Drinking Problems at the Fountain of Youth

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Short of spending every waking hour engaged in antiaging treatments, is there anything the average woman can do to shave even a few months from her appearance? Do any of the miracle creams, procedures, or magic potions actually make a person look more youthful? Does a woman have to worry about her nasolabial folds if she doesn't even know where they're located on her body? Veteran journalist Beth Teitell aims to find the answers to these questions and many more in her hilarious travels looking for the elusive elixir of youth.

If you feel bad about your neck (or any other body part), if the idea of Botox-filled syringes fills you with horror, if you don't want to empty your wallet to pay for $475 serums that promise to cheer up aging skin or the hourly cost of a facial-fitness coach, or if you don't believe the claims of antiaging gummy bears or age-defying bottled water, then Drinking Problems at the Fountain of Youth is the book for you. There's not a woman in America who won't see herself in Teitell's struggles or come away feeling that the enormous amount of energy, time, and money we spend trying to restore our bodies to the way they were when we were twenty could be better spent elsewhere.

With honesty, outrage, and wit, Teitell goes deep into the youth-at-any-cost culture and takes it apart from the inside out. And then she reassures us that there is hope—there are things we can do to look and feel younger, and ways we can learn to stop worrying about looking older.

Drinking Problems at the Fountain of Youth is for every woman who isn't as young as she used to be—a book of wisdom and advice, and a laugh-out-loud look at our age-obsessed culture.

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About the Author:

Longtime journalist Beth Teitell is a regular contributor to the Boston Globe. Her humorous essays and other articles have appeared on public radio's Marketplace, on Huffington Post and Daily Candy, and in Time, the Washington Post, Shape, and the Boston Herald. She is the author of From Here to Maternity: The Education of a Rookie Mom, and lives in Boston with her husband and two sons.

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“Beth Teitell tells it like it is and how it’s going to be for women who are middle-aged and only going to become more so.” (New York Daily News)

“Laugh-out-loud funny, honest, and ultimately quite uplifting, the book addresses everything from repressed anger at friends’ cosmetic procedures to outrageous product claims.” (Boston Globe)

“If you’re female, between the ages of 20 and death, and simultaneously disturbed and amused by 21st century beauty culture, this is the book for you.” (Body & Soul)

“Author Beth Teitell has decided to take on the malady that often afflicts American women: ‘Fear of looking our age.’” (Time magazine)

“Teitell’s sharp wit and reporting chops bring a mix of riotous fun and compelling insight about our obsession with anti-aging. A must-read for anyone packing a cosmetic bag full of paraban-free creams, Drinking Problems comes with one caveat: It will cause laugh lines.” (Boston Herald)

“Every woman needs to read, or at least know of the existence of, a funny-but-true book about growing old. Laugh as you dab that serum in the tender skin under your eye.” (Richmond Style Weekly)

“Beth Teitell hilariously debunks every trick, gimmick, and potion promising eternal youth, and offers a low-tech exit strategy from the madness. DRINKING PROBLEMS AT THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH is essential reading.” (Anne Kreamer, author of Going Gray: What I Learned about Beauty, Sex, Work, Motherhood, Authenticity and Everything Else That Really Matters)

“This is a wonderful book! Just the right blend of both hilarious and brilliant insights into modern women and our day-to-day struggles to keep up. A perfect book to share with your best friend.” (Emily Miles Terry, New York Times bestselling author, Nesting: It’s A Chick Thing)

“Using her inimitable cocktail of self-deprecating humor and incisive wit, Beth Teitell throws a wake-up drink in the collective faces of a world obsessed by youth.” (Laura Zigman, author of Animal Husbandry and Her)

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