by Simon Doonan
Who knew snarky insights into another's dieting world could be so funny. Mere mortals were first introduced to Simon Doonan via his memoir, Beautiful People, which was adapted for television and aired on the BBC. The 20 year gig at Barney's earned him some recognition too. Doonan clearly doesn't live in the same world of poverty and prolicide as the rest of us, but I found the two hours spent reading his latest book my literary bubble bath. You'll either be glad you had the escape from reality or vow to only read the Economist from here on out.