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How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale

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When the stewardess brought me off the plane in a wheelchair, I lowered my head. I was too scared to even look at my father. I didn't want to see the disappointment and horror on his face. All that hate I had accumulated for him over the years, all the resentment against him for not understanding what I was going through, just released with the tears.
"So, where are your pa
Hardcover, 592 pages
Published August 17th 2004 by It Books (first published 2004)
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Here is one weird thing about this book: It's about six hundred pages long, but about a third of that is pictures.

Here's another thing about this book: during intense passages about things like rape, there will be pictures of porny-ass ol' Jenna with a gallon of lipstick on showing up her butt, or something. Which could totally work in two ways: either as total, 'you are reading this for the porniness' exploitive cash-in, or in a meta, 'here is the reality, looks how different it is from the wa
I think this is a story of survival. (Why do people always look at me funny when I admit to having read this?) Being the queen of her business that she is, I read it wanting to know what made her tick. "Sex" is the popular answer to that. But that's really not the truth. She admits to loving sex, but she dispels the myth that porn stars are sex addicts who want to get paid for their source of pleasure. She's very honest about admitting how bad the sex industry can be. The fact that she survived ...more

Jenna Jameson attempts to write. Where do I begin? First of all, there is a difference between an interesting story and a well-executed story. When both elements are there, you have a great story. Her life story is definitely not boring, but her life in story-form is delivered very poorly, not to mention it's about 300 pages too long.

I must add that I knew, kind of, what I was getting into: I knew she didn't have a writing background (or an e
Hunger For Knowledge
What I love about Neil Strauss's writing is its simplicity and a cheerful, entertaining tone even when the subject or tales are serious, often traumatic as well. This is the case with the biography of well known Porn Star Jenna Jameson.

This is a big book, including a lot of details from Jameson's past, her family relationships, her career and all the troubles and happiness in her life as well as containing general knowledge about the porn industry. This is combined with lots and lots of pictures
The Good: I was really sort of impressed with Jenna Jameson after reading this autobiography. She's been through so much to get where she is, and she puts it all out there. The book didn't come off as though it had an agenda as some of these tend to. There was no feeling of attention seeking, excuses or seeking redemption - just the uncut story of her life. I, of course, loved the more scandalous aspects of the book - the celebrity tell-all stuff. I also loved how the book showed that not everyt ...more
This book is nearly 600 pages, and yet I read it in only a couple of days. Clearly I enjoyed it if I read it so quickly while having as busy of a life as I do. And yet at the same time, I would also offer up a few rather critical comments. The first is that it's the most self-indulgent autobiography I've ever read. If Benjamin Franklin's autobiography can clock in at under 150 pages, anyone's can. The author(s) leave no stone unturned. EVERYTHING is crammed in this book. Diary entries, pictures ...more
Dont let the 600 page length of this book fool you, a lot of it is pictures, photocopy journal entries, and fluent but childish writing style. Still, story wise this is indeed interesting as hell in my opinion, but I'm in to this kind of thing. If you care not for stripper/porn star stories you should obviously not read this, but that's what's right up my alley so I take it for what it is. It was suggested to me that everything she says in this book is a lie but I have no idea, I take it at face ...more
The book had some predictable content but far less than you would imagine. The narrative is candid (sometimes too much so) and a light, quick read. There are some excerpts from Jenna's diary which looked so genuine that I would be very surprised if they forged it. It's also amazing to see how her dad took to the news of her becoming a porn star - very well in fact, although she came from a reasonably "normal" family. Her relationship with her brother is also pretty special.

Some parts of it real
This was a strange book.

I had sat down to read a few pages of this book, and before I knew it I was 300 pages deep. This book was undeniably addicting at first, and was certainly a page-turner, but it soon took a turn for the worse.

To begin with, Jenna is clearly lacking in her writing skills, which wasn't surprising. On top of that, this book is filled with unnecessary things. A good chunk of this book is made-up of dialogue between her, her father, and her brother. It was enjoyable at first, b
Okay. Well. It was interesting. What else can I say about this book? I found myself frustrated because it felt like it was written by, well, someone who never quite took school as a priority and started stripping and having sex on film for money. Which makes Jenna Jameson sound worse than I think she actually is, but... that's how the book reads.

The story of her life is a bit predictable with the standard troubled childhood and life of trials and hardships, but to Jenna's credit, she does admit
Angeline Peterson
I didn't have high expectations for this book, considering it was written by a porn star with little education. But I came out realizing that Jenna Jameson has a firm grasp of who she is, where she's been, and how to market herself better than any porn star on the planet. She's witty and introspective; making the traumatic times in her life seem like a mere stepping stone. She's been through so much: the death of her mother, drug addiction, the porn industry, yet she managed to come out of the o ...more
Barbara Skuplik
I think that like most other readers of this book, I was looking for and expecting a fun, light read,and a personal take on the porn industry from the inside--some juicy details and "secret behind the scene" recollections. There seems to be such a fascination with this industry, with many people wondering "how could they do that", while curiosity gets the best of us. What I got was a much more raw, honest, and personal story of what many consider to be the "Queen of Mainstream Pornography". This ...more
Sex work is such a fascinating cultural phenomenon! Which is why I’ll warn you now that this may be a relatively lengthy and tangential rant-slash-book review. I’ll also warn you, in case it wasn’t 100% obvious from the title and topic of How to Make Love Like a Porn Star, this book is quite pornographic in nature and should be purchased with caution by those of more delicate sensibilities.

Sex work is frequently identified as the oldest profession in the world, and society has gone through a wh
Me he terminado este libro para poder rajar? Me he terminado este libro para poder rajar.

A ver, a ver, a ver... Digamos que la culpa es mia porque me gusta mas un titulo reshulon que a un PePero un sobre con dinero, y que no lei la contraportada para asegurarme de que iba. PERO, este libro es malo nivel mucho!

Para resumir, el libro promete en el titulo contar el trasfondo del mundo del porno, donde todo parece muy excitante, superdivertido, y tal, y en realidad el libro es una autobiografia de J
Callie Rose Tyler
This book contains adult material....duh

This book is enjoyable but it really depends on what you are hoping to get out of it.

Going into this I knew absolutely nothing about Jenna Jameson and quite frankly, I don't know if I would have been able to pick her out of a line-up. (This has now changed since this book has approximately 3,000 billion pictures of Jenna in various stages of undress.)

No, I'm not a fan, the reason I picked this up was because I had recently watched the Lovelace bio-pic star
This was a book club read and I have to say that I was a little scared to pick it up. Not only because I'm totally unfamiliar with the world she lives in, but also because there are like 1000 naked pictures of her in the book and you can't possibly read this anywhere out in public.

Overall I thought it was interesting. She certainly doesn't hold back and there were a couple of things that totally grossed me out. In fact there were a lot of things that totally grossed me out, but a few that I tot
How am I going to describe this book? For starters, I'm a porn fan, but not of Jenna Jameson. In porn, she is plastic, superficial and pathetic. This did not dampen my curiosity, however. I am an avid reader of the writings of the porn star Stoya; the difference is that Stoya has an extremely sharp intellect.

Jenna Jameson's autobiography is well-written. It is also frustratingly laid out, much like her life. It is filled with photographs; broken up with interviews; punctuated with comic strips;
It was cleverly written, but I don't think it was written by her exactly. I feel bad making the assumption that a once drugged up stripper turned porn star/diva couldn't write that well, but it is written in the first person and it's not referred to as an autobiography, either. Plus it says Jenna Jameson with some guy who wrote for the New Yorker.

It was hot though. Cause there was sex in it, that's cool. In a real way and not to knock romance novels, but in a non-romance novel way.
Aug 16, 2007 Vanessa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those as fascinated with the porn industry as I
Maybe it's all Howard Stern's fault - but ANYTHING Porn, that's not really porn, I just gotta read. Jenna really truly is a good person and her memoir is both funny, sad, touching, and totally interesting from start to finish. She's a straight shooter and tells her story, just the way it happened. There's a bit too much packaging: goofy comics, lots and lots of photos - but hey, she'll do anything for her fans. Would love to have a meal with her one day.
Oh, Jenna, I was rooting for you to step up to the plate and show the world that you are a strong and independent force to be reckoned with. Perhaps prove to be a brilliant businesswoman who made her way in the world and overturned misogyny and maltreatment in the given field. This was almost unreadable blather. Stick to fucking.
I actually really enjoyed this book. It was an eye opening (and occasionally a jaw dropping) look into a world whose reality I could not even dream of. I came out of the book with a great deal of respect for her, which I would never have guessed going into it.
Terrrriiiibbblle. Throughout the entire book Jameson is trying to convince us that she is not your typical porn star, but the events described in this book achieve the complete opposite of what was intended.

First, a tangent:
Believe it or not, it was for Neil Strauss and not Jenna Jameson that I picked up this book. He's great trashy reading, a real talent for Lifestyles Of The Odious Yet Compelling. The Game was one of the funniest books I read last year – hell, ever - it was a totally bizarre story to live through, and Strauss was the right guy to tell that story. Sure, the veracity is suspect since everybody wants to make themselves look good – and Strauss, being a master pickup artist himself, k
I got some sideways looks reading it in waiting rooms and my mom wanted to know why I wasn't reading "something else", and I'm sure there's a large segment of the world that would not enjoy reading this and would find it vulgar and think it shows what society is coming to... and I'm not even saying they're wrong. I don't feel like it was a waste of my time to read it though. It's more interesting and serious than you would think judging by the cover. I'm surprised at some of the serious issues ...more
Oddly enough, before reading this I respected Jenna Jameson for her no-holds barred attitude that led her to the top of the porn industry. Unfortunately, after reading this, I lost most of that respect. This book is 600 pages of Jenna Jameson, in no apparent order, with random pictures, sometimes captioned, sometimes not, splashed next to stories of violence, self-destruction, and a person who takes a stand for herself in terms of business but is so insecure that half the book is just about her ...more
Chris DePoy
This is not an instructional book. This is a coming of age story about a young outcast who grew up to be one the most famous models in entertainment. I have read other books that Rolling Stone’s Neil Strauss had help write and publish such as Motley Crue’s The Dirt, Marilyn Manson’s Long Hard Road Out of Hell, and Dave Navarro’s Don’t Try this at Home. However, I will say this one was very intelligently crafted, and Jameson’s journal entries show it was her hand that had crafted most of this sto ...more
From the moment I heard about this book, I was interested. What could possess someone to become a porn star? What are the motivations? Of course this was only one woman's story, but my thoughts on porn stars didn't change much.

Jenna Jameson has lived a pretty disturbed and hard life, that's for sure. I think she's a really strong woman for coming out and saying some of the things that happened to her.

Regardless of my personal feelings regarding the subject matter, it was interesting to see how s
Kerry Connelly
LOVING this book! Filled with extras like amusing comic strip pieces as well as diary entries from girl to woman hood and a myriad of personal and profesional photos.
Some critics have scrutinised the extras saying it's narrsasistic and over the top- but i though they worked really well, giving a fun and intimate look at her life which broke up the text really well.

The book details personal stories of the relationship with her father, the shenannigans she got up to with her brother,sexual abuse
OK, you already know the stereotype of the Stripper/Porn Actress: Raped at an early age, an emotionally un-involved father, and the meth-head, tattoo shop owner boyfriend--who's uncle raped her and then raped and strangled her best friend.

The author is a self-confessed E! junkie and it definately shows in her writing style. She never seems to let the facts get in the way of a good story. The timeline seemed to jump erratically, and the narrative was constantly interrupted by useless teenage dia
I bought this book on a whim many years ago and just never got around to reading it. At the time I was very interested in women's empowerment and sexuality, and since Jenna Jameson did have some crossover success, and was one of the biggest money makers in the porn industry I was interested in reading a little more about how she achieved that success.

Honestly, I think she gives herself a lot more credit than she deserves.... she also repeatedly calls herself a "good girl" when describing her ch
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Jenna Jameson (born Jenna Marie Massoli on April 9, 1974) is an American pornographic actress and entrepreneur who has been called the world's most famous porn star and "The Queen of Porn".
She started acting in erotic films in 1993 after having worked as a stripper and glamour model. By 1996, she had won the three top newcomer awards from pornographic film industry organizations. She has since wo
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