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The Pornographer's Daughter: A Memoir of Childhood, My Dad, and Deep Throat

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More than forty years after "Deep Throat" arrived on the cultural scene and inspired a sexual revolution, questions about the ethics of pornography and its impact on society are still being asked today and remain as controversial as ever. Kristin Battista-Frazee was only four years old in 1974 when her father, Anthony Battista, was indicted by the federal government for di ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 30th 2014 by Skyhorse Publishing (first published August 1st 2014)
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Every single person who wants to write a funny, readable, and memorable memoir needs to read “The Pornographer’s Daughter” before they write a single word. It is everything anyone could ask of a book, whether it be fiction or non-fiction.

As the title suggests, Kristin Battista-Frazee’s father worked as a distributor of porn, specifically the ever-famous “Deep Throat” starring Linda Lovelace. The entire story of “Deep Throat” is a fascinating one in and of itself. Add in the mob, the feds, the mo
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"What's your hottest selling product?" I asked my father.
"That's easy," he said. "It's the pocket rocket." ...
"Clever," I said realising I was having perhaps the strangest conversation that any daughter has ever had with her father.

Structured as a recount, this memoir follows a young Kristen from age fourteen as she learns of her fathers involvement in the adult industry. This was such an interesting read; I loved the connection between father and daughter albeit an odd one, I loved how at the
Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy reading memoirs as they let you walk a mile in someone else's shoes. This memoir was no exception. It follows Kristin's family through a difficult time in their life as her father gets arrested for his interaction with distributing the pornographic movie "deep throat". I would have preferred some more detail throughout the book and it left me at times wanting so much more detail.

I received a copy of this book through good reads first reads.
I received a copy of this book as part of the First Reads program.

It's not a bad book, but it's not earth-shattering, and the overall story falls flat as the author wanders away from the Deep Throat affair and delves into personal history that is somewhat unremarkable, which I guess is the point? That she turned out so normal despite her father's controversial career as a "pornographer"? I find the label dubious given that the author's father was a distributor and owner of adult facilities, but
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Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I got this copy of the book for an exchange of a honest review.

First of all I had to wait for weeks and I mean weeks to receive this book.
the state I have received the book was well lets say not the best and I don't think its the bad of the author or who knows but it doesn't look very pretty, a tear here a tear there..... you got my point.
Expect these I did really enjoy reading this book. I found it really interesting however I found the ending slow going.

All Together I liked the book and enjo
Paula Martin
Jan 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Eh, I think the title is a little misleading here. Her father was a distributor for deep throat. While some might find that to be repulsive, calling him a pornographer is a bit of a stretch. That storyline wasn't really enough to be the whole book, so the book is just about her somewhat odd childhood and the cast of characters. Which was interesting! And it was a quick read, and the author has a sense of humor, which really helped.
I guess the bottom line is, it's just not that remarkable, thoug
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Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it
I picked up this book as part of my on going search to find interesting non-fiction that might engage my students. Granted, I was pretty sure that a memoir with a title like: "The Pornographer's Daughter," was probably not one I was going to be able to take into my classroom, but it definitely had a catching title that I know my students would think twice about reading.

Although I was not alive when "Deep Throat" was released, I have seen "Lovelace" and have done a bit of reading about the origi
Karen Zgoda
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book. I finished it, so that means it was ok. I learned a bit about the law and the governing of pornography in the early 70's. I can see the challenges she had trying to tell people what her dad did for a living (ran the theatres and porn stores).

I kind of thought from the title that her dad was going to have been one of the actors in the porn video - but he was not.

Caitlin Keller
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
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While the actual experience of being the daughter of someone heavily involved in the distribution of pornography and other adult content, this book fell incredibly short of my expectations. The controversy around the adult film Deep Throat was huge in the 1970s and opened the discussion on pornography laws in general during a time of rapid changes within media production, distribution, and consumption. The premise is intriguing and I was interested to see how something like this would affect the ...more
Jan 04, 2015 rated it liked it
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I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

This book is an easy read and quite an interesting account of family life with a father who distributes porn and how it affects everyone's lives.

It's not a book of scandal and smut and there's no earth shattering drama and everyone's lives are relatively 'normal' but I guess that's a good thing, that the daughter didn't end up mentally scarred or affect the rest of her life in some adverse way.

A pleasant and enjoyable
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really interesting story about the author's father and how deciding to distribute the movie Deep Throat affected his home life and his professional life. The story didn't go where I thought that it would but it was very compelling. It's not a salacious read, surprisingly enough. I appreciate the research that Battista-Frazee did with her family's history.
Jayne Lamb
Disappointingly dry. Pun definitely intended.
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In addition to being an author I'm a marketing professional for non-profit organizations and start-ups. Born in Philly but raised in Florida, I currently live in McLean, VA with my husband and daughter. I graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Columbia University with a Master of Science in Social Work Degree.

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