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Naked in the Promised Land by Lillian Faderman
Lillian Faderman's memoir, Naked in the Promised Land, is the story of her remarkable life. Now a college administrator, literature professor and chronicler of gay and lesbian history, she began her life as the illegitimate child of her Jewish immigrant mother. A move to California had her dreaming of being a movie star. Her beauty didn't lead to movie roles, just to victimization by men. Instead she survived by working as a stripper and pin-up girl while hiding her own lesbianism. Her memoir recounts how she overcame all the obstacles in her life by using what assets she had and building her own version of the American dream. This book has gathered mixed reviews, but the St. Louis Post-Dispatch calls Naked in the Promised Land "honest and intelligent."