Heard about the Detroit radio station had a contest called “New Year, New Rear” and gave the winner $15,000 worth of liposuction? You would have if you’d read Beauty Junkies: In Search of the Thinnest Thighs, Perkiest Breasts, Smoothest Faces, Whitest Teeth, and Skinniest, Most Perfect Toes in America, (Broadway, 304 pp., $14.94, paperback), just out in paperback with a new subtitle (replacing Inside Our $15 Billion Obsession With Cosmetic Surgery). How did we get to the point that some people don’t blink when they hear about a “New Year, New Rear” promotion? What are the social, emotional and medical costs of the cosmetic surgery boom? New York Times reporter Alex Kuczynski www.alexkuczynski.com gives fearless answers in a skillful blend of reporting, social commentary and advice to people who may submit to the knife or needle.
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