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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
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
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
© 2006 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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