By Stacey Keith
STRIPPED DOWN: a unadorned Memoir is a glance again at a surreal global saved conscientiously hidden from public view. This chronicle of lifestyles within the epidermis exchange follows the meteoric upward push of Stacey Keith, a lady scarcely out of her young people whose eye-popping resources release her from rainy T-shirt contests to the catwalks of Houston, strip bar capital of the realm. nearly in a single day, she is stumbled on via a recognized porn famous person, who Svengalis her onto the pages of Playboy, Penthouse, and dozens of different men’s magazines. whereas strutting her stuff onstage and around the kingdom, Stacey makes the fateful determination to go to Hollywood. She’s obtained every thing a woman may perhaps wish: reputation, consciousness, unending piles of cash...but no concept what awaits her. With net porn overtaking men’s magazines, each person from her Mafia-boss street supervisor to her smarmy expertise agent pressures Stacey to do greater than simply flash her flesh. Uber-boob filmmaker Russ Meyer verbally abuses her; rocker Don Henley attempts to exploit her. but via all of it, from the warped misogyny of Playboy to the S&M dungeons of the Pacific Palisades, Stacey’s darkish, self-deprecating humor will go away you guffawing, crying and rooting for her at each step of ways.
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Or the heat of my children’s little our bodies as they burrowed underneath my covers on a Sunday morning. Bearing witness to those fleeting circumstances is a purity of happiness no quantity of public applause may give me. Zack is packing my magazines away in a cardboard field. I relish the care he places into it and beauty if i'm going to ever glance that stable back. Deftly, he wraps the field in a cocoon of sealing tape, like a time tablet, one i'm going to regularly have combined emotions approximately. whilst every little thing is kept within the U-Haul, he and that i sit down at the balcony. I ask if he desires to go online one final time prior to we head out. “No,” he says thoughtfully. “I don't have any goal of claiming so long. ” “What? i assumed you have been ok with this. have you ever replaced your brain? ” “It’s no longer that. i glance at our relo again to Houston no longer as a starting or an finish, yet a continuation. I’ll deliver our son at some point. We’ll surf. I’ll inform him approximately our existence right here. ” We lock the condominium, drop the most important off downstairs, and head east on 1-10. i will be able to see the Santa Monica pier getting smaller and smaller in my side-view reflect. In a manner, the pier is emblematic of all of Southern California, tawdry and vibrant, promoting you a dream. the infant kicks. I position one hand on my tummy to appease him. My middle swells as I hearken to the murmur of the radio and the whine of the tires. jointly we pace alongside the street going domestic. in regards to the writer Stacey Keith is a multi-award profitable bestselling writer and time Golden middle nominee. In her prior incarnation as a men’s journal version, she used to be the main photographed conceal woman and centerfold of the mid Nineteen Nineties, a notoriety she parlayed into B-movie roles, characteristic Performances, and days off to ideal her writing sort. on the soft age of twelve, she performed hooky from institution for 6 weeks so she might whole her first novel, a ancient fiction approximately growing old despot Henry VIII and his youngster bride who misplaced her head over one other guy. actually. An avid author of fiction, nonfiction, brief tales and poetry, Stacey refuses to possess a tv, yet reads compulsively—and might, in reality, move bonkers with no her books—of which there are lots to be present in her condo. She now lives in Houston, Texas, along with her teenage son and daughter, cats, mountains of laundry, and a fondness for educating weightlifting, Pilates and Yoga.