper and very fixated on her social status. As a middle class working woman, I had a hard time identifying with the pitfalls that she endured while letting her hair go to its natural color. I think she could have shortened it by four or five chapters, as it seemed to drag and lose my interest. I am grateful that I ordered the book from a "used" bookseller and didn't pay full price.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2008

    Could have done it better and I'm not a writer!

    After hearing about this book in magazines, etc. and having personally experienced the transition to 'white' hair at the age of 51, I was very disappointed with this read. For a woman of such standing, her lack of self worth resounded to me. On my part, there was much more insight into myself, and, especially other women I met, in making the 'change' to gray/white hair.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2007

    disappointing

    I looked forward to the release of this book since I previewed it online in June 2007. I ordered it to be sent upon its Sep. release. I started going gray from a dark brown hair dye in May and I looked for all the inspiration I could find to get through this grow out phase. I did not find any help or inspiration in this self-absorbed personal diary. I wish I had not bought the book. I would not recommend it.

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