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The Happy Hooker: My Own Story Paperback – June 4, 2002
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Reared in the liberal Netherlands, the author discovers early on that she is bisexual -- and ultimately, it seems, sexually insatiable as well. Relating her own personal experiences in vivid detail, Xaviera chronicles how the sexual revolution of the 1960s hit full stride at the beginning of the 1970s. In the days before AIDS, she would regularly meet people of either sex, engage in small talk with them, and take them to bed before the night was over. Many ships pass in the night this way throughout the book, yet the author's first sexual encounter with a man is strangely given short shrift. Presumably it wasn't as memorable as her many other adventures and escapades. Entering adulthood, she migrates to South Africa at a time when apartheid and other repressive laws are still in force. Bored within a matter of days, she seduces her brother-in-law and spices up his previously boring marriage to her half-sister before moving on to the staid Johannesburg club scene, where she promptly makes a name for herself.Read more ›
Hollander had an fascinating life growing up in Holland and moving to America. She was well-educated and very intelligent, and she eloquently explained how a girl of her breeding could become absolutely trapped and imprisioned in an abusive relationship. Her insight on that relationship alone makes this book a worthwhile read.
The book is a true page-turner as Hollander describes her sexual escapades in New York and the ways in which she earned money on her trip to Mexico. Hollander explains all the ins and outs of the high-end prositution business and the complicated formal relationship hookers have with their madam. The end of the book becomes a business treatise on the prostitution world, and it makes for compelling reading.
Fast-forward 39 years. I happened upon this reissue while searching for something quite unrelated, and decided that nostalgia plus the promised "new epilogue" added up to a re-read.
The book, for those of you under 40, is Ms. X's definitive autobio (there were several follow-on books in the same vein, none especially notable,) spanning her early years as a perpetually horny, bisexual girl in the Netherlands, through her coming of age in Johannesburg and elsewhere, to self-realization as a "working girl" which culminated in her becoming New York City's most notorious (and notoriously self-promoting) madam; her arrest and eventual deportation, and finally into a sort-of retirement overseas.
As you might expect, this book is chock-full of a wide variety of imaginative and imaginatively-described sex; "Kinsey, cover to cover," as Steve Martin put it. As you might not expect, there is also a lot of surprisingly interesting material on the practical aspects of operating a business whose services are quite illegal in 49-1/2 states of the Union. One thread I found particularly fascinating concerned the trials and travails of Xaviera's fiance as he coped - sometimes successfully, often not so much - with X's intense lifestyle and profession. Suffice it to say, that was undoubtedly a very interesting (and exhausting) period in Larry's life, but I wouldn't have wanted to trade places with him.
_The Happy Hooker_ is indeed a classic.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was okay, story about a woman and her point of view as a hooker. Kind of a femdom fetish.Published 2 months ago by Andrew Milan Bosnjak
Still a great read after all these years.
I first read portions of this book in the early 80's and I had always wanted to finish reading it. Read more
Oh, this book was so trashy. I had to wash my hands. Then I had to read it again. You, Go, Xaviera.Published 4 months ago by LaCootchia Diana Thunder
Definitely a 4 plus! Do you know how I could drop ker a line. and she would for sure get it? Cathy CarlesPublished 10 months ago by cathy carles
I got this for my best friend, and she was so moved by it that she decided to switch professions. She said that reading this delightful anecdote was an emotional journey in which... Read morePublished 14 months ago by David Bishop