By Margot Mifflin
Updated April 28, 1995 at 04:00 AM EDT
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The Snarling Citizen

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The Snarling Citizen Barbara Ehrenreich (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $20) An essayist for Time, Barbara Ehrenreich is a media pundit who can tease cultural meaning out of Burt and Loni’s breakup and draw parallels between Woody Allen’s legal troubles and Bill Clinton’s political woes. She’s also an unapologetic liberal with savage wit: In ”Stamping Out a Dread Scourge,” Ehrenreich wryly unpacks the ironies of the American Society for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery’s campaign to identify ”micromastia” (small breasts) as a disease (”the plague’s dread symbol: the A-cup bra”). Her more straight- faced meditations on family values, gender conflict, and foreign policy are trenchant and sometimes refreshingly unpredictable. Except for the odd fluff piece on the weather or O.J. Simpson, this collection of recent essays is crammed with venom, humor, and formidable logic. A- -Margot Mifflin

The Snarling Citizen

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  • Book
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  • Barbara Ehrenreich
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  • HarperPerennial Library

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