Beauty at Home

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - BOOKS -

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.

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