In the 1960s, as the sexual revolution was mushrooming, a beautiful young Dutch woman named Xaviera de Vries became the most powerful madam in New York City. In 1972, under the name Xaviera Hollander, she published a candid -read racy -account of her life behind the brothel door. The Happy Hooker shot straight to the top of the bestseller lists, eventually selling more than 15 million copies and launching Xaviera as the world's best-known observer and commentator on sexual issues. Now, thirty years later, the original is back in print - in a fabulously packaged retro edition that will bring back the experience of sneaking under the covers to read your parents' original paperback. The Happy Hooker was the book that introduced much of America to the international swinger's scene of the 1960s--lesbianism, bondage, and much, much more - and while some of its trappings are bachelor-pad picturesque today, its frank treatment of sexual appetites and practices still packs a punch. Published to coincide with Xaviera's new, more literary memoir, Child No More, this new trade paperback edition will introduce a whole new generation to the gleefully lusty tour guide that is Xaviera Hollander.
About the Author
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.