by Sari Botton

Love/Hate Those Trashy Women’s Magazines?

Jennifer Nelson, author of Airbrushed Nation: The Lure & Loathing of Women’s Magazines (Seal, $16) and a veteran writer for women’s magazines, is deeply conflicted about her subject. From one passage to the next, Nelson flips back and forth between being critical of, and sort of sycophantically lauding, the magazine industry she surveys.

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