Available for Kindle from $9.99.

Available for Kindle from $9.99.

This month our PD Book Club pick, Ruth Brandon’s Ugly Beauty, will give you pause on a wide array of topics.

Reading a bit like a university thesis, Brandon’s 2011 work details the history of both Helena Rubenstein’s namesake cosmetics company, and Eugène Schueller’s L’Oréal. While that might pique the interest of only some of our PDers, trust us, it is worth the 309 pages.

Starting with shinning light on the consumer’s willingness to believe in eternal youth provided in jar-form, and the smoke and mirrors used by the Beauty Industry to market said ideal, Ugly Beauty does not stop there.

Government and Ugly Beauty

Helena Rubenstein herself showing off the art of contouring.

Helena Rubenstein herself showing off the art of contouring.

From questioning what it means to be a collaborator during war, various takes on company governorship, and a tale of rags to riches or two, Brandon also wraps the book up with a closer look at the current push for cosmetic surgery and attempts to draw parallels between the demand for D-cups and the economy.

As we said in the beginning, Ugly Beauty offers a little something for everyone.

Pick up your copy here or from our side margin, and let us know what you think down in the comments.