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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Heather Haneman  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Missouri

-- Heather Haneman on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

When Heather was 16 years old she moved to Chicago, and began dancing in such traditional venues as the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Before writing her book, Heather Haneman, who is more often known by her professional name, Feather Handlesmen, had found success as a back-up dancer in drag queen shows.

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Titles At Your Library

Big Wigs: Stories of a Straight Girl in a Drag Queen's World
ISBN: 0976021633

State Street Publishing. 2007

Author Heather Haneman has an obvious way with words. In her delightful debut book, she brings a smart, sassy style to the world of drag. Big Wigs: Stories of a Straight Girl in a Drag Queen's World will entertain, enlighten and inform. For nearly twenty years, Heather has been a backup dancer in some of the most extraordinary revues imaginable. Not bad for a Missouri girl, an admitted "late bloomer" who thought that drag described the life of someone involved in professional auto racing. Then she arrived in Chicago. As a straight girl in a drag queen's world, Heather has developed a saucy, street-smart attitude, along with an unblushingly provacative persona and an always energetic wit. She already had the breasts. Bigs Wigs is funny and flamboyant, but at its heart is an appreciation and respect for people, no matter what type of equipment that they're packing. In the end, it's an odyssey of humor and humanity. What a ride. What a read.

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