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How to Make Love Like a Porn StarReview - How to Make Love Like a Porn Star
A Cautionary Tale
by Jenna Jameson
Regan Books, 2004
Review by Dana Vigilante
Mar 14th 2006 (Volume 10, Issue 11)

When this book arrived I took one look at it and tried to surmise just how long it was going to take me to read. At almost 600 pages, I was a bit intimidated. After all, did I really need to know how to make love like a porn star? I think not. But, as they say, never judge a book by its cover. I read the entire autobiography in three nights and I enjoyed every single moment of it.

The story of stripper/porn star/entrepreneur Jenna Jameson begins with her childhood and growing up in different parts of the United States. Both Jenna and her older brother Tony were raised by her father and whoever he happened to be married to or shacking up with after their mother died of cancer when Jenna was two. With her older brother as her best friend and partner in crime, Jenna gets knocked down throughout her teens and continuously picks herself up out of adversity every single time. By the end of the third chapter, I actually found myself rooting for her, and that alone made the rest of the book that much more interesting to read.

Leaving home to dance at The Crazy Horse Too in Las Vegas, Jenna was the clubs top dancer by the age of nineteen, racking up to $2,000 on a good night, in tips. Getting involved in drugs, lesbian affairs and men who treated her poorly, Jenna again got herself up every time someone or something knocked her down. At one point in the book, Jenna and her brother and father all recall the time they did drugs together when they were living with Jenna's grandmother. Jenna's brother chimes in recalling the time their grandmother stole one of their eight balls of cocaine. In another chapter, Jenna receives an early morning call from her father, stating that there are eight bounty hunters on his front lawn and he needs a lawyer (as well as $25,000.). Not exactly the Brady Bunch, but you actually can't help but like this strangely dysfunctional family.

Recalling stories such as having sex with Tommy Lee while she was high on Ecstasy (she fell asleep in the middle of it, and woke up to find him still going at it), to playing the part of the "porn girl" in Howard Stern's "Private Parts", to having some sort of strange sex with Marilyn Manson, you are not sure whether to laugh or cry for this girl. However, one gets the feeling toward the middle of the book that with her brains and savvy, Jenna is going to come out of it all okay.

And come out of it okay she does. By the last quarter of the book Jenna meets Jay. Yes, he's in the industry as well, but he loves her unequivocally and the two end up getting married (but not before a few good fights). The two start a new company Club Jenna, and the epilogue hints that a baby may be in the works not too far ahead in the future.

With dozens of color and black and white photos (mostly of a topless, very well-endowed Jenna) strewn throughout the book, I was a bit embarrassed to read it in the waiting room of my doctor's office (and yes, I did remove the jacket of the book, I didn't need to world to see the title and think that I needed a lesson on how to make love). However, my initial thoughts of having to read a tarty book written by a ditzy bimbo were soon replaced by respect and admiration for a very intelligent woman who overcame much adversity in her life and managed to see past the darkness to the light.

 

2006 Dana Vigilante

Dana Vigilante is a hospice educator as well as an advocate for proper end-of-life care and a certified bereavement group facilitator. Currently writing a book based on interviews with terminally ill hospice patients, she divides her time between New Jersey and San Francisco.


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