Heidi Mattson successfully united sex and scholarship to realize a '90s version of the American Dream by becoming a smart, sassy, self-confident stripper while attending Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Intelligent and ambitious, she grew up in small-town Maine, and her whole town applauded when Brown accepted her. But school and living expenses carried a high price tag - one she couldn't meet by waiting tables and cleaning houses. A chance ad brought her to The Foxy Lady, a strip club in Providence not far from campus. Swearing she would stay only as long as she didn't feel compromised, she soon became one of the club's top attractions. In this engrossing story, Mattson tells us how she did it, how it felt to strip, how it affected her life, and about her peers, colleagues, and the men who frequented the strip clubs. Her story sets the record straight about the world of stripping, a world that she describes with candor, affection, and warmth.
Stripping for tuition isn't just a joke: it's the best possible way to solve a big financial problem, as many college undergrads like Heidi Mattson have discovered. In Mattson's autobiography, Ivy League Stripper, narrator Anna Lathrop takes listeners on-stage at the strip club, allowing them to experience what it's like to doff clothes for cash. Beginning from Mattson's stable childhood and culminating in her graduation from Brown, Ivy League Stripper provides a well-rounded picture of a driven young woman who made a practical choice - to show a little skin to ensure she made the grade.
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I really did not find this an interesting read. I purchased the book because I also went to college in Providence and heard stories about the Foxy Lady. Unfortunately nothing really resonated with me once I started listening. The narrator had a and older, posh sounding voice which made me less interested as well since I was hoping the story would be more like listening from the perspective of someone who was actually in college.