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Rachel Shteir is the author of the awardwinning Striptease: The Untold History of the Girlie Show and Gypsy: The Art of the Tease. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Slate, The Guardian, Playboy, the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, and elsewhere. She is an associate professor and the head of the BFA program in criticism and dramaturgy at the Theatre School at DePaul University.


"Author Rachel Shteir...[presents] a complex view of shoplifting in her richly researched, dry-witted book." -- THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

"Tantalizing enough that you'll not to want to put the book down -- especially if you're inclined to lift it." -- NPR "Intelligent...[Shteir] captures her subject from every angle." -- NEW YORK TIMES "Eye-opening and unnerving." -- THE DAILY BEAST "A serious study of shoplifting...Shteir is an expert at exploring cultural phenomena previously ignored by academia..." -- CHICAGO Magazine "Shteir's fascination for the topic and sense of humor are infectious, and make her history of this curious, understudied crime compulsively readable." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred)

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