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Surprisingly Candid and Different From Similar Memoirs
on December 28, 2008
If this is a true story and not fiction, this modern day courtesan's memoir is full of surprises and myth debunking information? The author seems almost too good to be true. She comes from a very well-to-do family in California, she has three college degrees (majoring in criminology) one of which is a law degree or it's a soon-to-be fourth degree since it's only mentioned at the end of the book when she is describing her life after she retired from eight years of being a Dot.com escort. She had decent mainstream careers as a fraud investigator for an insurance agency and as a hotel public relations person. She claims she went into the escort business in Silicon Valley for the adventure and fun of meeting very powerful men who were in the process of changing the world. She's a Republican who voted for Arnold Schwarzenegger for Governor and George Bush for President. She hates the smell of tobacco, doesn't touch drugs, is a health nut and only drinks very, very occasionally. She's a private person; she loves her pets--"a parrot and a kitty"--and now volunteers at animal shelter once a week. She saved and invested almost all of the money she made from escorting and was therefore able to retire in her twenties to continue to live a life of semi-luxury, but based on her own earnings, not her parents wealth. The first two things she bought with her earnings were what every California girl wants--implants. But it took her three attempts to get the right size for her body. The first ones were too small, the second set too large and finally she ended up with 425cc's. She then bought herself "a beautiful gold Chanel watch' and those were they only two extravagant purchases from her working years. Her next big purchase was a house, which was probably her most successful investment with her earnings. The author loved the feeling of saving money and investing wisely, sometimes on tips from her "geeky" Silicon Valley clients, but she was able to avoid the frequent run ups and busts of the Silicon Valley technology world because of her recession-proof business.
As expected in this kind of book, there are lots of strange and rich client encounters described. There is some really erotic sex and group sex described in lovely detail, and there are some fascinating insights into why happily married, rich and powerful men, who love their wives and family, hire the services of an upscale escort. Like the courtesans of legend, being a good listener and conversationalist ranks very high on her client's wish list. She has some advice for women, many of whom she properly describes as gold-digging wives, who really don't want to have sex with their husbands except on rare occasions and then only as a wifely duty. She is an example of one woman who understood that women have all the real power and she knew instinctively how to use it. She was able to keep her secret life secret and run it strictly on sound, fair, honest and honorable business principals. She avoided the temptations of drugs and alcohol, always practiced safe sex (with her trade mark "pink condoms") and didn't allow her choice of careers to destroy her. She probably knows more about men, love and marriage than most marriage councilors or psychologists. Since she came from an upper-middle class family, she didn't fall into the trap of suddenly earning a ton or money and then going crazy spending it like a drunken sailor. This memoir will provide the reader with a different insight into world of a sensitive, upscale professional sex worker. If anything, this woman has her feet so grounded in reality that she would probably be considered boring by some of her freaky competitors. She definitely didn't emerge from the clubbing scene and she passes on some of her intriguing, clear-headed insights into men, relationships, and the continuing sexual revolution. This is the complete opposite of another recent book "The Price: My Rise and Fall As Natalia, New York's #1 Escort" by Natalie McLennan (Check out my review on Amazon, if you wish).