Sunday, February 17, 2013

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

I promised you strippers, so here you go. Diablo Cody is best known for writing the screenplay for Juno. Before that, she wrote this memoir about stripping in Minneapolis.

This is a very funny book with a lot of insight into the world of adult entertainment. Cody performs in a variety of places from topless clubs to nude clubs to peepshow booths. She doesn't fit the stripper stereotype of the abused-as-a-child, drug-addicted, surgically-enhanced slut, and neither do many of the women she works with (of course, this is Minnesota, which has a more wholesome reputation). Her attitude toward the industry is generally positive, though she does get tired of the work after a while. It's funny when she mentions thinking up a new stage name for herself... because Diablo is a perfect stripper name!

My only complaint about Candy Girl is that sometimes Cody overuses the thesaurus, trying too hard to be clever where simpler words would flow better.


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