The Happy Hooker

My Own Story

    • 3.0 • 68 Ratings
    • $13.99
    • $13.99

Publisher Description

The 30th anniversary edition of one of the modern classics of the sexual revolution—with a new Afterword by the author.

An international phenomenon upon its initial publication in 1972, The Happy Hooker established Xaviera Hollander—previously the most powerful madam in New York City—as the world's best-known observer and commentator on sexual issues. A racy account of her life behind the brothel door, The Happy Hooker became an instant classic that marked the intersection between the Playboy generation and the sexual revolution of the feminist era. Hollander left no vice unturned, covering lesbianism, bondage, and other sexual appetites with a frank tone that left the reader with no doubt that they were listening to a master…or mistress, as it were.

Now restored gloriously to print in a first-ever trade paperback edition, The Happy Hooker will reintroduce a whole new generation to the carefree days of swinging in the '60s and '70s.

GENRE
Health, Mind & Body
RELEASED
2011
July 26
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
304
Pages
PUBLISHER
Harper Paperbacks
SELLER
HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS
SIZE
843.3
KB

Customer Reviews

Avid.subway.reader ,

Eh, it's ok.

On the whole, a pretty disappointing read. The subject matter is interesting and the book is refreshingly sex-positive, but there are many things about "The Happy Hooker" that turned me off.

For one, Xaviera contradicts herself quite often, which takes away from the story quite a bit. She spends quite some time describing to the reader her expenses as a madam, and how people always assume she has a lot of money when she doesn't. Fair enough, a brothel sounds expensive. But in the next chapter she describes a lavish vacation to an exclusive resort with her boyfriend and lover.

She also complains about how some of her regular customers seem to always want a price cut, as it were, on her services because they are regulars. She clearly doesn't think this is fair, nor does she give them any kind of discount, but she later laments that she doesn't get discounts on services that she uses regularly (I think she was discussing her lawyer or the bugger, I don't quite recall). You can't have it both ways!

Also, whoever did the editing on the ebook did a TERRIBLE job. There are sentences and paragraphs that are unreadable for the typos. Whole words are replaced with other words ("the" and "die" get switched a lot) and the spelling errors are atrocious (the letter "n" is randomly replaced with "k" in a few places). It's distracting and sloppy.

cbluvr ,

I did at least finish it.

Some chapters I skimmed thru. Not by any means well written, and sometimes felt fake. Since its cheep, it's okay. I've read better 'free' books however.

Angry j bird ,

Don't waste your time.

I only read a few chapters, but it was more than enough. Poorly written, typos and grammatical errors. Just plain boring. Even though it's only $1.99 (I can definitely see why!) don't waste your money on this crap.

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