The Last of the Live Nude Girls

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Soft Skull Press
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5.53 X 8.2 X 0.68 inches | 0.57 pounds

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About the Author

Sheila McClear is a reporter at the New York Daily News. Her writing has also appeared on and the New York Post. She lives in Brooklyn.


The most compelling aspect of Last of the Live Nude Girls is that it illustrates just how easily one can wind up living a life outside the margins. --Portland Mercury

McClear writes about her secret peep-show existence with the ribald expertise of a natural storyteller, but it's her deeper exploration, into the motivations behind her actions, that makes the book both memorable and highly relevant. -Daily Beast

Sheila McClear's sharp, sweetly personal account of New York's vanished tenderloin asks the question if such supposedly degrading places are such a blight, why do we remember them with such fondness? A fascinating and honest read. --Mark Jacobson, author of The Lampshade andAmerican Gangster

McClear is most convincing and most moving, in fact, on the complex relationship between the sex trade and her own frustrated sex life. -Public Books

Sheila McClear's beautifully detailed account of her life as a peep-show girl reads as both a eulogy and a paean to the freaks and misfits who have long given their souls to the city. Filled with psychological insight, metaphor, and -- above all -- empathy, this book should be read by anyone who has ever taken or even contemplated extreme measures to escape the pain and tedium of life, with the hope of finding some meaning or redemption along the way. --Matthew Gallaway, author of The Metropolis Case

"Ms. McClear's closeness to the material most enriches her reporting when it comes to her coworkers. Despite their outsized personalities, they could have wound up sounding as interchangeable as their stage names, but with Ms. McClear's writing, even their tattoos are memorable. Their substance abuse becomes familiar, occasionally even endearing, in a madcap way. Ms. McClear also has a keen ear for dialogue." --New York Observer

"Sheila McClear is a reminder that kids can still arrive in New York City from Nowheresville and break in with some serious grit, hard work, and talent." --Out Magazine

Everyone is required to buy two copies. --Gawker

Eye-opening, gritty, and compelling. --The Paris Review Online

A collection of disciplined and rewarding New York tales. -The L Magazine