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...moreI 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 book is much more about Jenna Jameson, her life growing up, and the effects it had on her, than the "behind the scenes" commentary I was expecting. It seemed to be an attempt to figure out who she is and make sense of her past and current life. Of course, she is no longer married to Jay (as the book ends off), and depending on which sources you believe, she is either separated from Tito Ortiz, or happily in bliss. Her craving for motherhood is made clear throughout the book with her early first sexual experiences and yearning to have a true "parent" figure in her life. She takes you through her drug addictions, some photo shoots, the making of her movies, many of her sexual trysts--straight or otherwise, her career, her family drama, and her past. The book is rather long; filled with glossy photos and many black and white pictures from her childhood to present day. I would like to see her write a followup to she where she is in her 'head space' now. Her constant searching for approval, belonging, acceptance, and love is clear throughout, and manifests itself in many different ways (sex, drugs, attention seeking behavior, codependent relationships). I hope she has been able to find a bit of closure now that she has a family and has settled down and found some peace. This was definitely a fun book to read--very easy to read and surprisingly a fast read as well. The pictures are explicit (as a warning to those who are not comfortable with overt nudity but definitely add to the book. The book is punctuated by several diary entrees throughout her life, which if real, is a neat way to see the chronic issues and insecurities that have plagued her from childhood and sadly followed her to adulthood. This book is not for everyone, but it is definitely interesting!(less)
This was a very interesting read for me for several reasons. Not only is the book "right up my alley" in terms of genre and subject matter, but I was...moreThis was a very interesting read for me for several reasons. Not only is the book "right up my alley" in terms of genre and subject matter, but I was born in the same city Amanda Lindhout frequently talks about throughout her book. It was almost bittersweet reading about the lounges, clubs, restaurants she worked in, given that I frequented many of them at the same time. Additionally, I remember her face and I also remember her talking about saving for a trip (vaguely). Of course, I didn't realize this when I first started reading the book, so it was a surreal experience.
Amanda Lindhout is a truly talented writer. Her words and memories flow beautifully from page to page; I imagine it was very difficult for her to write this book. I hope that in doing so, she found some solace or catharsis.
As many people have mentioned, she is remarkably brave and honest about her feelings and recollections. I would recommend this to pretty much everyone I know for so many reasons, including her strength, resilience, and determination to survive.(less)
It took me a little longer than I would've liked to get into this book. I suppose I just wasn't "in the mood" to read it, because when I finally decid...moreIt took me a little longer than I would've liked to get into this book. I suppose I just wasn't "in the mood" to read it, because when I finally decided to finish it, I did so in the course of 1.5 days. I like Tina Fey, and find her to be intelligent, quick witted, and very funny.
This book maps her "rise" and current place in life, starting from her childhood, to SNL, 30 Rock, motherhood, and the various bumps in between. These essays are easy, quick, and fun to read. I appreciate the moments of honesty, when she is open and talking about her insecurities, her struggles etc.
Overall, I pretty funny book. After reading this, I purposefully watched an episode of 30 Rock on t.v, as a means of 'support' and a new found appreciation of all the work that goes into it. I look forward to seeing what else she in life.
"Human trafficking can only work if the victims remains invisible to the public eye". David Batstone's excellent book on human trafficking and slavery...more"Human trafficking can only work if the victims remains invisible to the public eye". David Batstone's excellent book on human trafficking and slavery is captured perfectly by this quote from the book. Each chapter takes you through a different country and a different form of slavery, opening your eyes to the horrific travesties that are often occurring right under our noses. Ignorance only serves the traffickers and those benefiting from this, and if knowledge is the best defense and way to fight , then Mr. Batstone has done us all a great service.
If possible, I truly "enjoyed" reading this book (though the subject is heart-breaking). It was written in a very "down to earth", easy to read, comprehensive manner, and provided a wealth of information. I believe we have a responsibility to educate ourselves and read books like this; it could so easily be us in these precarious, detestable situations. We are very lucky. My hope is that by educating ourselves and therefore becoming more aware to the atrocities around us, we will have the ability to make a difference and stand up for those who have been subjected to this. Educating ourselves will perhaps make us stand up to the traffickers, governments, and corrupt police and legal systems, and take notice to the lives around us, and make it that much more difficult for those profiting from this human slave trade.
It is sad to know that this is happening anywhere and everywhere--all around us, and instead of turning a blind eye, David Batstone has delved into the world of the victims and survivors to cast a light on these sadly ubiquitous, criminal, and cruel acts.
I found this book inspiring, informative, and compassionate. David Batstone provides numerous websites for those who are interested in pursuing the topic further and provides great tips on how we can make a difference and help. I highly recommend reading this book--for anyone and everyone. This is a great forum for starting a conversation, learning more, and hopefully making a step towards eradicating slavery once and for all.(less)