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08/12/2006 03:20 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Is This Chick Lit? Judging A Book By Its Cover

Greatest Story Ever Sold With A Shiny Pink Cover.jpgOn Thursday, HuffPo hosted a mini face-off between "This Is Not Chick Lit" editor Elizabeth Merrick and "This Is Chick Lit" contributor Rachel Pine about the relative merits of the "chick lit" genre, and label (my take is here). As Carrie Bradshaw might say, we couldn't help but wonder: what makes chick lit, and should you, in fact, judge a book by its cover? Over at "Eat The Press," HuffPo's center for media content and commentary, we played around a bit in Photoshop (hat tip: Adnan Hajj) and found ourselves a couple of surprising beach reads. Is it chick lit? You decide.

We will say this, though: There's a lot of irony in dressing up Frank Rich's "The Greatest Story Ever Sold" with a cute shiny pink cover. Rather reminds you how many other things are prettied up (I'll give you a hint: "birth pangs"; the insurgency's in its "last throes"; Iraq's not in a civil war (who the dickens would ever say that?); and "Brownie, you're doing a heckuva job").

Special thanks to Marty Higgins for the photoshop experise! He is not based in Lebanon.