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Wonder Bread & Ecstasy: The Life and Death of Joey Stefano

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  104 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
The meteoric rise and sudden, dramatic fall of a young gay male porn star.
Paperback, 220 pages
Published November 1st 1996 by Alyson Books
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Anna Nelson
May 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
not what i really expected at all! "Butt", I guess u can judge a book by its cover sometimes
Jan 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: gay
A very good book, but a very sad story.
Gay City LGBTQ Library
May 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: missing
This book gave a great description of how individuals that work in nontraditional careers are able to create amazing bonds and friendship because of their line of work. It brought me into an industry that I had no clue what to expect. It also showed that drugs can be fun in moderation but becoming addicted can turn those bonds that people create to nothing. It had me laughing at times and crying at others. I would definitely recommend this read to others.
Oct 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: biographies
This was a "discount bin" purchase and has been sitting on my shelf for a while. I remember being initially intrigued because I realized that I knew the name 'Joey Stefano', despite being unfamiliar with his work. Also, having known a fair number of escorts, dancers, and porn performers in my life, I'm always interested in hearing the stories of such, as they often have some of the richest and most poignant tales to tell. Isherwood does a good job of painting a vivid portrait of Nick Iacona, the ...more
Douglas Gibson
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Amazingly well-written book that does so much more than tell the tragic story of Joey Stefano. This book provides insight into the porn industry's boom in that crazy time in the 80's and early 90's before the internet, it further explains addiction, and the self-destructive nature of some of us.
Thomas Lampion
some are born to be teachers, some are born to lives of servitude. some arguably, if you wish to consider joey stefano's case as written by isherwood, were born to do porn. this is by no means, an unfamiliar story for anyone whose been sick in bed for a day confined to watching a string of "e! true hollywood story" episodes or believes the myths the press string along for every unfortunate, young celebrity who dies of an overdose. isherwood barely saves the book from becoming an overlong celebri ...more
Scott Williams
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Humans have always elevated certain of our number -- warriors, athletes, artists, poets -- we've idolized them, worshipped them and looked to them as models for ourselves. In the 20th century, no one is more idolized than the movie star. With few exceptions, gay men have not had positive movie star idols to look up to. It's not surprising then, that porn stars have sometimes come to fill that need. Sadly, in most cases, porn stars are not the best examples to look up to.

I admit to having a certa
Nov 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
This book was on my shelf for awhile, not really sure why I got it in the first place once I pulled it out to read it. After awhile the book got rather repetitious: porn/hustling, drugs, disappointment, start over. Chapter after chapter of that, it got old. This was a book I had to force myself to finish. The book had no real depth to it. Yes, lots of people were interviewed to give their respective comments on his life but in the end the whole thing came across as shallow and superficial.
Up and coming gay porn star Joey Stefano, becomes and huge success in the adult film industry. He becomes so big that he actually changes the focus of the film from the "tops"(penetrator) to the "bottoms"(reciever). But when he starts to use drugs he is faced with some skeletons coming out that he cannot deal with and dies.

Good book. I hadn't known him before then but it is quite a read.
Aug 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I don't know why, but I spotted this book while working at Borders. It was sitting next to the poetry section. I had to pick it up. I borred it for a few days and that's all it took me to read the whole book. It's a tragic story, but interesting. Check it out if you have time and very open minded.
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