The Body Shop: Parties, Pills, And Pumping Iron -- Or, My Life In The Age Of Muscle

Hardcover | July 26, 2010

byPaul Solotaroff

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As a scrawny college freshman in the mid-1970s, just before Arnold Schwarzenegger became a hero to boys everywhere andPumping Ironbecame 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 ofBoogie NightsorSaturday 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.

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As a scrawny college freshman in the mid-1970s, just before Arnold Schwarzenegger became a hero to boys everywhere andPumping Ironbecame 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...

Paul Solotaroff is a contributing editor atMen's JournalandRolling Stone. He has written features forVanity Fair,GQ,Vogue, and theNew York Times Magazine, and he was nominated for a National Magazine Award in 2004. His work has been included inBest American Sports Writing. The author of two books,GroupandThe House of Purple Hearts, he ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1 inPublished:July 26, 2010Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316011010

ISBN - 13:9780316011013

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"[A] very well-written and surprisingly tender book.... Whatever the depth and duration of [Solotaroff's] crises of confidence, though, this book shows that he was always a writer at heart."-Megan Buskey, New York Times Book Review