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The Happy Hooker: My Own Story by [Hollander, Xaviera]
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Synopsis

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.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 767 KB
  • Print Length: 307 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; 30th Anniversary ed edition (26 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0053JSG1I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #164,035 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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an interesting book that gives insight into peoples real behaviors behind the facade of everyday life and the historical oppression and corruption around prostitution, books also titillating in places.
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Despite the title, this autobiographical account of one woman's rise to the top of the New York demi monde in the early 1970s is for the most part a rather depressing book, although it undoubtedly offers more insights than any number of pretentious sociology texts written by people with one eye on their next job promotion. if you liked the film Klute with Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland, you might find this interesting as context.
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A woman with a different actitude towards sex at the end of the sixties finds herself as a prostitute and almost immediately as a Madame in New York. She tells all about herself and her life in a time when the social hypocrisy was still an unresolved issue.
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This fine. It rattles along at a good pace thus keeping one's interest up. A lot of the stories have clearly been embellished but none the worse for that! A good time waster.
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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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I first read this as a teenager. Finding it on Amazon has brought back many pleasant memories, thank you Amazon.
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