The Last of the Live Nude Girls: A Memoir

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Soft Skull Press, Aug 9, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
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In the last of Times Square’s peep shows, a man pays $40 to watch a girl strip naked behind glass. These institutions, left over from the days when 42nd Street was the vicious center of vice, will soon disappear completely from a rapidly gentrifying New York City, their stories lost forever. Yet, the story of the peeps is too interesting and too vital to the history of Times Square not to be told.

In The Last of the Live Nude Girls, Sheila McClear pulls back the curtain back on the little-documented world of the peep shows and their history. A late bloomer from the Midwest, McClear became a stripper in the peeps after finding herself adrift in New York. But after-dark Times Square seeped into her blood, and she ended up staying much longer than she imagined. The story she tells is not just of her own coming-of-age—nor is it one of sex and vice and salaciousness. Rather, it is a redemptive narrative of modern life on the fringes of society in New York City.

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Sheila McClear is a staff reporter for the New York Post who spent nearly two years working in the last live-girl peep shows in Times Square after she moved to New York from Detroit in 2006. Her writing has also appeared on

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