A Stripper's Farewell Journey Across America
By (author) Lily Burana
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Strip City by Lily Burana
Lily Burana accepts a marriage proposal - but first decides to strip her way from Florida to Alaska before settling down. An eighteen-year-old dropout when she first entered the world of exotic dancing, Lily, now a successful journalist, looks at stripping with a writer's perspective, open to the paradoxes and challenges that face exotic dancers. She takes the stage name of Barbie Faust and strips her way across the country. Her funny but hard-edged memoir describes funky clubs and off-beat characters, the exhilaration that overtakes a dancer on stage - and the darker realities that assail her when she's out of the spotlight.
'Burana has enormous talents as a writer... she exposes herself with pride, style and a great sense of humour' PUBLISHING WEEKLY 'Remarkably well-done: a complex and warm insider's take on a booming industry' KIRKUS REVIEWS 'She is frank and funny and very good company. Her candid, juicy, streetwise prose rolls along merrily and, sometimes, heartbreakingly' NEW YORK TIMES 'A stylish and candid account.' HOT STARS This insider's guide to the world of stripping is ferociously well written' DAILY MAILISBN: 9781860499340
Classification: Autobiography: general
Format: Paperback (198mm x 126mm x mm)
Imprint: Virago Press Ltd
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 4-Apr-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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UK Kirkus Review » If you've ever wanted to know what it's like to be a strip dancer, and why strippers do it, this memoir will enlighten you. We meet Burana in mid-strip, emblazoning a Playboy bunny motif on her midriff under the tanning lights. A stripper when she first left home, she then established a career in journalism but has now decided to spend a year back in the world of exotic dance, travelling right across the States. The reason? Her boyfriend in Wyoming's just proposed marriage, and she feels a need to revisit her past, lay it to rest and patch up 'gaps in [my] consciousness you could drive a truck through'. She feels 'called by some inner voice' to go on her own bachelorette odyssey - and so she embarks with the permission, if not the blessing, of her fiance Randy. Her first challenge is to choose a name to work under: she settles on Barbie Faust - after all, 'What's blonder than Barbie?'. Next, she goes to 'stripper school' in Florida to tighten up her moves. This leads to some amusing moments, such as when she learns to use a pole on stage. '"Uh...," I say, trying to cross one leg over the other way up there. I'm suddenly aware that I'm wearing nothing but heels, a thong and a torn-up old bra. I look at myself in the mirror and try not to wince at the range of cellulite puckering up where my thighs strain against the pole.... I lean back and the skin on my inner thighs makes a terrible noise - squeeeeee - against the pole as I slide slowly down.' Burana spares none of the detail, but it's layered up in such a breezy, acute manner that, rather than being depressed by the seediness, you're drawn into applauding her courage and curiosity. In her deft tackling of themes such as identity, loyalty, and why men really go to strip clubs, Burana has written an account that's both educational and entertaining. (Kirkus UK)
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Book Review: Strip City by Lily Burana - Reviewed by Bernie (11 Jul 2011)
Review Written by Bernie Weisz, Historian, Pembroke Pines, Fl USA contact: BernWei1@aol.com If you don't know what that means, don't feel bad! Neither did I, when first reading Lily's Burana's explanation in her book "Strip City" of what brought her into stripping in the first place. Ostensibly written as a memoir/catharsis prior to her marriage, Lily Burana wrote "Strip City" as part of her personal process to bid the world of stripping permanently goodbye. But prior to saying her marriage vows, she decided to keep a "farewell journal" as Burana for the last time stripped her way from Florida to Alaska, in her last fling with the profession after a five year hiatus. What is Lily Burana's opinion on why some men visit strip clubs? Her explanation is as follows: "I suspect the fascination is a testosterone thing. I recall reading an interview with a female to male transsexual who said that once she started taking the male hormones, she understood...
Lily Burana has written for The New York Times Book Review, GQ, New York magazine and The Village Voice. She lives in Wyoming and New York State.
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