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Xaviera Hollander has been writing a Penthouse column for 30 years. She chronicled her life as a "high-class New York madam" in 1972's The Happy Hooker: My Own Story, which now returns to print. Frankly discussing lesbianism, bondage, voyeurism and run-ins with lawyers and the FBI, Hollander's book was an international bestseller. In her new epilogue, Hollander rather questionably attests that although her stories may not be as shocking or taboo now as they were in 1972, "the business of sex [has] a new relevance" since September 11. Regan Books will also publish Hollander's new memoir, Child No More, in June (a review will run in an upcoming issue).
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Dutch madam Hollander scored big with this 1972 autobiography, which became a best seller 15 million copies worldwide. Although the book ended up in the hands of respectable readers, it's little more than smut, as Hollander recounts how she left Holland for a job as a secretary in New York, got bored, and became a prostitute and brothel manager (doesn't everybody?). Three decades later, when you can find raunchier stuff on prime-time TV, this is kind of kitschy. This 30th-anniversary edition contains a new epilog.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; 30th Anniversary ed edition (June 4, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060014164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060014162
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #789,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Max Varazslo on May 24, 2003
Format: Paperback
"How did YOU first learn about sex?" the reviews ask. Even more importantly, when? I'll confess that I learned about it in the 1970s, and that "a gleefully lusty tour guide named Xaviera Hollander" was responsible. The volume that started it all, "The Happy Hooker: My Own Story" is now titillating a new generation of readers who cut their teeth on matter-of-fact sex guides like "Savage Love" or Dr. Ruth Westheimer's preachy "Sex for Dummies." While many may wonder what all the fuss was about, the truth is that today's twenty-somethings can't begin to imagine how shocking this book was when it first appeared in February 1972, when most of us still gasped after hearing the word "damn" on TV.
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.
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As a modern twenty-something who wasn't even born when this book first came out in 1972, I enjoyed picking up what is undeniably a part of the history of American sexual culture. I tried to keep in perspective how shocking this book must have been in the 1970's, before our bookshelves and televisions were plasted with frank talk about sexual health and sexual deviance. To me, the opening lesbian girlhood fantasies and the nymphomania (of course all prostitutes love sex) seemed cliched, but I don't doubt Hollander's account of her early sexual life and introduction to the profession.

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.
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The kindle version of this book is rife with misspellings. It makes it difficult to read sometimes as you are trying to figure out the word rather than enjoying the story. This version also left out some content from the original that is disappointing. I hate to say it but I believe Ms. Hollander succumbed to political correctness in this version and when you make a compromise like that, it fails to deliver. I wish the original version was available instead of this.
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This is the book that made ex-New York madam Xaviera Hollander famous as The Happy Hooker. It is a classic, and typically, her best work. Of particular interest is the exposure of the corrupt politics with the New York Knapp Commission, and the U.N. - where Xaviera was propositioned regularly when she was a secretary there.
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I actually heard about Xaviera while reading "The Savage City" by T.J. English. Xaviera played a large (unwitting) role in wiretapping a corrupt NYPD officer who therefore took down other corrupt cops in the 70's. I honestly don't know what I was expecting with this book, but it failed on so many levels. The purpose of the book was to tell the tale of how Xaviera came to be the highly successful madam of her day. Instead she talks about her relationship with sex and why she loves it so much. The book was written using a ghost writer and the ghost writer did a poor job. I understand they were trying to be descriptive and almost seductive but it came across cheap and a tad bit of fantasy. I can't tell you how many times I rolled my eyes or laughed at the absurdity of it all. Trust me, I'm not a prude when it comes to sex, I just thought this book was not done with good taste. A good editor should have been able to pull this book back on track. Clearly that person either couldn't or didn't want to help. I say...there's nothing to read here. Skip it!
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The kindle edition of this great book is an embarrassment. There are literally HUNDREDS of spelling mistakes / two words glued together (e.g. gluedtogether). It is obviously an incompetent scan of the paper book, and not a digital print from the original file. I have no idea why Amazon do this. It's unprofessional and an insult to the author and reader alike, not to mention false advertising because you are not getting the original product as advertised.

I want a refund, I will post here if Amazon comply.

Regarding the book - PAPER edition: Highly recommended.
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