cover image Working Girls: Trixie and Katya’s Guide to Professional Womanhood

Working Girls: Trixie and Katya’s Guide to Professional Womanhood

Trixie Mattel and Katya. Plume, $27.99 (224p) ISBN 978-0-593-18611-4

In this hysterical sequel to Trixie and Katya’s Guide to Modern Womanhood, the drag queens pontificate on finding success in the professional world. Aiming to “extend a petite and perfectly manicured helping hand” to readers with big career ambitions, the RuPaul’s Drag Race stars share their unique perspectives on everything from careers in the service industry to climbing the corporate ladder and, perhaps most significantly, the necessity of “dressing for success,” which they illustrate in impeccably styled workplace ensembles (as well as others that are decidedly NSFW)—“Call me broken, call me dark-sided,” Mattel opines, “but I love nothing more than walking into an establishment and being greeted by a lacquered-up hourly employee.” Elsewhere, Katya offers advice on taking a gap year (“the first and easiest way to avoid entering the workplace”), sexy thesis topic suggestions (“The Male Gaze and Erotic Pleasure of Riverdale”), and raucous reflections on retirement (“You Better Not Work!”). While the humor is lewd and the expletives are aplenty, the authors also dive into serious business, like exposing the less glamorous aspects of fame (“Drag, like show business, was never meant to be a get-rich-quick scheme and should be viewed as more parallel to hard drug use”). This bawdy manual slays. Agent: Thomas Flannery Jr., Vigliano Assoc. (Oct.)