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How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale Hardcover – Aug 17 2004

4.7 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: It Books (Aug. 17 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060539097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060539092
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 998 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)

“Wow!” (Esquire)

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)

“Racy” (Star)

“Jenna Jameson is the biggest adult film star in the world. . . . She’s a legend in her own time.” (Playboy)

“Jenna Jameson is an Icon.” (101 magazine)

“The woman who put the star in porn star.” (Rolling Stone)

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By A Customer on June 24 2005
Format: Hardcover
Though I thought this book would be different then it was, I found something perhaps more powerful. This woman went through devastating abuses,drug addictions, the porn world and still found the self-esteem to rise above it all and make a success of her life. To me that is inspirational. I rate it up there with other books I have read lately including Nightmares Echo and Smashed.
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Ms. Jameson has seen and done just about everything you could ever have imagined. What you find within the content of this book is powerful. From her abuvise situations, to her addictions, then in to the world of Porn-she is honest and forthright. The book spills over with her courage.
I would have to say "How To Make Love Like A Porn Star" is as highly rated as that of "Nightmares Echo by Katlyn Stewart", "Tracy Lords: Underneath It All" and "Paper Life by Tatum O'Neil"
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It’s amazing how one page can make you laugh and then the next page makes you cry. I have always loved Jenna Jameson and admire her more now knowing her story.
It was well written; I couldn’t put the book down until it was over. This is five books put into one and I have to admit that one of the books, which I think is the fourth, does get boring. She is talking to her dad and her brother and then the conversation is put into writing; which as much as the stories were interesting, it was kind of like “I guess you had to be there to appreciate it completely.” But the rest makes up for it.
GO JENNA!
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I love bios as a rule, and was very excited to read this one. Jenna is world-known and I knew about her as a preteen. Now as an adult, I am happy to say she is more than I could have ever imagined. Her book is very insightful into who she is and why she is that way. She is a good writer and unlike some celebrities bios, you can actually follow the story. She is a smooth writer and she shines through her words. Some of the book is a little odd (mostly where she has conversations with her Dad) and I don't know why she would put that in the book. I definitely reccommend this book to anyone who likes Bios, or Jenna.
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I was expecting some fluffy romp through cheeky porn-land. Not so for this shocking, insightful, and powerful memoir. Talk about a walk through fire! Parts of this book are incredibly sad and parts will touch you deeply. It's really about someone who fights for survival and overcomes a horrible past. With references to Howard Stern, Tommy Lee and a host of others, the author candidly recounts tales from "the other side." This has to be one of the best things I've come across. Also try "The Bark of the Dogwood" for another great memoir-style novel.
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I loved this book, I am a Jenna Jameson fan and I grabbed this book, read it right away and have read it two more time. Put your opinions aside of what you may think of her due to her occupation. This book talks about more then just how she became a porn star but how she became who she is. A smart business woman who has made an empire for herself out of something that is so controversial and still managed to find happiness after a long stuggle in her life. I have so much respect for her and I think that she is an example to many women.
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The last three book I've read have all been completely different, yet all have been amazing in their own right. HOW TO MAKE LOVE does however rank as the best of the lot (the other two were McCrae's "The Children's Corner" and "The Kite Runner). For some reason, the humanity and honesty in HOW TO MAKE LOVE really affected me. While not being able to relate to all of the material I nevertheless found myself sympathetic to the characters and their emotions. A compelling and enlightening read for just about anyone.
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I didn't know what to expect picking up this book, but after reading It, I found a new respect for Jenna and all porn stars. She gives you the "ins and the outs" of the biz, stripping 101. I found it very sad, some of the events that have happened to her, but enlightening the journey to where she ended up. I personally love Neil Strauss' writing, it keeps you entertained, and wanting more. I finished the book in 3 days, that's how great it is. Definite read
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