Books: Bless Sinners, Not Saints

Elizabeth Wurtzel wishes bad girls had it better

For the cover of Prozac Nation, Elizabeth Wurtzel's 1994 memoir of her struggle with depression, the author, then 26, posed strung out and exposing her midriff. The book sold well and established Wurtzel as a hipster social critic even though it dealt entirely with the subject of herself. Now, looking more self-possessed, Wurtzel graces the cover of her second book topless and giving the finger. Bitch: In Praise of Difficult Women (Doubleday; 434 pages; $23.95) is, more or less, a meandering lamentation on the fate of irrepressible women, those too angry, too tormented, too selfish--those who, say, would prefer to see...

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