Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Book Report: Makeovers at the Beauty Counter of Happiness by Ilene Beckerman
In a nutshell (or should I say compact?), the conflict of Makeovers at the Beauty Counter of Happiness centers around Ilene being invited to her 50-year elementary school class reunion and all the insecurities that arise. If you're anything like me, then you're wondering who the heck has an elementary school class reunion, and my answer would be a New York City elementary school for kids with high IQs. Pretty intriguing, no? I'd read a book about just that. But Makeovers at the Beauty Counter of Happiness isn't about the exquisite pain of being a baby genius. It's about a different kind of challenge, namely women's cross to bear in living up to impossible standards of beauty. Ilene vents her frustrations in charming, unsent letters to celebrities, historical figures, and her eleven-year-old granddaughter.
Three things I like about Ilene: she wears red lipstick, she laughs at herself, and she didn't start writing professionally until she was almost 60. It's such pearls that keep me going.