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Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper

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ISBN13: 9781592402731
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Decreed by David Letterman (tongue in cheek) on CBS TV's "The Late Show" to be the pick of "Dave's Book Club 2006," Candy Girl is the story of a young writer who dared to bare it all as a stripper. At the age of twenty-four, Diablo Cody decided there had to be more to life than typing copy at an ad agency. She soon managed to find inspiration from a most unlikely source? amateur night at the seedy Skyway Lounge. While she doesn't take home the prize that night, Diablo discovers to her surprise the act of stripping is an absolute thrill.

This is Diablo's captivating fish-out-of-water story of her yearlong walk on the wild side, from quiet gentlemen's clubs to multilevel sex palaces and glassed-in peep shows. In witty prose she gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at this industry through a writer's keen eye, chronicling her descent into the skin trade and the effect it had on her self-image and her relationship with her now husband.

Review:

"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. Agent, Paula Balzer. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Cody's prose snaps like a garter belt. She tosses around metaphors like a bachelor with a roll of singles....For those of us who have stared, transfixed, from a distance, wondering how the air is up there, Candy Girl is a bracing lungful." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"Even if Candy Girl lays bare some not-so-sweet realities of the city's seedier side, this highly readable, hard-gyrating memoir will heat up a few frigid January nights." Minneapolis Star Tribune

Review:

"Diablo Cody is to stripping what Chuck Klosterman is to pop culture and Sarah Vowell is to American history....Candy Girl is fiendishly funny, muscle-car fast, and frighteningly...accurate." Lily Burana, author of Strip City: A Stripper's Farewell Journey Across America

Synopsis:

Decreed by David Letterman to be the pick of "Dave's Book Club 2006," Candy Girl is the story of a young writer who dares to bare it all as a stripper.

Synopsis:

Decreed by David Letterman (tongue in cheek) on CBS TV’s The Late Show to be the pick of “Dave’s Book Club 2006,” Candy Girl is the story of a young writer who dared to bare it all as a stripper. At the age of twenty-four, Diablo Cody decided there had to be more to life than typing copy at an ad agency. She soon managed to find inspiration from a most unlikely source— amateur night at the seedy Skyway Lounge. While she doesn’t take home the prize that night, Diablo discovers to her surprise the act of stripping is an absolute thrill.

This is Diablo’s captivating fish-out-of-water story of her yearlong walk on the wild side, from quiet gentlemen’s clubs to multilevel sex palaces and glassed-in peep shows. In witty prose she gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at this industry through a writer’s keen eye, chronicling her descent into the skin trade and the effect it had on her self-image and her relationship with her now husband.

About the Author

Diablo Cody is a freelance journalist and is currently the associate arts editor for City Pages, Minneapolis' alternative weekly. Her now defunct website, The Pussy Ranch, scored over one million page views in its seventeen-month run, garnering acclaim from The Village Voice, among others. Her first screenplay, Juno, is being produced by Mandate Pictures, and she has two other screenplays in development with Warner Brothers.

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lukas, March 5, 2008 (view all comments by lukas)
Now that she's a big shot, Oscar winning screenwriter (heavens to blog!), check out Diablo Cody (not, unfortunately, her real name) in her stripper days. Did you know she used to be a stripper? Color me a sea monkey! This amusing and charming memoir details her year in the flesh trade, which is a natural segue into Hollywood. Diablo means devil, by the way.
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Julia Callahan, February 16, 2008 (view all comments by Julia Callahan)
Anthropological stripping is Diablo Cody's chosen profession, or it was before she became a big hit screenwriter. Quirky wit that she's becoming known for makes this book an absolute pleasure to read. She's fearless in what she'll discuss. She obviously is very ambivalent about the actual profession of stripping and its implications for women, but she has utmost respect for her fellow strippers...just don't call it exotic dancing. It's not hard to see why she's making waves in Hollywood...and why she's soon to win a little gold statue.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781592402731
Author:
Cody, Diablo
Publisher:
Gotham Books
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Dancers
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Stripteasers.
Subject:
Stripteasers - United States
Subject:
Cody, Diablo
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20070131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.98x5.26x.60 in. .42 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 224 pages Gotham Books - English 9781592402731 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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. Agent, Paula Balzer. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Cody's prose snaps like a garter belt. She tosses around metaphors like a bachelor with a roll of singles....For those of us who have stared, transfixed, from a distance, wondering how the air is up there, Candy Girl is a bracing lungful."
"Review" by , "Even if Candy Girl lays bare some not-so-sweet realities of the city's seedier side, this highly readable, hard-gyrating memoir will heat up a few frigid January nights."
"Review" by , "Diablo Cody is to stripping what Chuck Klosterman is to pop culture and Sarah Vowell is to American history....Candy Girl is fiendishly funny, muscle-car fast, and frighteningly...accurate."
"Synopsis" by , Decreed by David Letterman to be the pick of "Dave's Book Club 2006," Candy Girl is the story of a young writer who dares to bare it all as a stripper.
"Synopsis" by ,
Decreed by David Letterman (tongue in cheek) on CBS TV’s The Late Show to be the pick of “Dave’s Book Club 2006,” Candy Girl is the story of a young writer who dared to bare it all as a stripper. At the age of twenty-four, Diablo Cody decided there had to be more to life than typing copy at an ad agency. She soon managed to find inspiration from a most unlikely source— amateur night at the seedy Skyway Lounge. While she doesn’t take home the prize that night, Diablo discovers to her surprise the act of stripping is an absolute thrill.

This is Diablo’s captivating fish-out-of-water story of her yearlong walk on the wild side, from quiet gentlemen’s clubs to multilevel sex palaces and glassed-in peep shows. In witty prose she gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at this industry through a writer’s keen eye, chronicling her descent into the skin trade and the effect it had on her self-image and her relationship with her now husband.

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