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Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper Paperback – December 28, 2006
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Why, you might ask, would a healthy, college-educated young woman start stripping for a living, when she could work in a nice, clean office? Cody, now an arts editor for Minneapolis's alternative weekly, had spent her whole life (all 24 years) "choking on normalcy, decency and Jif sandwiches with the crusts amputated." When she moved from Chicago to Minnesota to live with the new boyfriend she'd found on the "World Wide Waste of Time," she took a job at an ad agency—a setup with good "porn shui" (desk well angled for undetected online porn surfing) but not much else. Attracted by a local bar's amateur stripping contest, Cody soon moved from stage stripping to lap dancing, from tableside to bedside customer service and, finally, peep-show sex. Removing her clothes and dry-humping strangers in sex clubs had become her way of escaping premature respectability. Quite inexplicably, her boyfriend was completely cool with her new occupation, even joining her on occasional sex jaunts. When the inevitable burnout set in, Cody switched to phone sex, until that, too, got old, and the 9-to-5 straight world beckoned. Cody's so alarmingly entertaining, readers will wish the book were longer, though they'll be glad it ends before anything really ugly happens.
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A copy typist by day in Minnesota, Cody was hardly a likely candidate for entering an amateur stripping contest. But her curiosity got the best of her and, encouraged by her boyfriend, enter she did. The contest left her with an increased curiosity about the profession, and Cody decided to take an evening job stripping at Schieks, a local club. There Cody learns the ins and outs of stripping--how to catch a client's attention, how much the house takes, how some nights are highly profitable and others leave a stripper in debt to the club. Eventually Cody outgrows Schieks and moves on to Deja Vu, a bigger club that's much faster paced. A promotion at her day job forces her to give up stripping temporarily, but before long she's back in the adult entertainment business, this time stripping behind glass in an emporium. Cody's lively romp through the adult entertainment business is bound to appeal to those wanting a peek inside the inner workings of the sex industry. Kristine Huntley
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She speaks frankly in a casual tone as if she is speaking to her best friend. She writes with incredible knack for detail, it's very vivid reading. It is an easy read and doesn't use crazy unusual industry slang or terms without explaining them (and then it is still used seldom). I actually have to write my final paper on this book and I've never been so excited to write a final paper for a class (and I'm a senior in college). It's gonna be a fun and entertaining paper to write based on her fabulous book. I can't say enough good things about it.
LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE IT. Every liberated, free thinking, crazy story seeking person should read it. Pure enjoyment!
Goes through the experiences at differnet clubs and how they work. Talks about names gals use, back-stage in-fighting and the way the managers treat the gals. Also about the VIP. She ends up doing 'Girl in a Box' and reports on the oddities involved in that.
She gets back into dancing but after a year of the sex industry work she has had enough and gets out. Similar to Bare: The Naked Truth About Stripping (Live Girls) as she is a middle-class gal who is a writer who it appears decides to dance and then write about it and gets a book deal. I did laugh a bit, she is a wordsmith and witty. Her boyfriend is very supportive, sounds like a good guy.
I have never been to a strip club in Minnesota, and for that matter, it has been years since I have been to one at all. Not that I am prudish….they just do not do that much for me. I find the cover charges ridiculous and the drinks over priced (I don't drink alcohol, so I'm talking about a soft drink). I did go to a few clubs when I was a lot younger, but even that was fairly infrequently.
From my limited experiences with strip clubs, this seems to be a pretty unlikely story. It doesn't sound like any of the clubs I have been to, nor does it sound all that realistic.
Overall, an interesting read, and enjoyable, but it needs to be taken with several grains of salt.
The book seemed hastily edited, but served its unique purpose quite well.
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