From Publishers Weekly
From a working-class family, Mattson was seriously in debt after two years at Brown University, where she wanted to remain to achieve her dream?an Ivy League education. Having tried her hand at a series of jobs that still left her unable to make ends meet, she took a shot at stripping, which, she quickly discovered, generated enough income to finance her education and then some. Moreover, she asserts, this career, which she embarked on with some trepidation, proved to be immensely empowering: drawing on the work of Camille Paglia, Mattson argues that men's desire for the female body empowers women who exploit this. While not all readers may agree with her version of gender politics, Mattson's account of how she negotiated an often bizarrely disjunctive double life during her remaining time at Brown is interesting and inspirational, and her commentary on the worlds between which she moved is clear-eyed and astute. Photos not seen by PW.
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Heidi Mattson was determined to go to Brown University. But the $22,000 per year to attend was a trip to the moon for her struggling, blue-collar family. Yet nothing could stop Bucksport High's spitfire valedictorian from claiming her dream and her Brown diploma. After two tough years cramming odd jobs between classes, three years on leave cleaning houses, and a terrifying brush with breast cancer, the fresh-faced coed entered the sex industry as a topless stripper -- and discovered a hidden power that turned her into a "top girl" overnight. Facing the ridicule of her wealthy Brown peers and their strident political correctness with dignity and courage, Heidi's ultimate hurdle was yet to come: could she reveal her double life to her loving parents after years of deception? Ivy League Stripper is the compelling, poignant, outrageous, and true story of one woman's extraordinary education and adventure in the rarefied worlds of the Ivy League college coed and the topless dancer. -- Midwest Book Review
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