I did substantial research for this show, reading dozens of books and hundreds of articles, as well as interviewing numerous men and women involved in the sex trade, legally or otherwise. This is a partial bibliography, not a comprehensive list, especially the articles; I have just listed sources that were indispensable for my show and that included information not available elsewhere.

Books – History

Legends of the Comstock Lode, by Lucius Beebe and Charles Clegg (1956)

The Lucius Beebe Reader, by Lucius Beebe and Charles Clegg (1967)

The Sagebrush State: Nevada’s History, Government, and Politics (3rd edition), by Michael W. Bowers (2006)

No Magic Bullet: A Social History of Venereal Diseases in the United States Since 1880, by Allan M. Brandt (1985)

The State of Sex: Tourism, Sex and Sin in the New American Heartland, by Barbara G. Brents, Crystal A. Jackson and Kathryn Hausbeck (2009)

Daughters of Joy, Sisters of Misery: Prostitutes in the American West, 1865-90, by Anne M. Butler (1987)

Gold Diggers and Silver Miners: Prostitution and Social Life on the Comstock Lode, by Marion S. Goldman (1981)

Uneasy Virtue: The Politics of Prostitution and the American Reform Tradition, by Barbara Meil Hobson (1987)

Comstock Women: The Making Of A Mining Community, eds. Ronald M James and C. Elizabeth Raymond (1997)

The Nye County Brothel Wars, by Jeanie Kasindorf (1985)

Red Lights Out: A Legal History of Prostitution, Disorderly Houses, and Vice Districts, 1870-1917, by Thomas C. Mackey (1987)

The Lost Sisterhood: Prostitution in America, 1900-1918, by Ruth Rosen (1983)

Upstairs Girls, by Michael Rutter (2005)

Soiled Doves: Prostitution in the Early West, by Anne Seagraves (1994)

The Girls of Nevada, by Gabriel R. Vogliotti (1974)

Rosa May: The Search For A Mining Camp Legend, by George Williams (1980)

Books – Memoir

Breaks, Brains & Balls, by Joe Conforte and David W. Toll (2011)

Brothel: Mustang Ranch and its Women, by Alexa Albert (2001)

Sex Work: Writings by Women in the Sex Industry, eds. Frederique Delacoste and Priscilla Alexander (1987)

Madam: Inside a Nevada Brothel, by Lora Shaner (1999)

Hos, Hookers, Call Girls, and Rent Boys: Prostitutes Writing on Life, Love, Work, Sex, and Money, eds. David Henry Sterry and R. J. Martin Jr. (2009)

From Bordello to Ballot Box: A First-Hand Account of Legal Prostitution and Political Corruption, by Jessi Winchester (2000)

Books – Other

The Internet Escort’s Handbook, Book 1: The Foundation, by Amanda Brooks (2006)


Jessi Winchester (February 2011)
Amanda Brooks (various, 2008 – 2011)
Allen Lichtenstein (February 2010)
George Flint (June 2011)
Candice Seppa-Arroyo (July 2009)


Brooks, Amanda. Eight-part blog series on Bella’s Brothel. After Hours. Aug. 6 – 19, 2008.

Gibbs, Walcott. “The Diamond Gardenia.” (A two-part profile of Lucius Beebe.) The New Yorker. Nov. 20 & 27, 1937.

McMillan, Doug and Ken Miller. Eight part series on Sex for Sale in Rural Nevada. Reno Gazette Journal. November 9 to 16, 1986