Sondra Gotlieb makes fun of herself and the Washington political scene as wife of the Canadian Ambassador during the Reagan years. Bootsy Tribble, who smokes Balkan Sobranies, is her social mentor. (In Canada, Sondra has encountered socialist, not socialites.) Sondra's wit and honesty enhance her description of her personal experience with cosmetic surgery and plastic surgeons. She also writes about absurd health news, diets and gastronomy, including cooking classes in New York with a group of young people who reakky don't enjoy eating. Gotlieb has snafus while shopping, problems in home and garden and family life--all detailed in her inimitable style.