Whip Smart: The True Story of a Secret Life

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St. Martin's Publishing Group, Jul 19, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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A dark, wild, powerful memoir about a young woman's transformation from college student to professional dominatrix

While a college student at The New School, Melissa Febos spent four years working as a dominatrix in a midtown dungeon. In poetic, nuanced prose she charts in Whip Smart how unchecked risk-taking eventually gave way to a course of self-destruction. But as she recounts crossing over the very boundaries that she set for her own safety, she never plays the victim. In fact, the glory of this memoir is Melissa's ability to illuminate the strange and powerful truths that she learned as she found her way out of a hell of her own making. Rest assured; the reader will emerge from the journey more or less unscathed.

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User Review  - satyridae - LibraryThing

The writing is decent, but the author's contempt and disgust with her chosen profession ruined the book entirely for me. I picked it up thinking I would be getting an autobiography of a dominatrix who ... Read full review

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User Review  - epersonae - LibraryThing

I'm torn about this book for a bunch of reasons (some of which are not appropriate for the internets) but mostly because she starts off with a nonchalant air of "oh I'm just a nice gal" and then ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Melissa Febos, author of Whip Smart, is co-curator and host of the Mixer Reading and Music Series. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, and teaches at SUNY Purchase College and The Gotham Writers' Workshop

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