beauty-junkies.jpg Alex Kuczynski is a reporter at the New York Times Style pages, who reports on cosmetic world, has written a new book named "Beauty Junkies: Inside Our $15 Billion Obsession With Cosmetic Surgery". The tireless pursuit of so-called perfection is the subject of this fascinating book. The author traces the evolution of plastic surgery to 600 BC, when cosmetic procedures are performed to smoothen foreheads and repair crippled feet. Kuczynski profiles today's beauty junkies through nemerous well-reported case studies. Justifications for expensive injecting, slicing, lifting and pumping up one's body parts are myriad, but one 57-year-old woman ( said she looks like she is 37 ) spoke for many. The book reveals the negative side or effects of cosmetic procedures also, some of them out of the authors own experience. The book is priced at $24.95 at Amazon.com