The riveting story of how cosmetic surgery and plastic money melted together to create a subprime mortgage crisis of the body.... Plastic surgery has become the answer for many Americans, and in American Plastic sociologist Laurie Essig explores how we arrived at this particular solution. Over the last decade there has been a 465 percent increase in cosmetic work, and we now spend over $12 billion annually on procedures like liposuction, face-lifts, tummy tucks, and boob jobs. In this fascinating book, Essig argues that this transformation is the result of massive shifts in both our culture and our economy - a perfect storm of greed, desire, and technology. Plastic is crucial to who we are as Americans, Essig observes. We not only pioneered plastic money but lead the world in our willingness to use it. Its estimated that 30 percent of plastic surgery patients earn less than $30,000 a year; another 41 percent earn less than $60,000. And since the average cost of cosmetic work is $8,000, a staggering 85 percent of patients assume debt to get work done. Using plastic surgery as a lens on better understanding our society, Essig shows how access to credit, medical advances, and the pressures from an image- and youth-obsessed culture have led to an unprecedented desire to fix ourselves. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Natalie Gold. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/002684/bk_adbl_002684_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
American Plastic:Boob Jobs, Credit Cards, and Our Quest for Perfection Laurie Essig
Voice and acting coach Patsy Rodenburg and fashion journalists Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine on this edition of Fresh Air. Rodenburg has worked with some of the world´s leading English-speaking actors, including Judi Dench, Daniel Day-Lewis, Maggie Smith, and Nicole Kidman. Rodenburg is the Director of Voice at London´s National Theatre and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She´s the author of the books Speaking Shakespeare and The Actor Speaks: Voice and the Performer.Woodall and Constantine are hosts of the BBC show What Not to Wear (broadcast here on BBC America Tuesday nights) which gives advice to women on what not to wear/what to wear if one has, for instance, big boobs, no boobs, big arms, flabby tummy, thick legs, etc. Their book, What Not to Wear is available now in paperback (Riverhead Books). (There´s also an American version of the show also called What Not to Wear on the cable channel TLC). (Original Broadcast Date: September 9, 2002) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/030828/rt_whyy_030828_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The old version of America is dead, bankrupt, kaput, finito, done, stick a fork in her. They killed her off with expensive wars and social programs without any means to pay for them other than printing money and through Government Bail-Outs of criminals who gave us the current financial collapse and depressed economy. America 2.0 Inc. -- Take Stock In America allows us put a halt to this race to become a third world nation and then to stop this dangerous path to destruction by simply incorporating the entire US Government into a For-Profit Corporation. Sounds crazy, I know. But, not after you read this astounding new book. When you finish it, you´ll become convinced that this is the greatest idea you´ve ever heard about in your life. First, we would no longer need to pay our citizens in the form of Welfare checks of any kind. No more unemployment insurance, no more food stamps, no more social security, Medicare or ObamaCare because we would all own part of the greatest economy in the world, the US Economy as stockholders. All of these so-called ´´Entitlements´´ are replaced by our own personal shares in America 2.0 Inc. As we all work harder to increase our shares, the economy improves under this newsocial contract, so does the over-all profitability and sustainability of the country. From the profits generated by the sum of all our hard work, we are paid in the form of yearly dividends instead of paying taxes on our incomes to the boobs who simply throw our money down the drain. Secondly, as a For-Profit corporation our executives would have to be far more trustworthy and obey all of the time-tested and trusted forms of corporate governance such as full disclosure, full accountability, shareholder protections, and due diligence. Finally and perhaps most importantly, the investors, the shareholders in the American economy, you and me, would have total control over the decisions being made for us in the way of Nati... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Mathiesen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/005981/bk_acx0_005981_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Breastfeeding is natural, but it is not entirely instinctive for either mothers or babies. The Nursing Mother´s Companion has been among the best-selling books on breastfeeding for over 30 years, with over 1,000,000 copies sold. It is respected and recommended by professionals, including The International Lactation Consultant Association, T. Berry Brazelton, and The American Academy of Pediatrics, and is well loved by new parents for its encouraging and accessible style. Kathleen Huggins equips breastfeeding mothers with all the information they need to overcome potential difficulties and nurse their babies successfully from the first week through the toddler years or somewhere in between. This fully updated and revised edition provides information on topics such as: Benefits of breastfeeding How to cope with breastfeeding obstacles and challenges Incorporating a nursing routine into working life Treating postpartum headaches and nausea Nutritional supplements to alleviate postpartum depression Sharing a bed with baby (co-sleeping) and the risk of SIDS Introducing solid foods Expressing, storing, and feeding breast milk Reviews of breast pumps This edition opens with a new foreword by Jessica Martin-Weber, creator of the very popular website The Leaky Boob and a new preface by Kelly Bonata, creator of the go-to site KellyMom. These two much-loved authorities speak to the importance of owning an authoritative breastfeeding book that cuts through the jumble of opinions, information, and misinformation on the Web. Now more than ever, The Nursing Mother´s Companion is the go-to guide every new mother should have at hand. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christina Moore. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/008658/bk_reco_008658_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.