Candy Girl

Candy Girl

A Year in the Life of An Unlikely Stripper

Book - 2006
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Full of insight and wit, Candy Girl is the seductive memoir of a young woman who dared to bare it all as a stripper
Diablo Cody was twenty-four years old when she decided there had to be more to life than typing copy at an ad agency. On a whim, she signed up for amateur night at Minneapolisas seedy Skyway Lounge. She didnat win a prize that night, but she discovered that stripping delivered a rush she had never experienced before, and too many experiences to not write about it. While she didnat fit the ordinary profile of a stripperashe had a supportive boyfriend, was equal parts brainpower and beauty, was from a good family, and was out to do a little soul searchingashe soon immersed herself in this enticing life full-time. In Candy Girl, Diablo tells the captivating fish-out-of-water story of her yearlong walk on the wild side. In witty prose she gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at this industry through a writeras keen eye, from quiet gentlemenas clubs to multi-level sex palaces, with all of her wry observations along the way. Some of her discoveries? Blondes make more money; it takes a pro to master The Pole; and while the girls wield much sway over the customers, in reality the power is totally out of their hands. Eventually, the lucrative skin trade began to drain Diablo emotionally, but her foray into this world had a profound and, surprisingly, positive effect. Funny and fascinating, Candy Girl is a seductive treat.
Diablo Cody is to stripping what Chuck Klosterman is to pop culture and Sarah Vowell is to American History--an off-kilter visionary cynical enough to trust and talented enough to blister all that her mighty pen touches. Candy Girl isfiendishly funny, muscle car fast, and frighteningly--and I do mean frighteningly--accurate. Lock up your daughters and get your lighters in the air, for Candy Girl proves Ms. Diablo to be a writer of rock star calibre.
--Lily Burana, author, STRIP CITY: A Stripper's Farewell Journey Across America
Publisher: New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Gotham Books, c2006.
ISBN: 9781592401826
1592401821
9781592402731
1592402739
Characteristics: 212 p. ;,22 cm.

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SPPL_János Mar 15, 2018

A revelatory look at the working conditions on the Minneapolis strip club scene, and the factors that drew an educated, stable feminist into its intoxicating blur. Cody is a natural at wry humor and clever turns of phrase. And since she won an Oscar (Best Original Screenplay for "Juno"), you don't have to read her book furtively.

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ryner
Jun 23, 2017

When a young, college-educated woman with a perfectly respectable if uninspiring office job in Minneapolis decides, on a whim, to enter the "amateur night" contest at a local strip club, it unexpectedly leads to a year of awkward, amusing, strange and empowering experiences in gentlemen's clubs, from the seedy to the high-end. Largely fluff, this proved a good fit for my vacation reading.

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leafslowe
Dec 14, 2011

A different perspective of the lifestyle of a stripper. Interesting in that sense.

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tedrich2921
May 09, 2008

As any true Minnesotan would say, "Now, THAT's interesting!" This probably won't make your book club list, but it is undeniably witty and well-written. Diablo Cody is a gifted writer and the book gives you great insights into some of the more down-and-dirty places of Minneapolis. You know you shouldn?t look, but it?s irresistible. No wonder the woman won an Academy Award. If you aren?t easily shocked or offended, this book is a great read.

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liberalhatter
Feb 25, 2007

surprisingly dirty, but interesting. i never knew exactly what stippers do...

i thought it would be a story of degradation and regret, but instead it was a pro-stripper book. i was surprised but couldn't put it down.

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