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

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Penguin, Dec 29, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
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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.


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User Review  - joeydag - LibraryThing

I had seen Diablo Cody at Cinequest a few years ago after her screenplay, "Juno" had been so successful. The interview with her at the California Theatre was very well attended, I'd guess almost 1,000 ... Read full review

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User Review  - LynleyS - LibraryThing

Stripping comes across as just as unpleasant as I thought it was, only possibly worse. Who walks away from a night-shift possibly owning rather than earning? There's a chapter you should skip if you ... Read full review


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About the author (2005)

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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