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Candy Barr: The Small-Town Texas Runaway Who Became a Darling of the Mob and the Queen of Las Vegas Burlesque

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Born Juanita Slusher in Edna, Texas, in 1935, the entertainer who became Candy Barr was perhaps the last great dancer in burlesque, a stripper who insisted on live, improvisational music and who at one time commanded $2,000 a week in 1950s Las Vegas. But as Juanita she had started life as a prematurely well-developed thirteen-year-old runaway victimized by a Dallas ritual ...more
Hardcover, 301 pages
Published May 21st 2008 by Taylor Trade Publishing (first published August 13th 2001)
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Max Shenk
Mar 29, 2014 Max Shenk rated it really liked it
The reviews I've read of this book are kind of harsh (if not stupid. Just as an aside: finding a book's subject matter "upsetting" is not reason to give it a * review, especially if you never even FINISHED READING IT. But I digress...). I do find it, technically, to be a little sloppy in spots.

But...

I got this book as "research" for the novel I'm working on (about a former porn star), but also because I find Barr's story fascinating.

Talk about a book that gives you an insight into true "rape cul
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David Ward
Dec 26, 2015 David Ward rated it it was ok
Candy Barr: The Small Town Texas Runaway Who Became a Darling of the Mob and the Queen of Las Vegas Burlesque by Ted Schwarz (Taylor Trade Publishing 2008) (Biography). In a nutshell, a small-town Texas girl is abused on all sides as a kid. She was a gorgeous girl and was born into a family nest of perverts and imbeciles in small town Texas in the 1930's . The first half of the book is fairly shocking: it's not about burlesque, it's about cruelty, the institutionalized rape of a child, and the s ...more
Irene
Nov 07, 2008 Irene rated it did not like it
Ted Schwarz is not an author; he is a seasoned author/coauthor/ghostwriter--a producer of book product. This story would make a great documentary or film. It's hard to tell what kind of novel it would make. This book sensationalizes things that don't need any sexing up and generally reads like a 12 year old's book report.
Kate SouthernBelleSimple
Oct 05, 2009 Kate SouthernBelleSimple rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I tried to read this, but the story was just really getting to me. Too many bad things happened with no hope of any type of salvation for the author...not uplifting at all. I know it was true, but it just made me too sad to finish it.
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