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No Man's Land by Ruth Fowler
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No Man's Land

by Ruth Fowler

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Despite my love of memoirs in general, and ones dealing with sexuality, etc. in particular, I didn't enjoy this memoir a great deal for two reasons. The first reason is that I didn't like her style of writing - I found it chaotic and difficult to follow at times. The second reason is much more personal and much more subjective: while I could understand her suffering, I wonder if she's unaware that her life was a mess (that is, she was unhappy and engaging in behavior that made her even more so) before she started stripping. ( )
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First song, dress on…

“It sounds like an obvious statement when I say that girls don’t grow up wanting to be strippers, but you’d be surprised. Most people – civilians that is – seem to think that even in the cradle we were wrapping ourselves around a greasy pole and grinding our hips to Britney Spears.…When we get drunk the regrets come out. ‘I’m a good girl, really I am,’ sighs one. She takes a drag of her cigarette and I think to myself, I’m not a good girl. Not really. Not anymore. But I sure as hell would like to be.”

With forty-three countries, twelve boats, dozens of flights, a fistful of “life experience” behind her and a lot of ambition fueling her dreams, twenty-five-year old Ruth Fowler arrives in New York City. A Brit with a Cambridge degree and a middle-class background, she doesn’t think it will be too hard to start a new life. But getting a work visa in post-9/11 U.S.A. proves to be tricky, and to kick-start a writing career, Fowler starts documenting her experiences. She funds her efforts with cash-in-hand jobs and a stint writing for The Village Voice, but it doesn’t take long for funds and hope to run out – sending her to the heart of Manhattan's dark underbelly, the strip clubs and “Champagne Rooms” of Times Square. As “Mimi,” she has a chance of survival. But when this persona threatens to consume every vestige of Fowler’s identity, when her life spirals out of control and her true self remains so deeply buried that it seems impossible to resurrect, relying on “Mimi” seems like the biggest mistake she has ever made. No Man’s Land is a shocking, raw account about losing identity—and finding it again.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:13:32 -0400)

"No man's land" documents the author's embrace of an alternate personality in her efforts to experience a more adventurous and uninhibited life, describing her travels throughout the world, reckless stint as a Times Square exotic dancer, and relationship with a wealthy young Englishman.… (more)

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