Strip Tees: A Memoir of Millennial Los Angeles

Macmillan Audio. Jul. 2023. 7:15 hrs. ISBN 9781250899781. $19.99. MEMOIR
Freshly out of college, Flannery headed to California to pursue her dream—a career in fashion. She thinks she’s hit the jackpot when she lands a job at a cool new company that seems to reimagine the industry, from ethical production to eye-catching advertisements. Instead, she ends up with a front-row seat to the rise and fall of the controversial clothing company American Apparel. This candid memoir follows Flannery’s journey from a cultlike recruitment at a bar through multiple red-flag moments in the workplace. The author narrates her own book, adopting a tone akin to a friend telling a wild story, casually dropping shocking details about the company’s founder and practices while being distracted by the shiny opportunities American Apparel offered her. Listeners will be captivated by Flannery’s story, which becomes increasingly dread-filled and intense as the book progresses. Even so, some may be disappointed when the drama fizzles without much of a punch.
VERDICT Flannery relives the nostalgia of early aughts Los Angeles with her revealing memoir. This disturbing look at the inner workings of American Apparel intrigues, though listeners shouldn’t expect a tidy conclusion.
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