- Hardcover: 592 pages
- Publisher: Regan Books; 1st edition (August 17, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060539097
- ISBN-13: 978-0060539092
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 456 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale Hardcover – August 17, 2004
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With its wit (the book is dedicated to Onan), its victim narrative (multiple sexual assaults), its celebrity dish (Howard Stern is actually well endowed), and its frank, one-fisted prose style ("After three hours of sweaty, psychotic sex, she handed me a huge black strap-on"), the queen of porn's autobiography is destined to become a lowbrow classic. Jameson's career began at 16, when she fell for Jack, a tattoo artist. At a party, Jack's neo-Nazi uncle raped Jameson. Unable to face her father, a Las Vegas cop, she moved in with Jack. Within a year, she went from high school cheerleader to stripper to nude model to porn actress, with a stop along the way to become a crack addict. Jameson's life wasn't so much a downward spiral as a freefall into darkness. But, as the porn world would have it, the harder she fell, the more everyone wanted her, and she quickly became a top nude model and porn star, and the country's highest-paid feature dancer, all while leaving a path of carnage worthy of several rock bands. Beneath Jameson's monstrous diva exterior, however, was a girl who just wanted to become a loving mother and wife. After many failures, she finally succeeded, and her X-rated book ends on an uplifting family-values note. Jameson's life was a mess, and with its multiple formats (interview transcripts, movie scripts, advice sidebars, diary entries, cartoon strips), so is this book. But it's a remarkably appealing and honest mess, and should earn Jameson some of the mainstream acceptance she so clearly desires. Photos.
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“Fascinating.” (Entertainment Weekly)
“In this book, Jameson gets you rooting for her. . . . Captivating . . . a real person comes through in its page. . . . Lively, hellacious, entertaining, sharp, feisty, and touching enough to earn Jameson the right to wear the ‘Heart Breaker’ tattoo on her right butt cheek.” (Salon.com)
“Thespian talent notwithstanding, an adult movie performer’s greatest asset is stamina; and by that measure Jenna Jameson the author deserves accolades. She is tireless. . . . Jenna Jameson aims high . . . for aspiring performers, it’s a gold mine.” (New York Times Book Review)
“With its wit…its celebrity dish…and its frank, one-fisted prose style…the queen of porn’s autobiography is destined to become a lowbrow classic. Remarkably appealing and honest…should earn Jameson some of the mainstream acceptance she so clearly desires.” (Publishers Weekly)
“It will undoubtedly move her into the mass market even further.” (Wall Street Journal)
“As you’d expect, it’s chock full of oh-my-God tidbits.” (Newsweek)
“G-stringed Horatio Alger story.” (New York Times)
Fashion-magazine-quality color photographs…So far How to Make Love Like a Porn Star has received more favorable notices than just about any prescriptive book — on sex or any other topic.” (New York Post)
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I promise you--I am not writing this review because I am jealous or angry that one woman has found fame and success. More power to her! It is refreshing to see a young woman make it in an industry that is notorious for chewing up young women and spitting them out. As a young woman myself, I am inspired by Jenna's passion, drive, and savvy business sense.
But this book is cheesy. Everyone has a tale of woe, everyone has an abusive past, and everyone has a sob story. Jenna Jameson claims to be something so special and unique, but judging from the pictures in the book, she just looks like another run-of-the-mill porn star with huge implants and fake lips.
This book is definitely worth the time to read, it's just not worth the money to purchase. Check it out from the library instead.
Jemima herself is a very interesting character, simultaneously perceptive and lacking in self awareness and this comes through. How someone so sexy, beautiful and smart could fall for so many losers will always be beyond my comprehension, her father seems almost beyond belief and her self destructive life of alcohol and drugs contrasts sharply with her business sense.
Not a great book but a great story.
As much as I really enjoyed the book, I got the feeling that some of her stories were exaggerated and embellished for shock value and attention. Since it was written in 2004, it doesn't include the end of her second marriage to her costar/business partner Jay Grdina, the birth of her twins, the failed relationship with Tito Ortiz, bad plastic surgeries, and the sad aftermath that is her life after porn. I do wish that the publishers and Jenna would've added a few extra chapters about these life events in the reprinted editions.
Overall, this book was a fascinating read and a very intriguing glimpse into the porn world and all of its pitfalls!