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No man's land : a memoir

Author: Ruth Fowler
Publisher: New York : Viking Penguin, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Welsh-born, Cambridge-educated Fowler takes a cynical tone as she recreates her dizzying descent into New York's demimonde as a strip-club dancer. Assuming an alter ego she calls Mimi, a parasitical spirit, the author at age 26 arrived in New York to fill a void after graduating from Cambridge, then spent three years traveling around the world and working on boats as a chef. Back in Manhattan, she soon became one of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Case studies
Autobiographies
Named Person: Ruth Fowler; Ruth Fowler
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ruth Fowler
ISBN: 9780670019397 0670019399
OCLC Number: 175053925
Description: 265 pages ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Ruth Fowler.

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Welsh-born, Cambridge-educated Fowler takes a cynical tone as she recreates her dizzying descent into New York's demimonde as a strip-club dancer. Assuming an alter ego she calls Mimi, a parasitical spirit, the author at age 26 arrived in New York to fill a void after graduating from Cambridge, then spent three years traveling around the world and working on boats as a chef. Back in Manhattan, she soon became one of the nameless crowd of undocumented workers, though white and educated, unable to secure paid work in her field of journalism and finally landing a job as a waitress at a midtown strip joint, Foxy's. But dancing was where the big money was, especially luring customers into the private Champagne Room, and, as Mimi, she proved a canny, quick learner of the booze-and-drugs grind as well as a loyal sounding board to the other girls of varying nationalities ...

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