Candy Girl by Diablo Cody
A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper

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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.


About Diablo Cody

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Diablo Cody is a freelance journalist and is currently the associate arts editor for City Pages, Minneapolis’s alternative weekly, where she writes articles on pop culture and film reviews. She’s working on three screenplays, one currently in production with Mandate Pictures, and two with Warner Bros.
Published December 29, 2005 by Gotham. 228 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Young Adult, Political & Social Sciences, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Although at the beginning and end of her book she strains too hard for the baroque, snarky tone of an overactive alt-weekly (Cody is currently an editor at Minneapolis’s City Pages), for the most part this is an honest and amusing memoir that trades in neither pathos nor down-and-out freakery.

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Attracted by a local bar's amateur stripping contest, Cody soon moved from stage stripping to lap dancing, from tableside to bedside customer service and, finally, peep-show sex.

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It’s honest, it’s mean-spirited, and it’s interesting.

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Of course, not everyone’s going to pick up a book about a stripper, and since she is who she is her fans *do* get her humor and references, but it still seems a bit over-reaching, like she’s trying really hard to show you how edgy and alternative she really is, from referring to her move from her...

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