Few people can claim to have known a real-life Auntie Mame. For Erik Preminger, "Mame" was his mother, famed stripper and personality Gypsy Rose Lee. Erik was 12 when Gypsy decided she was through with striptease - "I'm forty-two years old. Too old to be taking off my clothes in front of strangers." Her endless schemes for staying famous and maintaining their extravagant lifestyle - a best-selling writing career, a musical based on her life, a disastrous attempt to turn her home movies into a blockbuster - make for comedic yet poignant reading. My G-String Mother is a stylish, incisive portrait of two lives: an awkward adolescent who was as much confidante, co-conspirator, and companion as son, and the legendary woman who told the police during a raid at the famous Minsky's burlesque house, "I wasn't naked. I was completely covered by a blue spotlight."