It should come as no surprise that The Candy Pitch thinks reading is sexy. So in our second installment of holiday gifts that keep things bumpin' we offer a hot list for book lovers.
In last week's Candy Gram, Veronica Lashe suggested Mae West: It Ain't No Sin. And Scratch keeps The Best Burlesque Sketches on his nightstand.
Rachel Shteir's Striptease: The Untold History of the Girlie Show is a must for anyone interested in the history of the tease. As The Washington Post raved, "Shteir's book provides a record of the golden age of American striptease, and she gives a persuasive account of its democratic verve and feminist appeal."
With a focus on burlesque's reemergence and fantastic pictures, Michelle Baldwin's Burlesque and the New Bump-N-Grind is a great companion to Shteir's history.
To make your coffee table sizzle, try Dita Von Teese's Burlesque and the Art of the Teese or Alberto Vargas: Works from the Max Vargas Collection.
And, of course, there's Gilded Lili, which earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly, which said "this swift, engaging biography ... is sure to satisfy."
All in all, there are plenty of options to put a little sizzle in the season.