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Strip City: A Stripper's Farewell Journey Across America

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A book by Lily Burana

Facing imminent marriage, Burana, a journalist who has written for the New York Times Book Review, the Village Voice and Spin, decides to make a yearlong "bachelorette odyssey" to revisit her former career as a stripper. She's exorcising some commitment … see full wiki

Author: Lily Burana
Publisher: Miramax Books
1 review about Strip City: A Stripper's Farewell Journey...

It's a memoir... not a how-to!

  • Oct 30, 2002
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First things first, Lily Burana is an exceptionally talented writer. Her memoir of her past (and occasional present) life as a topless dancer is witty, poignant and fascinating throughout. Detailing a personal odyssey that moves from a Times Square peep show to the yuppified "gentlemen's clubs" of today, along with intermittent stops in Wyoming, Lily bares more of her soul than her body. She understands why women perform in clubs. She understands why men spend their money in clubs. And she sees that economic interraction for what it's worth; the good, the bad and the tacky.

It's a wonderful read! But if your goal is cheap arousal, or getting the "inside story" on strip clubs, don't bother. You're not going to learn any secret signs or code words that can lead to a date with your favorite stripper. If you're a woman that wonders about a life on this particular stage (or lap), you probably stand an equal chance of being encouraged or dissuaded by Lily's experiences. But if you want to be entertained by a writer with the ability to phrase her observations and experience into an enjoyable format, this one of the better choices you can make.

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