Westporter Suzanne R. Krauss has written a memoir detailing her life as the daughter of a Las Vegas showgirl. The book, "To Vegas and Back," tells the story of her divorced mother who moved her three children to Las Vegas where she performed in Les Folies Bergere in the 1970s. The memoir will be released in hardcover on Jan. 17, and was published as an e-book Nov. 7.

" `To Vegas and Back' is about a homemaker and mother of three in the beautiful suburbs of Philadelphia. At thirty-two, she leaves her husband and traipses her children to Las Vegas with dreams of becoming a showgirl. Her dream becomes a reality when she secures a lead position with The Folies Bergere at the Tropicana," Krauss said before the release of the e-book.

"The story is also about the horrific journey that got her there and the impact it had on her children. [It] chronicles their seven years in Vegas and how they eventually escaped in 1980. I can tell this story, because this woman is my mother and this is my family," she said.

The book is published by Changing Lives Press.

Krauss will be speaking about her memoir at the Westport Library on Friday, Jan. 17, and at the Westport Arts Center in February. A book launch party, benefiting the nonprofit organization, Project Return, was held Nov. 22.

Visit www.tovegasandback.com for more information.