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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press (May 6, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802122590
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802122599
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Akira is the Galileo of women’s sexuality, shifting our culture from the ‘Dark Ages’ of slut-shaming into an enlightened celebration of female desire. Hot, hilarious, and engrossing, this book is a path toward greater freedom for us all: read it and evolve.”—Alissa Nutting, author of Tampa

“An intimate look at her life. Each chapter is filled with brutal honesty and self-deprecating humor. It’s touching, inspiring, and flies in the face of a lot of people’s preconceptions about the life of an adult film star. What’s most refreshing is that the high points of the book aren’t the double-penetration and masturbation scenes—even though that stuff is great—it’s her strong storytelling, which makes her struggles and triumphs in the adult film industry super relatable.”—Vice

"It is common for mainstream porn stars to explain their choice of profession with some variation on “I just love sex. . . . When Asa Akira says it, though, I really believe it. . . . And yet, no person can act as the flawless representative for an entire group of people — and certainly not while writing a memoir worth reading. Luckily, Akira doesn’t try to do that with her book. . . . All of which is to say, her book is a lot like her porn: raw, brutal and always unflinching.”—Salon.com

“A hypersexual narrative of the author’s experiences making adult films . . . Akira acknowledges that her positive experience in pornography is not necessarily representative. . . . [but] is happy to be a porn star. . . . For Akira, the “right reason” for her own career has been that she enjoys her job. If that changes, she says, she’ll leave.”—NPR “All Things Considered”

“In her debut book, Akira finds an inimitable voice from the inside in a world where porn is increasingly becoming part of the mainstream.”—Examiner.com

“Relentlessly risqué. . . a lascivious, personalized journey through the pornography industry. . . . and the frequently hilarious, surprisingly humbling anecdotes of a life spent having sex for the camera. . . . Alive with an unconventional affinity for raw human sexuality, this exuberant memoir is effortlessly honest, without coming across as cavalier or catty. [Akira’s] passion lies in the rush and the “high” of the perfectly filmed sex scene. Open-minded readers will find themselves bombarded by a carnal locomotive of industry insider secrets and amusing observations. . . . Puritans take note: Nothing is left to the imagination in this hypersexual memoir of life as a porn star.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Akira gives even the most household items . . . an entirely new meaning. Forget all the stuff you thought you knew about porn--truth is, you’ll never look at Baby Wipes, Q-Tips and Ziploc bags the same way again.”—LA Weekly

"In this no-holds-barred memoir—which at times take on the form of letters, haiku, and diary entries—Akira shares her personal experiences working as a celebrated porn actress. [Akira] gives intriguing insight into the industry, particularly the bits about porn stars’ private and public lives and her own attempt to maintain a meaningful romantic relationship."—Publishers Weekly

“Asa Akira is the latest addition in a wave of highly raunchy but fiercely unapologetic female porn stars.”—Globe and Mail

“Asa Akira is insatiable in every sense of the word. Insatiable is, at turns, laugh-out-loud funny (the book is punctuated with naughty haikus, such as ‘Home from Trader Joe’s/Was it there for that whole time?/Dried cum on my chin’), poignant (she writes imaginary letters to her future unborn child and her mother, with whom she is close but does not discuss her career), and outrageously politically incorrect. . . . But above all else, it’s a brutally honest look at one woman’s journey through the adult industry, which Akira says the ultimate culmination of her exhibitionist fantasies.”—The Daily Dot

“The multitalented porn star Asa Akira’s twitter has been shared a ton and now I’m fully obsessed with her. . . . she’s so freaking hilarious that I’d be as into her if she were a comedian and not a porn star, but she wouldn’t be making as much money in comedy because of society. . . . funny, but important . . . witty and clever.”—Blisstree.com

“Asa Akira is on a mission: To improve the sex lives of men & women around the world . . . and if anyone can do it, it’s probably her.”—MaxManGuide.com

“In the past couple years Akira has made her stamp on the business as one of the most dynamic sexual performers of all-time as evidenced by her whopping 10 AVN awards at the previous two award ceremonies.”—Peace! Magazine (Canada)

About the Author

Asa Akira is a Japanese American pornographic actress. She has won numerous accolades for her work, including the coveted "Performer of the Year" award at the industry's AVN, XRCO, XBIZ, AEBN VOD, and Urban X awards and is one of the best-known and most liked people working in the porn industry today--and a budding writer.

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Customer Reviews

I loved reading this book of beauty and I recommend it.
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This is a good story about a strong woman who knows what she likes and wants.
Jeremy
The writing is raw, hilarious, honest, detailed and genuine.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Zarg 4041 on May 17, 2014
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First off, let me start by saying that I have always been a fan of Asa Akira's work. She brings a genuine enthusiasm to each of her performances that helps lift whatever she is doing to levels way about what her colleagues in the industry produce. With this book I was hoping to discover who the "real" Asa is, not the porn industry pin-up we have all come to know. In that regard I'm not so sure this book succeeds. Instead, it reads more like a long-form faux porn star interview like the ones that used to take up space between photo spreads in the porn mags of my youth. You know, how the porn star in question can't get get enough of sex, on or off screen, loves being controlled by dominant men, loves all kinds of sex (anal, oral, one-on-one, group, same sex, different sex, dominatrix, submissive), has no issues, no demons in her background, is in no way being exploited, nothing that would derail our fantasies of a sexy vixen.

Yes, I think her on screen enthusiasm is something not easily faked and I'm sure she is enjoying her chosen career path (good for her, no apologies - I like that), but I can't believe that life in the porn industry doesn't come with some kind of baggage, emotional or otherwise. But don't expect to find any of that here (again, why derail the fantasy?) Asa seems to scratch only the surface of her life and career with this autobiography. She talks about how she is not like other women in the industry (50% by her count) who are addicted to drugs or controlled by boyfriends cum pimps (pun intended). Still, she admits that she spent the majority of her life hooked on various pharmaceuticals (she is clean now, she insists).
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By john ziegner on April 16, 2014
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An absolute fun and interesting read. I laughed plenty of times, and so many anecdotal pieces on pornography that really fulfilled my curiosity of porn and the sex industry as a whole. Any fans of DVDASA or Asa's will love her compilation of crazy ass stories and haikus. Well worth the $25 and must have on your bookshelf for your whole entire family to see!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MLS25 on September 30, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Eh. First, I don't know a lot of pornstars by name, so congrats Asa: when I was browsing through Barnes & Noble and saw this I chuckled. I'm not a huge fan - I just know the name, since she is the current Asian version of Jenna J. And I figured I'd pay the $20 or so to read it after I skimmed through it.

I was entertained by the first 100 pages of this 190-page hardcover. And then I realized that it was nothing more than anecdotal and then the worst part: it was shallow.

I wasn't expecting this book to be life-changing, but it would've been nice if we learned something about Asa that wasn't: "I like eating but can't cook, I work out but I want to be a fatty, I watch too much TV but I blame it on my butt hurting, etc." What I did learn is she doesn't cook, doesn't clean (ashes on the floor), watches Teen Mom 2 2x in a day, and fart-humor and dick jokes are never tiresome to her.

The most human she ever was in this book was her description of ordering Papa John's online while revealing her gluttonous desires. When one is intrigued by her questions of 'Why do black guys always wear shoes in their scenes?' or 'I have rules on dating a man...' the reader is left hanging and never on the receiving end to the answer of these "deep, dark thoughts."

I was really hoping to peer into the window of this soul. Instead, it was reading the musings of a kid: one that has (maybe - because she didn't tell you) never worked an regular job in her life and one that is too spoiled to count the single dollar bills given to her when she dances in a gentleman's club.

In all, this writing seems like a book for the fanboys.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paige Turner on June 12, 2014
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Part memoir, part diary, part dirty haiku, this book by top Asian porn star Asa Akira is a fun romp inside the mind of a woman who is unabashedly, unashamedly "insatiable." She has done it all- drugs, prostitution, hard-core pornography, marriage, divorce, abortions, and finally marriage to the man of her dreams, a fellow porn star. Compared to most adult star tell-alls, this one feels refreshingly unfiltered. She admits she was hooked on drugs. She tells some of the downside of the industry.

Her telling of her own story feels like a bit of a swan song, a final spilling of the beans to cash in while she goes out at the top of her game. But that makes it even more fun. I particularly liked how she explains the challenge of NOT having sex with too many of the men in a porno shoot, because her husband, also a porn star will be angry. She is delightful and smart, never plays the victim, and her self-deprecating wit makes us laugh out loud. No dumb naive waif from the sticks, she, but rather a seasoned stripper by the time she arrives in porn valley. And she takes the valley by star, becoming an award-winning porn actress, specializing in anal and gonzo scenes.

She does what other women in the industry have never been able to do- she never lets us feel sorry for her. She is not a piteous figure, at least to this reader, but rather a young woman in clear control of her own life, with a certain joie de vivre that few people in the sex industry have. One of the best chapters is the one in which she is stressed out about being the host of the AVN awards and she describes her manic, feminine craziness. The best part is when her husband brutally gives her rough sex and it calms her down. What a story!
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