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A revealing, unflinching, memoir of a university professor by day and callgirl by night

At the age of thirty-four, adjunct professor Jeannette Angell discovered that her boyfriend had not only dumped her but had also taken off with all of her money. Left with crushing debt, Jeannette did what any desperate person would do -- she looked for work.

With multiple academic degrees under her belt, she passed up jobs that paid little more than minimum...

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Overview

A revealing, unflinching, memoir of a university professor by day and callgirl by night

At the age of thirty-four, adjunct professor Jeannette Angell discovered that her boyfriend had not only dumped her but had also taken off with all of her money. Left with crushing debt, Jeannette did what any desperate person would do -- she looked for work.

With multiple academic degrees under her belt, she passed up jobs that paid little more than minimum wage and found one that paid her $200 an hour: "Escort -- a skilled professional possessing an area of knowledge for which there is a demand."

In this shocking exposé, Angell's eye-opening tour of her experiences -- and her decision to sell her body and her companionship for cash -- make for a surprising, insightful, and sexy look at just what happens behind hotel doors and in high-rise condos.

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When a bad boyfriend leaves with the contents of her checking account, professor and novelist Angell (The Illusionist; Wings; etc.) decides to stabilize her finances by responding to an ad seeking escorts. Surprisingly, the world she enters isn't all that different from the Boston dating scene she already knew; it's just far more lucrative. At least her clients are relatively clear about what they want, and Angell is able to teach by day and have "dates" by night for more than three years. Separation of her two worlds is crucial but not difficult: "what we do as prostitutes... does not constitute sex in our minds." The characters who populate this tour are often sympathetic, as is Angell, though her repeated assurances sometimes ring hollow in the face of her after-hours job's drug use, abuse and manipulative behavior. To process her own participation in prostitution, and to feed the fascinated responses of others, Angell eventually teaches a university-level class on its history that is, ironically, partly responsible for advancing her career to the point where she stops doing "calls" altogether. It also helped that she was nearly busted by an undercover cop, lost a dear friend to drugs and committed the faux pas of falling in love with a client. Now married, Angell winds down with a call to legalize prostitution to encourage regulation of this vast industry. Agent, Phillip Spitzer. (Aug.) Forecast: Callgirl is shaping up to be one of Permanent's most commercial books ever: Angell will appear on Oprah later this fall, and the book is a BookSense August pick, as well as a selection of all five BookSpan clubs. An excerpt will run in Boston magazine, and rights have been sold in 11 overseas countries, totaling with domestic rights sales more than $100,000. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Engrossing, no-holds-barred story of a college lecturer by day and a callgirl by night. When a live-in boyfriend (known here only as Peter the Rat Bastard) moved out in the mid-1990s and took the contents of their joint checking account with him, the author was strapped for cash. To supplement her small income as an adjunct sociology lecturer at a Boston-area college, she contacted the owner of an escort service whose ad had caught her attention. As a callgirl-in her view, "a skilled professional possessing an area of knowledge for which there is a demand"-she could net $140 an hour plus tips and keep her respectable day job. Angell signed on and found that her clients were ordinary guys, much like the men she had dated. Her blow-by-blow accounts of her encounters range from sexless eating bouts with a restaurant owner to an evening with a man who just wanted to wear her undergarments to "doubles" sessions with a client and a second callgirl. It's not all action, however; the author gives ample space to her thoughts about sex and prostitution. Besides the close-ups of the clients and their quirks, she paints deft profiles of the escort-service owner, known here as Peach, and of a cocaine-addicted co-worker. Angell brought the two sides of her life together in a course on the history and sociology of prostitution that led to some academic recognition and a heavier teaching load. Eventually, aware that her classroom work was deteriorating and that she wasn't getting any younger (she was in her mid-30s), she decided to quit her night job, pushed over the edge by a frightening brush with the law. While this reads like a memoir, a faint suspicion lingers that it could be fiction, like theauthor's previous work (The Illusionist, 2000, etc.). Either way, it provides a revelatory view of a life few women know much about.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060736057
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/12/2005
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeannette Angell grew up in Angers, France. She earned academic degrees at the Université Catholique de l'Ouest and Lesley College for undergraduate work, and Yale University and Boston University for her master's and doctorate-level studies. For three years she led a dual life as a lecturer by day, callgirl by night. She eventually left both academia and the escort business, and since that time has worked exclusively as a writer. Her novels include Légende, Wings, Flight, and The Illusionist. She lives in Boston with her husband and two cats, and is working on a mystery series.

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Introduction

Why is having casual sex with a man you pick up in a singles bar considered acceptable, but having sex as a business proposition is not?

Part debate argument, part Penthouse forum, Callgirl is Jeannette Angell's first-hand account of living in the world of mid-level prostitution.

Working as a college lecturer on a semester-by-semester basis, Jeannette's income is low and gets even lower when her boyfriend vanishes, taking all of her money with him. Depressed and desperate, she looks for a second job at all the usual places -- coffee shops and bookstores -- until she finds an ad that reads: "Part-time work available to complement your real life; some college required."

Once Jeannette walks through this door, her life changes. By day she teaches the sociology classes Death and Dying and Life in the Asylum; at night she receives a phone call from her madam, Peach, who tells her where to go, what to wear, and Jeannette's persona for the evening. Living between these two worlds gives the author a thrill: "I liked my professional competence, the fact that I was teaching something important and teaching it well. And I also liked the secret knowledge that the night before I had been paid to be sexy, beautiful, and desirable. I liked both sides of myself."

At one point, she combines the two aspects of her life by creating a new class -- The History and Sociology of Prostitution. Ironically, this class becomes so popular that she is given more teaching opportunities. Her lucrative night job is now fueling her day job.

But this harmony won't last. Over the course of three years, Jeannette will encounter unthinkable risks -- risks of addiction, getting arrested, losing her teaching career, and even falling in love.

Questions for Discussion

  1. "A callgirl is a consultant, using her expertise and experience in seduction and giving pleasure to fulfill a verbal contract with a client who is paying her by the hour to complete an agreed-upon project" (page 8). Do you agree with the author's assessment here? Why or why not?

  2. "Maybe if he can play out his sick little fantasy with one of us from time to time, with someone who can handle it, you know, then he won't walk down Beacon Street one night and follow some innocent woman home. Maybe he won't hurt her" (page 43). What do you think of this line of logic -- that prostitutes contribute to lowering violent crime? Make an argument for it, and one against it.

  3. The author strives to make the reader understand that prostitutes could be anyone, not just the stereotypes from film and television. Did this book change your mind about the women who are prostitutes? If so, how?

  4. "I kept thinking about the image of the traveler as a conceptual frame for prostitution, and was more and more intrigued by it. It worked both ways: the clients gets a taste of exotica, of something out of the ordinary, expensive and beautiful and not at all what the guy who sits in the next cubicle is doing that night ... And the girl travels, too, but she's doing it on a shoestring budget, she doesn't know what to expect and has to be prepared for anything" (page 68). Discuss this concept of escapism in regard to prostitution -- do you really think it can benefit both parties?

  5. "I hold many memories of that time in my life; but it is only Sophie who haunts my dreams ... " (page 129)." What do you make of the author's relationship with Sophie? Is it a friendship that she mourns the loss of? Or does Sophie represent someone whom the author had taught so many classes about -- the victim?

  6. "Talking about sex is no longer the taboo that is used to be. But talking about prostitution, on the other hand, is still considered a taboo, that is, unless it's in the context of a lewd remark or a dirty joke" (page 131). Do you find this to be true? Think of other books, film or television shows that highlight prostitution -- are they mild compared to Angell's representation?

  7. In this memoir, the author's style of storytelling is intelligent and thought-provoking. How do you think this style worked with the book's content of sex? Does it help keep the author's message on track?

  8. "I was actually starting to see my night job as a pleasant escape" (page 140). "The class on prostitution, I realized, was what had really saved me" (page 183). Discuss what, if any, balance the author had as she moved between these two worlds. How does her two jobs complement each other? How do they work against each other?

  9. "I don't know, in the end, exactly why I left" (page 234). Why do you think Angell stopped working as a callgirl? Do you think it was because she got all that she wanted out of it? Or do you think the risk of getting caught became too great?

  10. "The only way to stop this trafficking in and profiting from the use of women's bodies is for prostitution to be legalized. Legalization will open it up to regulation; and regulation means safety" (page 238). Does this statement at the end of the book surprise you? Or do you feel that the book was building the foundation to support this point all along? What was your opinion -- before you read the book -- on legalizing prostitution? And what is your feeling on the subject now?

About the Author

Born in France, Jeannette Angell came to the United States when she was twenty-one. She has earned a number of undergraduate and graduate degrees. Having taught classes in sociology, history, religion, and anthropology at prestigious universities such as Harvard, M.I.T., and the London School of Economics, Jeannette is the author of four novels -- Légende, Wings, Flight, and The Illusionist. She lives in Boston with her husband and is currently working on a mystery series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2005

    BALANCED AND ENGROSSING

    From this book I received a finer appreciation for callgirls and for the services they provide. They think deeply about the ethical issues involved in their worrk, and they strive to give the best possible performance possible. Angell could have been clearer in her contrasting callgirls to hookers. In the final analysis, what is the difference between the two? She never adequately answered that question. Her description of her different relationships captivated me. In parfticular, her relationship with Sophie was very forceful. That was a turning-point for her, helping her to realize what could happen if she wasn't careful. She was able to finally disengage from Sophie, and eventually leave from the escort service. As a result of her three year stint with Peach, she became more perceptive, and better able to teach. She also talked about mens' gullibility, how her clients believed all the compliments she gave them. Men need to be stroked. Men need to be told repeatedly that the world revolves around them. Women who understand this fact are adored by men. Angell admitted to her own gullibility, most poignantly with the Pakistani Harvard student named 'Kai' who seduced her into having sex with him free of charge. Kai's performance was sensational, and Angell fell for it. She deserves a lot of credit for giving a belanced portrayal of herself, both as callgirl and professor.

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