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ISBN-13: 978-0982505632 ISBN-10: 0982505639

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Rare Bird Books, A Barnacle Book (June 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982505639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982505632
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #322,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If Hemingway had been a porn star, this is how he would have written."
The Nervous Breakdown

"Oriana Small has pushed herself to the outermost extremes of what the body and mind are capable of—all before turning thirty years old—and now she's made it an authentic read for the rest of us to marvel at, elevating the depravity and denial inherent in the pornographic arts to a singular literary experience."
James Frey

About the Author

Oriana Small is a writer and visual artist from Southern California. As Ashley Blue, she has appeared in over 300 adult films—including the infamous Girlvert series—directed seventeen adult film features, co-hosted Playboy TV's Night Calls Hotline, and has won numerous adult film industry awards, including AVN's Female Performer of the Year in 2004 and Best Supporting Actress in 2005. She lives and works with her husband, photographer Dave Naz, and her cat and dog in the Hollywood Hills.

More About the Author

Oriana Small is a writer and visual artist from Southern California. As Ashley Blue, she appeared in over 300 adult films--including the infamous Girlvert series (JM Productions)--directed seventeen adult film features, co-hosted Playboy TV 's Night Calls Hotline, and has won numerous adult film industry awards, including AVN's Female Performer of the Year in 2004 and Best Supporting Actress in 2005. She lives and works with her husband, photographer Dave Naz, and her cat and dog in the Hollywood Hills.

Customer Reviews

The book is interesting, well written and easy to read.
Luis A. Cantu
The author did a good job on letting the reader see how the porn industry really is and how it made her feel an act.
l89120
She wrote a decently interesting book and I was impressed with her writing style.
Atall

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Graham M. Flower on January 1, 2013
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Oriana has written a frank and straightforward description of her life in porn. Porn seems to have multiple layers with some less extreme approaches and others that really go way beyond the call of duty. Oriana seems to have specialized with video companies and directors who were doing some of the most extreme pornography. So this book is not for the faint of heart, its pretty raw and she definitely specialized in some things that go beyond anything I'm interested to see.

However, you can get a good sense of the porn world culture from this book and a good idea of how the whole business works. Its best if you can experience this from her writing rather than personal experience. From her descriptions it sounds like this is a subculture where drugs are super pervasive, way beyond what I had guessed. It also sounds like the money is often heavily spent on partying and drugs. Its not a total surprise that this business attracts people who are toward the instant gratification end of the spectrum and don't exactly plan ahead. But you can see the extent of this from this memoir.

You can also see from what she says of her background how she might have gravitated to this kind of business as her mom was literally a junkie and her mom had several partners as well as affairs. So you can see that she was severely neglected as a child by a mom who had some pretty severe drug problems herself.

You can see that some of the companies that she was working for created more violent and abusive types of porn. It doesnt sound appealing, in fact alot of it sounds pretty gross. But you can see the pattern where the directors try to push the preformers towards ever more extreme acts, and the top end seem mostly outrageous to me.

Its a pretty frank memoir from the point of view of somebody in the more extreme parts of the business. You get a pretty good picture of what goes on and you learn about some of the practices that will blow your mind.
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46 of 56 people found the following review helpful By UnoDosAdios on July 5, 2011
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The first half is just fascinating; a candid and explicit look into the world of porn from a woman who was a superstar in the industry. You want to know what its like, what really happens with the performers and the producers in a world none of you will ever really know, here it is and nothing is held back. It confirmed what I was told went on in the industry. The second half is very sobering and takes you down a very dark road, but in the end it finishes upbeat, with a lot of hope. Oriana pretty much has left the biz with her head intact and a life with no real regrets; she did what she did and the future for her is going to be just fine. She is one of the the exceptions, most I think do not leave the industry in a good way.

I was fortunate to get the book at her book signing party in LA. My only regret is that I was not able to stay long enough for her to sign my copy...it's a keeper.
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35 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Mary L. Broughton on August 21, 2011
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I have been following Small's blog for some time. I always thought she was a great writer, but I heard her make a comment once about how much she hated Muslims. She was so vehement in her dislike, that she practically spat out the word "Muslim." I didn't know if I could really like her after that. After reading her book, I've decided that while I can't agree with her on all things, I absolutely love this girl. She's honest, hardcore, but also very vulnerable. If you're looking for erotica, this is not the book. The sex scenes she participated in, sometimes initiating, are not for the faint of heart. They're dirty, raw, nasty, and so over the top, to be hilarious, but you get the point of them. Reading her blog, I know she found the love of her life and I'm glad her story has a happy ending. I can't recommend this book highly enough. Ass creampies, anyone?
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Alphalover on January 6, 2013
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Man, was this dark and depressing. Just what I like. It was brutal at times. I've never read about someone as hardcore as her. She goes beyond the basics. She's a product of drug addicted parents and she went on to become a binge eating bulimic at twelve and a drug abuser soon after. I can't understand how a person can do drugs and drink alcohol 24/7 and still live...and with no food in your system either. How can you function?!

I feel bad for her childhood but have no sympathy for her once she entered the world of porn. But she never asked for any. She seems to enjoy what she does. It's unclear to me if she's completely off drugs. I never got the feeling that she ever wanted to be drug free. She doesn't seem to care about herself at all and several times said that she just wants people (porn actors/producers/friends) to 'love' her. She's never gotten any type of counseling (that I know of) for her eating disorder, drugs or her bad childhood, nor did she ever mention the word counseling. This quote from her and the word happiness from her book disturbs me- 'I have always had a high thresh for the gross, the vulgar, the sickening. For me it is a source of happiness and excitement.'

Some things Oriana told us made me cringe and wince and just feel depressed. I feel like she blamed her boyfriend, fellow porn actor and fellow drug addict Trent for a lot of the porn she did. She was very easy to manilipulate. She doesn't seem to like women and always called them, herself included, sluts and whore$.

The part where she met her future husband, Dave Naz, was far too rushed as were the parts where she briefly mentioned working for Playboy TV. She never mentioned her coworkers there by name. I think she didn't want to give the females attention in her own book.

This book is definitely a keeper for me but it's not for everyone, that's for sure.

I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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