The Body Shop:Parties, Pills, and Pumping Iron-Or, My Life In the Age of Muscle
Category: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY, SPORTS & RECREATION
Format: HARDCOVER BOOK
Publish Date: 7/26/2010
Size: 6" x 9-1/4"
As a scrawny college freshman in the mid-1970s, just before Arnold Schwarzenegger became a hero to boys everywhere and Pumping Iron became a cult hit, Paul Solotaroff discovered weights and steroids. In a matter of months, he grew from a dorky beanpole into a hulking behemoth, showing off his rock hard muscles first on the streets of New York City and then alongside his colorful gym-rat friends in strip clubs and in the homes of the gotham elite. It was a swinging time, when "Would you like to dance?" turned into "Your place or mine?" and the guys with the muscles had all the ladies--until their bodies, like Solotaroff''s, completely shut down. But this isn't the gloom-and-doom addiction one might expect--Solotaroff looks back at even his lowest points with a wicked sense of humor, and he sends up the disco era and its excess with all the kaleidoscopic detail of Boogie Nights or Saturday Night Fever. Written with candor and sarcasm, THE BODY SHOP is a memoir with all the elements of great fiction and dazzlingly displays Paul Solotaroff's celebrated writing talent.
What we thought:
I was an 80s baby, so I don't recall any of the disco-era, but oh, my what a fun and crazy time it must have been! This book describes perfectly what I imagine that time was like and you really get sucked into it. I had to keep reminding myself it was based on a true story, because seriously, the author's life plays out like fiction! It definitely reminded me of Boogie Nights:) Paul Solotaroff has a very colorful and descriptive style of writing and keeps you interested with his vivid imagery, wit and sarcasm. ABCD Diaries gives The Body Shop an A!
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