Egyptian-born, Rania writes of growing up in the Middle East where she became estranged from her father and had a troubled relationship with her mother. She became a professional dancer in strip clubs in San Francisco and New Orleans and tells us about the gritty reality of an exotic dancer's life.
The stripper stripped bare! This is the unflinching, honest and startling memoir of Egyptian-born Rania Zada's years as a professional stripper in San Francisco and New Orleans. Peeling away the glamorous mask that hides the seedy side of a stripper's life, Rania Zada relates the story of her years working as a stripper in the dance clubs of San Francisco and New Orleans. Away from the lights, the tips and the leering groups of frat-boy regressing stag parties, the emotional and physical toll this life takes on its women is immense. Interspersed with Rania's memories of growing up in the Middle East, "Egyptian Exotica" is unlike any other memoir about stripping, in that it shows what the dancer's life is really like. Forget Hollywood preconceptions, overbearing bosses and ludicrous quantities of cocaine - this is the real thing, told by someone who knows.