American Plastic

Boob Jobs, Credit Cards, and Our Quest for Perfection

By Laurie Essig
(Beacon Press (MA), Paperback, 9780807003237, 219pp.)

Publication Date: November 8, 2011

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The story of how credit and cosmetic surgery have created a subprime mortgage crisis of the body.

In this provocative book, sociologist Laurie Essig traces the history of plastic surgery, tracks the effect of fashion and porn on our desire to "fix" ourselves, and explores our image- and youth-obsessed culture. In over two hundred interviews of plastic surgeons and surgery recipients, Essig creates an unforgettable portrait of contemporary America. American Plastic is a powerful and original commentary on the relationship between cosmetic surgery, credit, and culture.




About the Author
Laurie Essig has taught sociology at Columbia University and Trinity College in Connecticut. She is a columnist for New York Blade and Chicago??'s Outline.
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