Going Gray

Going Gray

What I Learned About Beauty, Sex, Work, Motherhood, Authenticity, and Everything Else That Really Matters

Book - 2007
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Anne Kreamer thought she was a youthful 49 until she saw a photo taken with her teenage daughter that stopped her in her tracks. She set out for herself a program to let her hair become its true colour, and to discover her true self. This is an exploration of that experience and a frank investigation of aging.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, c2007
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780316166614
0316166618
Branch Call Number: 305.4 Kre 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 209 p

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HerNoseInABookGal
Feb 12, 2017

Once again - Marketing! That's what got us all - slaves to the hair dye and fashion industry. Buying into manufactured lies that aging skin, graying hair is unattractive. Anne Kreamer candidly peels away the layers of denial to uncover a new truth about become an older beautiful woman. A story of acceptance just as she is. We all grow older and we all age. Men do so sans makeup, hair dye. Why can't we woman? Let's simplify and free ourselves from cumbersome, expensive, culturally-self-imposed, unnecessary so-call beauty rituals. Lets celebrate the natural phases. Let us have self-acceptance and confidence just as we are.

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NBotkin
May 15, 2016

A much-needed questioning of the assumption that women need to color their hair. Did you know that on average coloring one's hair makes a person look only 3 years younger?

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bookworm956
Nov 01, 2015

A candid personal exploration of what it means to go gray -- and go against the societal norm. Kramer discovers that being honest with herself truly is skin-and-hair deep as she learns as she pursues this project -- and realizes that in 24 years of hair-coloring, she could have saved some $65,000 - which could have taken a bite out of her daughters' college costs! Not to mention all those hours. This book is worth your time!

Fred08_1 Aug 25, 2014

excellent alternatives for looking good

please check out the video to the right for tips on growing hair

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DarcyJansen
Oct 22, 2013

This book was not a very good read. The author repeats herself several times through the chapters. In some cases she literally used the same sentence in different chapters and in other cases she repeats her ideas. I am surprised that this book was published at all.

It seems more like a few years worth of unedited journal entries than a book for public consumption.

I resorted to scanning through the book rather than reading it properly and was glad I did so because it lacks content, style, ....

I am sure it was a good exercise for the author to write a book and I think that is worth congratulating her for.

Don't waste your time with this book though.

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faithjourney
Sep 06, 2012

Now in my 51st year, I decided it was time to "transition" and found this book inspiring. Kreamer articulated much of what I was trying to say to myself as I worked through the emotional and societal issues of being a woman who decides to "let herself go" (my mother in law's words).

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floy
Apr 19, 2012

This would've made a good magazine article; it's a bit tedious book length. The author makes some good points and details her interviewing and research about contemporary attitudes toward middle-aged and older women with gray or white hair. She discusses the pressure on women to stay as young-looking as possible in Hollywood, in LA, in politics and in business etc. The author occasionally irritated me by referring to breasts as boobs (I thought the book was about being mature) and referring to Ronald Reagan's administration as a time when he "blithely and belovedly presided over the country..." Belovedly?? Not in my experience!!! Anyway, back to the book... it's redundant after awhile and I confess I didn't read past page 135. The take home point was enjoy your gray or white hair; wear it proudly and the culture will change. Join the club; I have.

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