The Life of a Stripper: 50 Exotic Dancers Confess Their Personal Experiences in the Adult Entertainment Industry Paperback – Apr 17 2012
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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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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.
Most of them have family including husbands and children. This book in no way glamorized the life of a stripper, instead gives an honest look at the positive and the negative side of this career choice.
I initially thought that this book would be adult in content, but I was pleasantly surprised to find it was well written and wrought with interesting antidotes and positive advice and warnings.
I like the in dept look into the world of exotic dancing that the book provided, I also liked the stripper etiquette the author provided. Some how I think it will never make it to the hands of those who actually patronize such establishments. For those of you who are unaware of common terminology in the stripper industry the author also provided a glossary of terms. The book became a little boring and repetitious toward the end. I think I would have like it more if the questions were varied with each dancer instead of the same information being provided for everyone. With all of that said I gave the book three and half stars. More variety would have made the book more interesting and pushed it to a four.
This book given free for review.
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!