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**5 Sexy & Seedy, Stars** First, let me start by saying, I hate nonfiction. Most of the time, I find it boring and cannot keep my attention for more than a few seconds before I start rolling my eyes and ultimately putting it down. I can't say that about this book. While yes, it took me a little longer to read because I just didn't have the time or concentration to sit and get it done...I was completely enthralled by this book. I was sucked in from the beginning, and yes, it has some slow parts, but overall I was beyond fascinated by Jami's (aka Haley's) story. With a very conservative upbringing and her choices to delve into the seediest parts of the underworld, I wanted nothing more than to read more of what she was telling. This memoir is everything I hoped it would be. It's more than just a recant of Jami's/Haley's life as a prostitute and madam, but about the dealings of escorts in Sin City. A Vegas nightlife that looks glamorous; but in all actuality is just as rough as any other high-profile lifestyle. There are trade offs to expensive clothes, trips around the world, and VIP service. There are expectations that go above and beyond companionship...and in this book, we get a front-row seat to all of it. It's fascinating, and completely riveting. The recounts of early years, how and why she made the decisions she made, the ultimate sacrifices and thoughts regarding her successes and failures...this raw and unconventional recollection of Haley Heston and her life is one I will recommend to anyone interested in a fresh approach to nonfiction. This is more than just a boring tale about how a small-town woman's life evolved...this is deeper than just one person's experience. This is a lifestyle, a world that interacts with everyday people, yet lives and breathes in an underground dimension all its own. Welcome to the other side of Vegas, prostitution, and paying for the time of a beautiful woman. --whirlwindbooksandreviews.com/2016/01/blogger-review-las-vegas-madam.html --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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- File size : 3491 KB
- Publication date : December 10, 2015
- Publisher : Maktub Press and Publishing (December 10, 2015)
- Print length : 272 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- ASIN : B0158V0D3O
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #438,230 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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There are times in this book where I became physically nauseated by her descriptions. I'm thinking "how did she escape this industry without contracting HIV and a dozen other other ailments." Well, maybe she didn't. There's a lot of room for thought between the sordid details, and I commend her for putting herself out there like this. When I was younger and more self-righteous I would have dismissed a book like this and the sort of people who work in this industry as getting what they deserve. I would have gone on a tirade about how "they need to eliminate this crap from society entirely."
But now I'm not so sure. I see things differently. I know actual people in this industry, and I've found them to be worthy friends. Would I ever hire an escort? Absolutely not.. but I know that other people will. They always will, so why not make sex workers much safer, and give them the ability to be in control of their own destiny? Why should they go through all this crap and give 70% of what they earn to a damned pimp? That's the thing I'm most outraged about now. We say that we want women to make decisions about their own body... well, if we truly mean that, then if they want to sell it... why should they not get the full benefit from that? Anyway, I digress. This book not only told a good story, it got me thinking deep thoughts.
Not only have I come to the point where I no longer judge people like Jami, I've been through enough in life to find things about her to really admire. Yes, she's an admirable person, IMO. She sounds like a person you'd want to listen to.
Now, the next can of worms I'm only opening because religion is a big part of this book. It's in her upbringing, and it always remains a thread through her life, which reminds me of the days when I was a bit on the religious side. One thing I always remembered from my church days was a minister once telling me that one of the greatest heroes of the Bible was a prostitute named Rahab. He pointed out that too many people in churches don't get the big picture. He then went on to point out that Esther was basically prostituting herself as well -- for what is being a high end concubine and dancing and seducing a King, if not "high end sex work"? She's getting it on with a powerful man she doesn't love to get herself and her family (or her people) a leg up on things. She's selling her body to the King for a benefit. That's prostitution, and it's "according to God's Will" - if you believe that sort of thing. Makes you see things even from a religious point of view - as a bit more "gray".
Anyway, if I ever find a book about this industry as thought provoking and well written as this one, I'll truly be thrilled. The only thing so far that has come close is a fictional book called "Sold", which is a heart breaking story about sex trafficking in India and Nepal. I'll give this one 5 stars. Kudo's to the author for telling her story.
I also noticed that most women (not all!) claim themselves to be pretty or beautiful. Check out their photos and you'll see they have a little too much confidence (but it's a minor thing).
Many sex workers have respect for themselves, lay out certain boundaries even when those boundaries eliminate some business. Making
three thousand a night and spending all that money shopping? She is either lying or not very smart. One more thing: every escort goes through slow time when business dries out. Not for this girl. Clients keep calling her day and night, and each pays her thousands. WOW!!!
That's another thing about some (not all!!!)women doing sex work: inflating their real earnings in addition to overrating their looks.
Constantly Jami/Haley keeps saying she is a good person and how many lives she saved. It gave me the impression she tried to convince
herself more than her readers. People who feel good about themselves and know they are good hardly ever bring this up let alone repeat it over and over.