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Hooker: A Beautiful Madness Paperback – October 1, 2007

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Aardvark Publishing (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427601313
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427601315
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,690,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At times chilling, at times hilarious, this first person account of life as a modern-day prostitute highlights both the absurd hypocrisy surrounding the sex industry and the sad harrowing cost to the women who choose it. Written with a fearless and clear-headed perspective, Victoria lures you in with her wit, charm, and humor and delivers undeniably captivating stories... not just of the various "sessions" (some steamy, some seedy, some salacious and some silly) as well as her day to day life (a lot more like your own than you might like to admit), but also of the personal history--both tragic and mundane--that led her to this questionable lifestyle.

I agree with the other reviewer that it is amazing and a bit sad that someone so capable, such a strong writer and storyteller must relies on the sex trade to make a living, but that is precisely what is so fascinating here...the story just isn't that simple, and the world just isn't that just.

She does reveal some shocking and at times upsetting stereotyping, but taken in the context of a life filled with danger and uncertainty and where gut reaction and quick judgement--prejudice can mean the difference between safety and not, her "racial profiling" seems as understandable as the TSA's, no matter how unpleasant and ultimately flawed both cases are. She's not out to try to get you to like her, she's just telling it like it is. She puts herself out there as a writer, just as, I imagine she must do as a hooker, and there's something perversely admirable about that.

And ultimately, you do like her, want her to get out safely, you cover your eyes and cringe for her during the scary parts...
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Like some pornography or graphic photos of an accident scene, once I stared into Mae Victoria's world as described in "Hooker: A Beautiful Madness" I couldn't put the dang thing down -- TWICE READ!

It's not the stories in themselves which hooked me, but Ms. Victoria's ability to add an insightful comment that poetically or humorously captures an essence or a truth. But her wisdom and humor should not be confused with moments of outright racial generalizations and waxing profanely on this culture or "those people." Bone chilling to the marrow! I have made no judgements on her life or decisions but, others may not be so kind. And with her unique perspective as an escort amongst the high-society life of LA, she said plenty to piss off vast segments of the population.

But she's also given the average lay person, like myself, a how-to guide when approaching an escort, offering protocol and typical questions (not as seedy as you might expect). And if you are a hooker this testimony might help you navigate your own crazy waters. If you are a suspicious wife and want to know if your guy is capable of side nooky with an LA call girl, read up and see you can set your cheat-detector to DEFCON 5 -- EVERYBODY is capable according to Ms. Victoria.

If this were a literary contest, I'd reserve that fifth star for Melville and Shakespeare. But for our purposes, I highly recommend "Hooker: A Beautiful Madness" with five stars to hook you: adventure, wit, insight, humor and lots of sex - some of the sort one only reads in books about such lives like Mae Victoria's.
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Mae has lived a few lifetimes in one amazing unfinished tale (to be continued...) Yes, it's rough edited (self-publishing and having only a few people volunteer to review it does that...) but this is Mae telling her story quite the way she would if you talked about it with her in-person.

Far from racist, she happens to use her quite real observations that are never generalizations about an entire culture, simply those of the kind of person who solicits and sometimes abuses, sex workers. No sugar-coating at all - this is a story about what it's like from her perspective as a woman who looks far younger than her age, and way prettier than most of the competition. But she's no milk-sop taking whatever comes her way. She has a purpose, and a refinement that isn't about being elitist or pretentious.

It's not a complete auto-biography because she has a long future ahead of her with many other pursuits possible. It's a snapshot at a recent point in-time (2007) of what her life is like, with as many real impressions and insights to behavior as she can bring to the wicked pages she writes.

Frankly, she's a better demonstration of American independence and democracy than most of the populous can imagine (even as a Canadian citizen.) A simply amazing read. (with more to come soon)

2016 update: Due to U.S. visa problems, Mae moved back to Canada last year, and has been pursuing a number of different avenues from writing comic books to standup comedy. We won't be seeing any more reprints of this particular book as she wrote it at a time in her life when she was very frustrated with her upbringing and past, so it serves as a cathartic release mechanism more than a typical autobiography.
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