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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; 30th Anniversary ed edition (8 Aug. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060014164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060014162
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Xaviera Hollander's first book, The Happy Hooker, was published in 1972; since then it has been translated into fifteen languages and sold millions of copies around the world. Hollander began writing the column Call Me Madam in Penthouse that same year -- a role she fulfills to this day -- and has been named the magazine's most popular columnist. Now a promoter of the arts in her native Holland and the author of more than a dozen books, she divides her time between Spain and Amsterdam.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Durston TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Jun. 2008
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Although `The Happy Hooker' is over thirty years old it is still much better than most of the modern books that profess to be true life memoirs. Xaviera Hollander still writes for Penthouse and this book details her early life, how she `fell into' prostitution and eventually how she became a Madam.

Even for people who have read many of the current books on prostitution, there is plenty in here to challenge your views and morality and also enough to provoke a raised eyebrow or two! Xaviera appears to believe that there are no boundaries as far is sex is concerned and therefore seduces both her uncle and her sister's husband; sets out to seduce young virgins for fun; has ex with a wide range of different women; as well as talking about her work as a prostitute (who knew that some men `get off' on having their legs bound together so they can be treated like a mermaid - I certainly didn't!)

The book is interesting and informative. I imagine that it would be most appropriately found under the mattress of adolescent boys, but having said that, if you like to read memoirs involving prostitution than this is probably one of the best.

It is a shame that most things are described as `groovy', but hey it was the 70s!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christina Trnka on 27 Jun. 2007
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Since reading the happy hooker in 2005 I try to find another book which is written as well as this one about the oldest business. She is not afraid to say how things are and doesn't leave the bad stories out. I absolute enjoyed reading this book and wish there would be more book like this which are written with style (forget all these pseudo call girl books - this is so much better)
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Good read. Very interesting and informative. Educational, to say the least! Recommend this, but not for the faint-hearted!
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By Nowhere man on 15 July 2013
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I first read this as a teenager. Finding it on Amazon has brought back many pleasant memories, thank you Amazon.
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By Avid reader on 4 Mar. 2015
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An amusing read that will leave you entertained, and possibly enlightened...
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