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updated 05/24/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/24/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Helen Gurley Brown

In 1962, Brown, just three years away from stewardship of Cosmopolitan, wrote her phenomenal bestseller, Sex and the Single Girl. Since then, myriad girls (in Brown's italicized, exclamation-strewn lexicon, females of any age are always called girls) have grown up and even—let's face it—grown old. They're the crew that Brown, now 71, addresses here in her trademark exhortative, chirpy, ad-copy style.

Subtitled "A Semiwild but Practical Survival Plan for Women over 50," the book offers advice on fashion, makeup, sex ("Welcoming a penis just seems more womanly to me than baking chocolate-chip cookies"), beauty (Brown advises putting strips of cellophane tape across each wrist as a reminder to stand up straight) and values (overeating is a sin, adultery is not). While some readers may find it comforting to be in the presence of someone who unabashedly parades her neuroses, parsimony, high consumption of estrogen supplements, split ends and plastic surgery, it is hard to take seriously a woman (oops, girl) who suggests to readers in search of a mood elevator that they assiduously rub off their dead skin cells and even, yes, sniff their underwear. (Morrow, $23)

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