Thoughts by Anne Kreamer, Little,Brown&Co 2007, 206 pages
Full Title: Going Gray: What I Learned About Beauty, Sex, Work, Motherhood, Authenticity, and Everything Else That Really Matters
MOTIVATION for READING: I somewhat remember an article or a review that suggested this book and since it was available on BookMooch, I scooped it up.
WHAT’s it ABOUT: One woman’s decision to stop dying her hair and how she navigated through all her notions about aging, fashion, attractiveness, and her role in the world now that she was approaching ‘middle age’. It really is mostly her research on gray hair and what it means and not so much personal sharing on all that ‘everything else’ she lists in the extended title.
WHAT’s GOOD: She does do a bit of research but it is also conducted in a personal way – which I guess is more fun, so I wouldn’t call it an academic study. It did confirm for me that a female attempting to get a new job after age 50 is S.O.L. It is so sad how we don’t consider and value experience and society wants to ignore old people. Terribly sad.
In fact, she seems to conclude that gray hair is certainly NOT less sexy so we all can feel good about that. But finding a new job will be impossible. New lover? not a problem. Impressive to anyone hiring? not a chance.
What’s NOT so good: She tends to make a few blanket statements that some careers are more youth-oriented than others but I think it is every job category out there.
FINAL THOUGHTS: I really need to figure out how to write a best-seller… or even a moderate-seller. I really am well-suited to the working conditions of being a writer. Now I just need to figure out how to produce something. Maybe I should write a nonfiction memoir study on some odd topic and then write some self-help books… Do I sound bitter?
RATING: Two to three slices. It was short, not really memorable and no pie was mentioned.