About the Book

For 17 years (and counting), Romana Van Lissum has been a cocktail waitress in a popular Vancouver strip club. In between slinging brews and burgers, Romana decided to get some answers to the questions we all want to know about exotic dancers. As a fixture in the industry, Van Lissum has the unique position to capture the stories of three generations of strippers both working and retired in a candid, confessional style.

The stories range from drug addiction, sexual abuse, psycho boyfriends, crooked clubs, and prostitution to homelessness, porn, and hustling. Van Lissum has collected 50 true stories from BC’s top feature entertainers, from the heartbreaking to the glamorous; from the legendary to the comedic. The Life of a Stripper gives a vivid glimpse into the mystery of exotic dancers.

Welcome to the inside view of the world of exotic dancing. Get ready to find out the secrets, mechanics and drive behind the beautiful women that take their clothes off for a living.

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