Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
July 2022
3 hours 17 minutes
'These bawdy, gritty tales of New York City in the 1960s and 1970s will captivate listeners, but it’s Johnson who is the hero of this story. Listeners will relish every minute.'- Library Journal

'Humans of New York fans will delight in hearing Stephanie 'Tanqueray' Johnson, once one of the city's best known burlesque dancers, tell her triumphant story.'-People Magazine

This program is read by Stephanie Johnson with an introduction read by Brandon Stanton, author of Humans of New York.

The storytelling phenomenon Humans of New York and its #1 bestselling books have captivated a global audience of millions with personal narratives that illuminate the human condition. But one story stands apart from the rest...

She is a woman as fabulous, unbowed, and irresistible as the city she lives in.


In 2019, Humans of New York featured a photo of a woman in an outrageous fur coat and hat she made herself. She instantly captured the attention of millions. Her name is Stephanie Johnson, but she’s better known to HONY followers as “Tanqueray,” a born performer who was once one of the best-known burlesque dancers in New York City. Reeling from a brutal childhood, immersed in a world of go-go dancers and hustlers, dirty cops and gangsters, Stephanie was determined to become the fiercest thing the city had ever seen. And she succeeded.

Real, raw, and unapologetically honest, this is the full story of Tanqueray as told by Brandon Stanton—an audiobook filled with never-before-told stories of Tanqueray's struggles and triumphs through good times and bad, personal photos from her own collection, and glimpses of New York City from back in the day when the name “Tanqueray” was on everyone’s lips.

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press.
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Reasha W.

Stephanie is an incredible story teller and this made me laugh and cry, she should be very proud.

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I enjoyed the Tanqueray snippets on HONY and was excited that there was an entire book, bonus that Stephanie read the audio version. I didn't really feel like there were additional stories beyond what's already been shared on HONY and I'm the expanded version, I didn't find her to be a very liable or relatable character.

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Nadia K.

Stephanie is a fascinating woman with grit and gusto who has led an adventurous life. Her stories are about love, lessons, survival, and hustle through the lens of her stage name Tanqueray, but the heart and history is all hers. I hope we have a part two coming soon because I’ve learned a lot from her and hope to learn more. I’m going to buy myself a leather pair of shoes and mink coat right now! Can’t wait for your beautiful bedazzled shopping bags to come out!

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Sylvia D.

Loved this!

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