I admit that I gave this memoir five stars instead of four because I know the author, though only distantly. I admired her writing early in her career...moreI admit that I gave this memoir five stars instead of four because I know the author, though only distantly. I admired her writing early in her career and when I finally read this memoir I was pretty blown away. I hear a lot of hating in the comments, but that doesn't really make sense to me. It's really quite a beautifully-written book. Maybe memoir is just one of those things that either clicks with you or doesn't. But I've read a lot of books about sex work, and this one was unquestionably one of the most insightful, sex-positive, and non-judgmental. More importantly, it was amazingly poetic at times and a pleasure to read just for the writing style.
Lauren is close(ish) to my age and I felt very much like the generational aspect was very close to my experience. A lot of the wacky bohemians she knew in NY were similar to those I knew in SF, and the era she describes, I remember vividly. That scenery coexists with the bizarre, dysfunctional, warped, emotionally sadistic world of the prince's harem, and the juxtaposition is utterly demented. I really enjoyed almost everything about this book.(less)