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The Bunny Years: The Surprising Inside Story of the Playboy Clubs: The Women Who Worked as Bunnies and Where They Are Now

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A remarkable range of bright and ambitious women launched their careers while working as Playboy Bunnies. Kathryn Leigh Scott's memoir is based on over 250 interviews with former Bunnies and her own recollections of working in the New York Club while studying to be an actress.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 15th 1999 by Pomegranate Press (first published 1998)
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Nostalgic easy, name dropping read. It was a fair and accurate detailing from the mouths of the women who lived and/or worked within Playboy clubs as Playboy Bunnies. Most of the stories are from the original groups in New York and Chicago during the mid-1960's. The costuming methods, rules and training were especially interesting. Overall there was just too much reference and following of the few Bunnies, like Gloria Steinem, who worked for very short periods of time, did it for investigative r ...more
My only regret is that the book stops just a little before the last club shuts down (later others are reopened). It would have been a nice ellipsis to follow it from start to end. As a former bunny myself I can testify that this really gives the most honest assessment of the experience - no othe rinterview or article I have EVER read had EVER approached the reality.
How did I come to read this book? It was on a list of unexpected feminist books, regarding exploitation of women. I found it to be very anthropological, as in it was written ethnographically, with accounts from the women on their own real experiences. I would say that I was surprised there wasn't much criticism from behind the scenes, as that would have sold well. The main conflicts recorded seem to have been along the lines of the bunnies protesting, sure, but remarkably one incident was about ...more
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its sort of a big middle finger to gloria steinhem
Sep 18, 2011 Brittany rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People interested in the 1960s
How I Came To Read This Book: The lovely people at Simon & Schuster sent me a copy so I could review it for an upcoming issue of SANDBOX. It was originally published over a decade ago, but has been updated with a new forward by Hugh Hefner to reflect the new NBC show that's debuting tomorrow.

The Plot: Kathryn Leigh Scott is an actress that once worked as a Playboy Bunny during the peak of the New York club's operations in the 1960s. During her days there she worked alongside feminist Gloria
SUPER fun accounts of working at the Playboy Clubs. Much of this book was a 'where are they now' style collection from various starlets, and a notably absent commentary is one from Gloria Steinham. In fact, this book seems to almost be in response to her famous account of her own few days as a Bunny. Rather than falling into her exploitation paradigm, these women are grateful for the experience (and money) they got from their time at the Clubs.

Many of these women formed lifelong friendships and
Cassandra Javier
This was an enjoyable read. I came across this book at a thrift bookstore and I thought, why not? I always like reading about days gone by. This is entertaining, enjoyable and yeah, it was good. Easy read.
This book was an eye opener!! I absolutely loved it!! If you have never read it, don't put it off any longer!!! Cudos to the Bunnys who worked so hard and got such a bad rap!! Amazing job, Kathryn!!
Jan 03, 2013 Andy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: owned
Loved the insights into what it was like in the beginning all the way to the end from the very women who lived it!!!
Boris Raul Ibanez
Great book,fun book to read, made me wish the playboy clubs were still open, and that i was there.
Got a bit long towards the end, but mostly an interesting collection of personal recollections.
Darlene Ferland
Interesting to see, as an outsider, what it was like to be a "BUNNY."
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