Beauty at Home
By Aerin Lauder Potter Style, 239 pages, $68 NO amount of highgloss photos of gorgeous rooms that clearly host a luxurious lifestyle can disguise the fact that Aerin Lauder is coasting on Grandma Estée’s glamorous coattails. Aerin is the founder of AERIN, a global lifestyle brand. Which begs the question: What exactly is a global lifestyle brand? Perhaps a bit of a fake career for the offspring of the wealthy to toy with? Nonetheless, Beauty at Home is packed with lovely photos of Aerin’s and Estée’s homes and such nuggets of wisdom as one of the most luxurious things you can do to your bathroom is to put a chair in it. And a great hostess gift is a copy of Vogue magazine from the year the hostess was born. Good to know. LAURENCE Maslon and Michael Kantor take a dazzling if limited look at the history and evolution of U.S. superheroes since their early-20thcentury origins in this appropriately full-colour chronicle. Addressing exclusively U.S. comic books, and concentrating on “the Big Two” publishers — Marvel and DC — the authors look at how costumed heroes went from kid stuff to the stuff of mediaconglomerate dreams. Based on the PBS series Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle, the book also looks at how superheroes have grappled with (and sometimes perpetuated) issues such as poverty, racism, misogyny and war.