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Drinking Problems at the Fountain of Youth by Beth Teitell - Book Review

Drinking Problems at the Fountain of Youth is a collection of related essays concerning the ridiculousness of the extremes we go through in order to slow the look of aging. The author, Beth Teitell, is a talented writer and has researched her subject well. She has an acerbic tongue of wit similar to Nora Ephron, Sarah Vowell and Beth Lisick.

Drinking Problems at the Fountain of Youth is geared toward those with a strong interest in the fashion & beauty industry. If you haven’t read Vogue or Cosmo in years and prefer Country Living to Elle, you’ll probably only find this collection amusing. There’s a disconnection from the section of America between NYC and L.A., a misstep for the gals who use Noxzema and Vaseline. Though the humor attempts to poke fun at the industry, it’s obvious that Teitell is an insider and she tries a bit too hard to make us believe she’s one of us.

All in all, Drinking Problems at the Fountain of Youth is a clever collection; it just didn’t speak to the worries of this (more typical than typical) forty-four year old woman.

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