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In the underbelly of Las Vegas, a cesspool of warring biker gangs and seedy strip clubs, gawky, brace-faced Jenna Massoli was transformed into the bombshell Jenna Jameson. Today, Jenna is the biggest star in the history of adult movies, consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful women alive. But behind the glamour and the meteoric rise to fame was a path paved with tragedy and heartbreak. As a teenager—drawn into a dark and chaotic world where rape, abuse, and murder were commonplace—Jenna began her rapid ...

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Overview

In the underbelly of Las Vegas, a cesspool of warring biker gangs and seedy strip clubs, gawky, brace-faced Jenna Massoli was transformed into the bombshell Jenna Jameson. Today, Jenna is the biggest star in the history of adult movies, consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful women alive. But behind the glamour and the meteoric rise to fame was a path paved with tragedy and heartbreak. As a teenager—drawn into a dark and chaotic world where rape, abuse, and murder were commonplace—Jenna began her rapid downward spiral of addiction and degradation . . . while at the same time becoming the porn world's biggest crossover success story.

Her intimate memoir, How to Make Love Like a Porn Star, is a shocking sexual history, an insider's guide to the secret workings of the billion-dollar adult film industry, and a gripping thriller that probes deeply into Jenna's dark past. Mix in hilarious anecdotes, adrenaline-pumping triumphs, and photos from Jenna's private collection, and you have a tell-all autobiography unlike any other.

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Editorial Reviews

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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. Agent, Resource Media Group/L. Perkins Agency. . (On sale Aug. 17) Forecast: A VH1 special on Jameson airing August 16, a first serial in Rolling Stone and Jameson's pouty face on the jacket ensure this book will take off. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060539108
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/5/2010
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 579
  • Sales rank: 243,094
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jenna Jameson

The world's most famous adult entertainment star and one of the leaders in the adult film industry, Jenna Jameson is CEO of ClubJenna, Inc., an Internet management, production, and licensing company. She has appeared in movies, television, and in more than 1,000 mainstream magazine articles. Jenna lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Neil Strauss is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Game and Rules of the Game. He is also the co-author of four previous bestsellers: How to Make Love Like a Porn Star (with Jenna Jameson), The Dirt (with Mötley Crüe), Don’t Try This At Home (with Dave Navarro), and The Long Hard Road Out of Hell (with Marilyn Manson), and the co-author of the satirical graphic novel How to Make Money Like a Porn Star (with Bernard Chang), which has been banned in Singapore. Under the alter ego “Style,” he achieved the distinction of becoming the world’s greatest pickup artist. Strauss lives in Los Angeles, CA.

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First Chapter

How to Make Love Like a Porn Star
A Cautionary Tale

Chapter One

There comes a moment in every life when a choice must be made between right and wrong, between good and evil, between light and darkness. These decisions are made in an instant, but with repercussions that last a lifetime. My troubles began the day I chose the darkness -- the day I chose Jack.

Men tend to be power-driven. They measure their lives by their accomplishments. Women are more relationship-driven. They tend to define episodes of their lives by the men they are with. That is, until they learn better. Jack was my learning lesson.

At age sixteen, I finally grew the breasts and pubic hair I had been praying for since sixth grade. It was as if they just appeared overnight. And suddenly I transformed from a homely wallflower to a full-bodied woman who turned heads. It was every father's nightmare.

"Oh my God, you are your mother," my father said to me one morning, shaking his head in disbelief. "You look just like your mother."

As I became comfortable with my breasts, my closet changed too. The stonewashed jeans became tighter; the Flashdance shirts became seethrough; the black-and-white-spotted cowboy boots gave way to highheeled black go-go boots; the T-shirts now stopped at the midriff; and the boxer shorts were no longer something to sleep in. I wore them out of the house, rolled up my thighs as high as possible. I didn't have any female friends who were intelligent, so there was no one to tell me that I looked like a hoochie mama. That is, a hoochie mama with braces.

When I walked down the Vegas strip, I loved watching men gasp and turn their heads, especially when they were walking arm-in-arm with their wives. I loved the attention. But whenever anyone tried to talk to me, I freaked out. I didn't know how to interact. I couldn't even look them in the eye. If somebody complimented me or asked a question, I had no idea how to respond. I would just say that I had to go to the bathroom and escape as soon as I could.

One of my favorite outfits was a tight red cut-off top, Daisy Duke jeans, and black boots with ridiculous chains wrapped around the bottom. I was trying to look like Bobbie Brown from Warrant's "Cherry Pie" video. When I left the house like that to go to a Little Caesar concert, my dad didn't even raise an eyebrow. I was always secretly jealous of my friends, who had to change in the car because their fathers didn't want their baby girls leaving the house dressed like a slut. Since I was four, my father had been letting me run wild in the streets, but the freedom had come with a price: security.

My friend Jennifer was still in her sweatpants and sweatshirt when I jumped into her car. As she changed, I drove to the show, which was the finale to a weekend-long biker rally called the Laughlin River Run. We had to look hot: We were both in love with the lead singer of Little Caesar and wanted him to notice us.

He didn't.

But the show blew my mind, almost as much as the audience did. We were surrounded by chrome, ink, and facial hair. Everyone we met opened their beer coolers to us, offered us rides on the back of their bikes, and unsuccessfully tried to talk us into smoking their foul crank.

Afterward, some bikers invited us to an after-party at The Rabbit Hole, the most respected tattoo parlor in north Las Vegas. There were Hell's Angels, Satan's Disciples, and Outlaws, not to mention the guys from Little Caesar. And for some reason, I wasn't scared, though I probably should have been. I didn't talk much, as usual. I just watched, and noticed how all these psychotic guys called their girlfriends "old ladies" and treated them like farm animals. I promised myself that I would never allow a man to take me for granted like that. Sadly, that promise didn't last very long.

After the festivities, I came home and told my brother, "I want to get a tattoo."

"Are you sure?" he asked.

"Absolutely," I told him.

So the following Saturday, he drove me back to The Rabbit Hole with his girlfriend, Megan -- a mousy, heavyset twenty-year-old brunette who for some reason looked up to me, even though I knew nothing about life or how to move through it. As soon as we walked in, I saw a big sign over the counter: MUST BE 18 OR OVER. I ignored it and pulled my lips taut over my teeth, so that my braces wouldn't show.

A door behind the counter opened and out walked a slim, well-pierced, five-foot-ten-inch man with a ghostly pale complexion, spiky chestnut hair, and a Satanic-looking goatee. Sleeves of tattoos, mostly of Chinese characters and tribal patterns, ran up his arms and spiraled around his neck. He looked like trouble. I recognized him from the party because I'd met him and his girlfriend there.

"What do you want?" he asked me.

I looked up at the wall and saw two little overlapping red hearts. I bent forward over the counter, trying to show my breasts, hoping that if I worked it a little he wouldn't question my age. "I want to get those hearts done," I told him as coquettishly as I could manage with my lips curled over my teeth.

"Where?" he asked.

I needed to put it someplace where my father couldn't see it. I'm not sure whether I was scared that he would react to it or, even worse, that he wouldn't. "On my butt cheek?" I replied nervously.

"No problem," he said. "Follow me."

I was awestruck: I didn't expect it to be that easy. My brother's unoriginal girlfriend decided on the spot that she wanted to get the hearts too and followed us back ...

How to Make Love Like a Porn Star
A Cautionary Tale
. Copyright © by Jenna Jameson. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2007

    kept me captivated

    How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale is an easy to read autobiography of Jenna Jameson, who has become one of the biggest porn stars in America to date. It is not a manual on how to have sex or enter into the porn world as one might think while being pulled in by the over the edge title, but actually details the life of Jenna and explains how to she ended up where she is today. Throughout 600 pages of encounters, diary entries, movie scripts and comic panels the reader learns about the rough times Jenna endures beginning with being raised with a single father and brother and being a rebellious high schooler. Through ordeals with poor role models and manipulative men, she became an insecure and young girl who still craved attention and money, which kept her in the business and taught her the ropes of using her beauty and manipulation techniques to make thousands of dollars a night. A choppy and somewhat uncomfortable account of how she flew through the industry beginning as a stripper at the Crazy Horse in Las Vegas, moving into the magazine scene and starring in adult films by age 20 may be a little too graphic for some readers but if one can accept the fact that the stories are very detailed, it is worth reading and keeps the reader captivated. I am not one who is interested in porn or strip clubs and have never seen any of Jenna¿s actually work but learned a ton about her life and the world of the adult industry through this book. Although many may look down on Jenna Jameson, and the life she has led, including drug abuse and an uncountable amount of affairs with men and women she is completely candid in her autobiography and doesn¿t regret anything that has happened. She doesn¿t ask for sympathy or understanding but simply tells her story. The events in her life made her a stronger person enabling her to empower her readers as well.

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2009

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    All i can say is wow!!

    You will never want to put this book down..
    It is a huge book over 500 pages but dont let that scare you away or make you not get it...!!
    It is awsome. Jenna Jameson has had one of the toughest lifes out there and she doesnt hold anything back..
    It really makes you take a look at her differently.
    It makes you rethink your life even.
    I think anyone who thinks they had it tough or thinks they dont really know jenna should read this book. In fact i think all teenage girls should read this book. It might make them rethink how they look at life..

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 29, 2008

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    beautifully written

    i have to admit that before i read this book, i despised jenna jameson & women who did porn.<BR/><BR/>now, i have read the book 3 times & adore jenna jameson & look at these women from a different persepective. <BR/><BR/>DON'T JUDGE A BOOK BY IT'S COVER!<BR/><BR/>the people you hate/despise could be stronger than you are, give them a chance

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 5, 2009

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    interesting bio

    a very interesting but true look into the life of one of the most infamous adult stars. not a how to guide but more of a caution to that type of employment. Jenna shows that shes not just a ditz that gets paid to sleep around. she is a human and just like any other human she gets into strange jobs that she does very well. It is a very interesting book with a lot of knowledge into a life that only some think about.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2005

    TOUCHING

    OMG.. THIS BOOK WAS ONE OF THE GREATEST! I NEVER WOULD OF READ A BOOK LIKE THIS UNTILL A FRIEND POINTED IT OUT TO ME AND I LOVED IT!! THINGS YOU WOULD NEVER EXPECT...SHE TELLS IT ALL! HAPPY READING

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2004

    Get rid of the 'F' word

    removing the 'F'word would cut the length of this book in half. You could then get to the story rather than weeding through the profanity.

    4 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 24, 2013

    very easy read. kept me interested

    very easy read. kept me interested

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2013

    It Grows On You-In A Good Way

    I was expecting sexy fluff, shady characters and tingling nether regions--which I received in spades. What I was not expecting was the raw, visceral impact of her story, the honesty,devastation and ultimate catharsis that made Jenna into the woman she is today. Things are discussed that most women would keep hidden in the secret lockboxes of theirm psyches. But Jenna lets you look, makes you feel, and in the end, makes you believe that no matter where your life takes you, in the end, it is and always will be, YOUR life. Hers is a remarkable one, and her pride in that life is well-justified and deserving of respect.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    In Cr Horrible

    The most depressing book Ive ever read. I never liked Las Vegas or Miami or Phoenix. There is nothing charming or interesting in this wasteland of a story




    3 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2013

    Canton

    Waits nake.d with his long thick juisy pen.is.....

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 6, 2013

    Fun book

    Jenna doesn't pull any punches and tells the tale of how she got to be the No. 1 porn star ever. quick and fun read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2012

    Enjoyed

    I really enjoyed this book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2012

    Interesting story

    This autobiography is interesting - but I don't think I would recommend it to anyone unless you are a Jenna Jameson fan. I bought this book in hopes to find out who Jenna really is - behind the "typical" porn star facade. I was a little disappointed.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2010

    WOW!!

    I am shocked how much I like this book! So good. Drama, Sex, Drama and more SEX

    She really keeps you interested.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

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    Best book!!!

    this book was amazing!! i couldn't put it down! i read it in about 3 days! what a life she has had! love it!! must read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2008

    The BEST book I have read in a while.

    This book is one of the most amazing books that has ever been in my hands. She tells her story with so much emotion you find yourself lost in her world. This book was never set down until I was finished. The pictures in the book are not suitable for younger children. This book allowed me to respect her and the people like her who are just trying to make it in the world. You get an absolute different view on porn stars and strippers after reading this book. I highly recommend this book. It is a must read before you die.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2014

    Awesome

    Good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2014

    Suprised

    You get to find out what the adult industry is like as well as what she went threw

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    Read this

    Great read. You realize how strong & driven she is

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  • Posted January 3, 2014

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    Entertaining and a super fast read.  Everyone is interested in t

    Entertaining and a super fast read.  Everyone is interested in the subject and it give you a solid look into her life.  Recommended!

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