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Going Gray by Anne Kreamer

Friday, 21 December 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

Non-Fiction: Aging. Hardback from Little Brown and Company. Published in 2007. 224 pages. On loan from the Flower Mound Library via Interlibrary Loan.

This book was very interesting. She did a good job of presenting the reasons that many women color their hair to cover gray. (I’m basing that on hearsay, as other than one really bad session with Sun-In as a teenager and a couple of washout do it yourself colorings in my 20’s I’ve got little experience with hair dye.) She then tests the validity of the reasons by interviewing men about their perceptions of gray haired women, asking employers if they would hire women with gray hair and so on. She found that a lot of the reasons that women give for continuing to dye their hair are not completely based on reality. She also spends a lot of time talking about still being sexually attractive with gray hair, which strikes me as a bit odd. Is being sexually attractive really the main goal of women (or men for that matter)? It sounds so base to me. Anyway, a very thought provoking book. Visit Anne’s website for more information and photos.

As an aside: back in September I posted this book as a possible read after seeing it reviewed online. My local library did not have the book, so I attempted to get it via interlibrary loan, only to be told it was “too popular” to be sent out that way. So, I waited and was able to request and get a copy earlier this month. (I guess that means it’s not popular anymore?) It arrived from the library looking like this, with many admonitions to not remove any of the stickers on the front. Good thing I wasn’t interested in seeing what the cover of the book looked like. Talk about overkill!

Publisher’s summary:
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 illuminates in a friendly, useful, and entertaining way the politics and personal costs of this generation’s definition of “aging gracefully”.

Online book shopping:
Powell’s: Going Gray
amazon.co.uk: Going Gray
amazon.com: Going Gray
Audible.com: not currently available from Audible.com

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