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About 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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; Reprint edition (January 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316166626
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316166621
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #533,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I became a writer in my forties. Before that I'd been fortunate to work in a lot of wonderful places. In the late 1970s and early 80s I was part of the team that distributed and co-produced Sesame Street around the world. A few years later I helped launch SPY magazine, about which has been said, "It's pretty safe to say that SPY was the most influential magazine of the 1980s." In the 1990s when my kids were young I had the perfect job -- Worldwide Creative Director for Nickelodeon and Nick at Nite, where I created and launched Nickelodeon magazine.

At the turn of the century, I switched careers becoming a columnist for the cutting-edge business magazine Fast Company. After that I created the monthly "American Treasures" column for Martha Stewart Living. In 2007 I published my first book, Going Gray, What I Learned About Beauty, Sex, Work, Motherhood, Authenticity And Everything Else That Matters, and wrote a Yahoo blog, "Going Gray, Getting Real." Random House will publish It's Always Personal, my new book exploring the new realities of emotion in the workplace.

Although I now live in Brooklyn, with my husband, the author, Kurt Andersen (Turn of the Century, Heyday, Reset), and our two great daughters, I was born in Kansas City and will always consider myself a Midwesterner at heart.

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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Terri J. Rice TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 11, 2010
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Interesting concept, does going gray change whether or not you are beautiful, your intimate life, your work, being a mother, being authentic, and everything else that really matters? And the book was interesting for about ten pages.

The author at long last takes a decidedly pro-gray stand and pretty much thinks those that can't stand the heat of going gray are a bit wimpy and not natural enough and lacking in character. And that is fine to say for a few pages which is when this book should have ended.

Anne Kreamer put way too much thought into a pretty simple decision and then stretched it into book length with the history of hair color advertisements, a plethora of quotes from men and women on gray hair, and number crunching about gray hair.

Wow! If you are into gray hair statistics and why gray hair is the best, this is the book for you.

It should have been a short magazine article or blog post.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By LibraCyn on February 16, 2012
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Upon making a decision about going grey, I read this book, which is a short read. Couldn't put it down. . . aspects I have been wondering about regarding this subject were detailed in interesting and captivating ways! The thought of "letting my hair go grey" was strange and intimidating for quite a long time, but reading this book made me feel much more at ease with my decision and actually sealed it for me. Besides loving the way grey hair looks on lots of women, I think it is an important part of womanhood that is often superseded by youthful depictions and aspirations. If you are hesitant to stop coloring, this book will be a turning point for you. Well-written, to-the-point, and often humorous, this book will entertain, educate, and amuse you. It will also be quite an eye-opener.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JW on November 6, 2013
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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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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By lorikay on August 19, 2010
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The book was a quick and interesting read--but more sociological in nature vs. how-to help for those considering "going gray." I wished there were pictures of her process of change, which was quite a disappointment because she explained what she was experiencing, but we couldn't see that process. She talked about her own experiences and the quasi "research" she did, but I would have liked more on the issue of being authentic. It is really a personal narrative with socio-political analysis thrown in here and there. Don't get this book if you are wanting help on the actual how-to's of going gray, there are websites more helpful for that.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By merl on May 13, 2012
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This book was very enlightening in the sense that I have not colored my hair since I read it for a Sociology class assignment. I never really thought about actually being free from the "bottle" - Received the book quickly with standard shipping selected - was in excellent condition
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edmuncm on March 11, 2015
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Loved this book.
Covering my gray hair with a "natural" brown has become more challenging over the years. Contemplating letting my hair go gray seemed like such an issue, as my hairdresser was horrified by the thought.
Then I stumbled on this book. The author had already gone through all the thought process I'd begun to contemplate. I felt less alone, and more self assured after reading this book.
I'm now two-inches into my graying process, and feel comfortable that I'll be able to complete the transition without looking back.
Thanks for the education and confidence boost!
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I enjoyed this book, I just wish this book addressed a more diverse group of women, not just primarily white female baby boomers. There are millions of black, Hispanic, Asian, etc. women across the world with gray hair in their twenties, thirties, and especially 40's. In many of those ethnic cultures, gray hair is very much looked down upon because women from those ethnic groups are not only dealing with the challenges and joys of being a woman but the challenges and joys of being "other." Many people from these ethnic groups think that letting your hair go gray is just adding fuel to the fire, if you know what I mean - or making things harder than the already are for prospective courtship, employment, etc.

I know it's brave for anyone of any group or gender to go gray but it's especially tough for black, Hispanic, Asian and Native American women. How many 40 something Asian women does one see with silver hair on a regular basis? I only found two on Pinterest. Some of the seniors go gray but few to none younger where I live. And where I live there are A LOT of Asians. In the Hispanic and black community there are more silver haired sisters but the numbers are far fewer than in the white community. I'm not trying to start trouble, I'm just sharing my observations here.

Although I gleaned encouragement, humor and interesting tidbits about how men really feel about women with gray hair (most don't mind it or love it!), how prospective employers view gray hair (the numbers there are grim), the troubling lengths Hollywood goes through to make people look younger, I felt that minorities, Generation X (my generation) and Millenials were just glossed over or only addressed for a few paragraphs or sentences here and there.
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