I just finished reading This Is My Real Name by Cid V. Brunet.
The electric and intimate memoir of a person who spent ten years as a stripper.
This Is My Real Name is the memoir of Cid V Brunet, who spent ten years working as a dancer at strip clubs, using the name Michelle. From her very first lap dance in a small-town bar to her work at high-end clubs, Michelle learns she must follow the unspoken rules that will allow her to succeed in the competitive industry. Along the way, she and her co-workers encounter compelling clients and unreasonable bosses and navigate their own relationships to drugs and alcohol. Michelle and her friends rely on each other's camaraderie and strength in an industry that can be both toxic and deeply rewarding.
Intensely personal, This Is My Real Name demystifies stripping as a career with great respect and candour, while at the same time exploring the complex, sex-positive relationships (queer and otherwise) that make it meaningful.
Cid V. Brunet is brutally honest in telling the story of her life. I never felt she held back or left anything out. It must have been very hard for her to relive some of the moments as she wrote. Many parts of the book are quite emotional. I love how she never apologizes for the life she led or took any time to feel sorry for herself.
I really enjoyed this book and found her life outside the clubs as compelling to read as her work inside. A book definitely worth reading.
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