Happy Hooker: My Own Story

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How did you first learn about sex? If you grew up in the 1970s, it may have been from a gleefully lusty tour guide named Xaviera Hollander

In the late 1960s — that era of sexual chaos, when Playboy Clubs and love-ins were competing for national attention — a beautiful, intelligent young Dutch secretary named Xaviera de Vries moved to New York, grew swiftly tired of her desk job . . . and soon became the most visible and glamorous madam the city had ever seen. As Xaviera ...

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Overview

How did you first learn about sex? If you grew up in the 1970s, it may have been from a gleefully lusty tour guide named Xaviera Hollander

In the late 1960s — that era of sexual chaos, when Playboy Clubs and love-ins were competing for national attention — a beautiful, intelligent young Dutch secretary named Xaviera de Vries moved to New York, grew swiftly tired of her desk job . . . and soon became the most visible and glamorous madam the city had ever seen. As Xaviera Hollander, she published a shockingly candid account of her life behind the brothel door. The Happy Hooker shot straight to the top of the bestseller lists, sold more than fifteen million copies, and made this enterprising young woman an international phenomenon.

Thirty years later, these delightfully explicit tales of the '60s and '70s swingers' scene — including countless jaw-dropping stories of lesbianism, bondage, fetishism, and more — remain as titillating as ever, charged with the mix of shrewd observation and uninhibited appetite that made Hollander an irresistible storyteller. The Happy Hooker is a classic: the world's greatest book on the world's oldest profession.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Xaviera Hollander has been writing a Penthouse column for 30 years. She chronicled her life as a "high-class New York madam" in 1972's The Happy Hooker: My Own Story, which now returns to print. Frankly discussing lesbianism, bondage, voyeurism and run-ins with lawyers and the FBI, Hollander's book was an international bestseller. In her new epilogue, Hollander rather questionably attests that although her stories may not be as shocking or taboo now as they were in 1972, "the business of sex [has] a new relevance" since September 11. Regan Books will also publish Hollander's new memoir, Child No More, in June (a review will run in an upcoming issue). Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Dutch madam Hollander scored big with this 1972 autobiography, which became a best seller 15 million copies worldwide. Although the book ended up in the hands of respectable readers, it's little more than smut, as Hollander recounts how she left Holland for a job as a secretary in New York, got bored, and became a prostitute and brothel manager (doesn't everybody?). Three decades later, when you can find raunchier stuff on prime-time TV, this is kind of kitschy. This 30th-anniversary edition contains a new epilog. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060014162
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST REGANB
  • Edition number: 30
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 236,383
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Xaviera Hollander's first book, The Happy Hooker, was published in 1972; since then it has been translated into fifteen languages and sold millions of copies around the world. Hollander began writing the column Call Me Madam in Penthouse that same year — a role she fulfills to this day — and has been named the magazine's most popular columnist. Now a promoter of the arts in her native Holland and the author of more than a dozen books, she divides her time between Spain and Amsterdam.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Sexually opened up my world at 17 years old

    At the young age of 17 having gone through Catholic schools it gave me a thankfully wide eyed look at a new woorld of a sexual revolution that came to America

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 28, 2011

    Entertaining

    The story itself was quite entertaining. It was a quick, easy read that was exciting at times. There were many typos throughout the Nook version of the book...mispelled words, words left out and even a partial paragraph repeated mistakenly a page or so after its original place in the story. The more I read, the worse the mistakes got and I was very annoyed that I had to keep rereading sentences to figure out what should have been written. Overall, it was an enjoyable story and I will read more of her books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2013

    Great book

    Love the authors writing skills. Finished this book in a week. I could not put it down. While her story may be embelished , it is definetely entertaining.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2012

    ***blush**

    The frank-ness of this book had my jaw dropped the entire time. I was shocked in 2012 I cant imagine what it was like when it came out. Worth the read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2006

    very informative

    I read the book back in 1971......it taught me what alot about pleasing and being pleased. I Highly recommend it to women that wish to thoughly please themselves and their partner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2002

    My best read

    my gosh....I got hold of this book when I was a young teen, It changed my life forever! In A good way!

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