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The Life of a Stripper: 50 Exotic Dancers Confess Their Personal Experiences in the Adult Entertainment Industry Paperback – Apr 1 2012

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  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Anamor (April 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0987997602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0987997609
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #815,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Romana Van Lissum, a native of Karvina, Czechoslovakia, has been a fixture of the exotic dance industry and community in Western Canada for over 17 years. She plans to continue in her current position as a server in a popular Greater Vancouver strip club for as long as possible. As an accomplished horsewoman and long-time animal lover, Van Lissum competes in 25 and 50 mile endurance rides and loves to spend as much time as possible training her horse on the trails near her home. Van Lissum is an advocate of treating all animals with kindness and respect. She also enjoys yoga, meditation, reading, travelling and spending time with her wonderful friends, her incredible husband of 21 years and her beautiful daughter, Kelsey. Van Lissum's first book is, "How To Be a Waitress and Make Big Tips."

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If you are someone who thinks all strippers are drugged up acholic, sex craved bimbo's you need to read this book. It's a fantastic collection of stories giving us an inside look at a group of diverse, intelligent, strong and brave women. Theses stories show us the many ways these women found to support themselves and their families. The reasons they do it and why they stay. We also hear about the crazy mishaps that make you laugh and cry for and with these women. You will read about the sock guy and other interesting patrons. If nothing else you will walk away from this book with a greater apprication for what these women do and maybe be a little less judgemental of them.
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If I ever thought this was an easy way to make a buck, i think my opinion has been forever changed. For one thing, you can't assume these girls just have this as their only dream. The beginnings of their careers are so diverse and the choices of why they stay are either so inspiring or disheartening. I found these stories interesting as how this industry is viewed by the general public and men in particular. I think a woman would have to be so courageous to dance naked in front of strangers for money and keep their dignity!!
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The Life of a Stripper by Romana Van Lissum Dec 2 2012
By A.G. Dow - Published on
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The Life of a Stripper by Romana Van Lissum, isn't a book I would typically choose to read, but after checking out some of the ratings and reviews for this story, and seeing they were almost all five star, I decided to give it a shot! Unfortunately, I will not be joining the others in giving this book two huge thumbs up. Now, I realize I previously stated this wasn't my usual kind of read but that had no influence on my rating or review. I just could not get myself interested in this book--At all!

The Life of a Stripper is a memoir; a behind the scenes look into the lives of 50 exotic dancers, sharing with us their stories in their own words. I've never had any preconceived notions about strippers, what they had been through or why they had chosen their profession. It's a job, sometimes a passion, and really, to each her own. However, this story is supposed to provide us all with an insight as to why these girls have chosen to go down this less than desirable path, telling of the tragedies and experiences they've lived through and so I couldn't help but be curious. Instead, the book seems to prove true to most dancer stereo-types, filling the pages with confessions of rampant drug use, broken homes, abusive relationships, and overall every day dysfunction. Granted there are a few women who have lived relatively happy and healthy lives, being brought up in a loving home with the support of friends and family, who have chosen this career simply because they enjoyed it. Kudos to them for having the confidence and drive to do what they love, but finding out that there were "normal" women working as exotic entertainers was not shocking, or news to me. Again, it's a job and the position is filled by many and all kinds.

I also wasn't a fan of how these confessions were collected. It reads like a questionaire, each story sharing the same set of specifics; What they can't leave home without, their worst on-stage experience, etc. I understand having the dancers fill out such a form, providing the author with enough material to fill the book, but I feel that the answers should have been jumbled a bit. Choose some to fill one story and then others for the next, this way we aren't stuck reading the same thing page after page. It got old very quickly and felt more impersonal than it should have.

I'm sure it sounds like I'm being overly picky, and harsher than need be, but I'm not. I read the book and promised to give an honest review, and this is it. I know there have been plenty of readers who have enjoyed this book, and I know there will be plenty more, but this just wasn't for me.
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Excellent book Nov. 26 2012
By Kris C - Published on
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I really enjoyed reading this book. It was very entertaining and kept my interest all the way through. Romana has done a wonderful job letting the rest of us see what life is really like for these girls. So many people have the wrong idea about this industry, so it is nice to have this out there. I think a lot of people could learn something from this book, like women thinking about persuing a career in the industry and also women who have significant others who go to the clubs. It has everything, a bit of humour, honesty, some sad stories and lots of suprises. Well done Romana, can't wait to read your next book!!!
Just when I thought I knew everything! Nov. 22 2012
By Sharon S - Published on
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Well I must say I was pleasantly surprised by this book! I have never been to a strip club or knew much about the "secret" industry.

The "Life of a Stripper" gives us the real goods of what goes on in the Entertainment Industry. I basically knew it was big business and big $$ and always thought of it as a place that brought guys together and sleezy women. Not so, the women are from all areas of life mothers, daughters, friends and in my opinion they are very smart. They make great money for the amount of time and effort. Their schedules are flexible allowing them to be in school, travel or be a stay at home mom. Who doesn't want more time or more money?

Romana does a great job explaining the business as it is, a business. She shows that it is like a family, everyone looks out for one another a place where regulars feel at home. It's about building relationships and friendships making money and having fun.

I think the public perception is skewed. Or mine was anyway. I would like to thank Romana for educating me in a field that I knew nothing about. We have a local "club" in our area and now when I drive by I am reminded of the business and how this industry helps so many women and in turn so many men. Business is always great when it's a WIN/WIN!

Enjoy the book, it's a must read!
Take a Peek... Sept. 27 2012
By Leanne Vassberg - Published on
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Catch a glimpse into the private lives of 50 young ladies who display all for money! Read about how they all come from different backgrounds - from the girl next door to the one from the 'wrong side of the tracks'. They all have the same things in common most of us do - they want to make a good living, raise their families and follow their own hopes and dreams. Romana has done extensive research on this project and draws on her years of experience working with these fascinating women, documenting their life stories and listening to both the sad, shocking and happy tales they had to tell. The format is easy to read as each chapter emcompasses a new biography, told from each girl's point of view. Enjoy!
The ultimate good read! Sept. 5 2012
By Katherine Blackwell - Published on
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Once again she's done it again! Romana Van Lissum has published her second book... This time.. a little more daring.
After reading her first book, "How To Be a Waitress and Make Big Tips", I was excited to hear she was coming out with a second book, "The Life of a Stripper". So many are curious to know what goes on in the life of stripper and the fact the Romana interviewed these women, and was never actually a dancer herself, brings more of an unbiased perspective. Some of the stories are quite shocking,however, Romana does a good job reminding us this is reality!

Thanks again!
Can't wait for the next one!