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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (81 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ruth Fowler Narrator: Ruth Fowler Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“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 America 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.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tina | 6/8/2013

    " Amazingly well written. Slightly more vulgar than I would have liked, but that goes with the topic. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Rosemary | 4/22/2013

    " What a hack. Entertaining just for the bad writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Tracey | 2/3/2013

    " Adult nonfiction/memoir. A stripper tells all, but rambles a bit in the process. Fowler is a writer that turned to stripping when she couldn't get work (due to visa problems)--she comes off as one of those bad spoken word poets sometimes--loves to rant, hear herself speak. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Devon | 4/14/2012

    " Pretentious. "

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