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Confessions from the Velvet Ropes: The Glamorous, Grueling Life of Thomas Onorato, New York's Top Club Doorman

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New York's top doorman, Thomas Onorato, raises the ropes and gives readers a sneak peak into some of the world's most exclusive parties.

"If you are not on the guest list or if I don't know you or if I don't like you, you are NOT GETTING INTO THIS PARTY!"
The doorman. The gatekeeper of the night. These silent observers see it all and yet say nothing. Until now. In Confession
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published July 11th 2006 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Nicola
May 07, 2009 Nicola rated it it was ok
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There’s something distinctly lacking about Confessions from the Velvet Ropes. Though a slender book, it took me weeks to finish, because I kept putting it down and then not caring enough to pick it up again. It’s hard to put my finger on why it’s not a more compelling read. All the right elements are there – the circus-like New York club scene, with its celebrities and wannabes; drunkenness and temporary insanity to spare – but, despite an amazing mise en scène, there’s no real story to tell.

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Kim
Nov 24, 2010 Kim rated it liked it
I read this on a plane ride. Not much substance - just a light read about has-beens and clubbing post-Studio 54. I find the whole NYC club scene really weird anyway, and this just confirmed it. I did appreciate that the author wasn't afraid to name names when it comes to gossiping. The content is already dated, so probably not worth reading at this point unless you are really curious about early 2000s era clubbing.
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Jun 03, 2008 Kelseywoods Woods rated it really liked it
Being a patron of the former MisShapes party in NYC on Saturday nights I wanted to see what Thomas Onorato had to say. It was interesting as well as humorous.
Sarah
Jul 28, 2012 Sarah rated it it was ok
Boring. Considering this guy hung out at some of the hottest clubs, it showed how much doormen miss out on all the fun. Or the author just asked all the wrong questions.
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