Magic Gardens: The Memoirs of Viva Las Vegas

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A Midwest preacher's daughter with a fabulous academic pedigree, Viva could have chosen any career, but chose to become a stripper. This personalized tour of her milieu offers a unique perspective on a thriving industry that is largely condemned or ignored, while painting portraits of women who are passionate, smart, and entrepreneurial. With language that is at turns gritty and glorious, she preaches new paradigms regarding the sex industry and the women who work in it. Part coming-of-age story, part Portland (Oregon) love letter, Magic Gardens appeals to diverse audiences worldwide. It s a magical tale that makes a valiant case for following one's dreams, whatever they may be.

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Viva Las Vegas has been a force in the arts for over a decade, performing on stage as a stripper and as a singer, appearing on several TV shows and in more than a dozen films, and writing and interviewing for publications both local and national. Born in the Midwest and educated at Williams College in Massachusetts, her unusual resume includes Paranoid Park and First Kiss (films by Gus Van Sant); The Auteur (a 2008 James Westby film); and articles in the New York Times, Village Voice, Portland Monthly, and Exotic Magazine. In addition, her Portland band, Coco Cobra and the Killers, has recorded two albums, and she is frequently interviewed as a spokesperson for strippers.

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"This book is pure Viva." --Gus Van Sant, filmmaker, MILK

"Hers is the classic American tale of wanderlust, updated for the 21st Century.... In the sea of memoirs...Viva's story is an island." --Andrei Codrescu, author, Jealous Witness: New Poems

Seeing life through this broad's eyes is a strange and beautiful blessing the likes of which words bring." --Nick Tosches, journalist & author, King of the Jews

"Magic Gardens is no mere memoir--all snap, verve, and eloquence, it is the how-to manifesto of a Diva of the Demimonde, and a love song to life on the shady side." --Katherine Dunn, author, Geek Love --Provided by Dame Rocket Press

Hers is the classic American tale of wanderlust, updated for the 21st Century.... In the sea of memoirs...Viva s story is an island. --Andrei Codrescu, author, Jealous Witness: New Poems

Seeing life through this broad s eyes is a strange and beautiful blessing the likes of which words bring. --Nick Tosches, journalist & author, King of the Jews

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