2008 in Review: Books about Sex with Strings Attached

No tampon or puppet-fucking jokes, please

As you can tell from my lack of command of basic English grammar, I don’t read much. And when I read, I don’t read quickly. So the five books on this list I read for work, and they each happened to explore the dark side of sex for money.

1. John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches, by Jennifer Sugar and Jill C. Nelson. A must-read for porn fans and cautionary tale enthusiasts. Buy it here.

2. The Money Shot, by Christa Faust. The comeback of former porn star Angel Dare is marred by violence and betrayal. Great descriptions of Porn Valley and Las Vegas. Buy it here.

3. The Delivery Man, by Joe McGinniss Jr. As an infrequent visitor to Las Vegas, I loved the picture of Sin City’s lower-rent neighborhoods as the doomed protagonist drives hookers to their clients. Buy it here.

4. The Price: My Rise And Fall As Natalia, New York’s #1 Escort, by Natalie “Natalia” McLennan. I would still rather spend the thousands of dollars clients unloaded on Natalia by backing up a truck to the Apple Store, but McLennan’s customer service couldn’t be beat. Buy it here.

5. Glamour from the Ground Up, photos by Ed Fox. I admit this was cheating, but this coffee table book of juicy foot-centric photography (that doesn’t exclude all the other good parts) is the type of weighty tome one could almost leave out for company, explaining that one likes to support the visual arts. Buy it here.

I also read The Unbearable Lightness of Being this year, finally, and it was a great gift. While there is plenty of sex in the book, I’m not under the impression that there were any conditions.

Though Teresa thinks her husband’s hair “smells like a woman’s groin,” this is not the website for my thoughts on Milan Kundera. This site is all about porn kitsch.

Previously on Porn Valley Observed: Prather prattles, pimps periodically published porn potboiler, Memphis Monroe unpeeled for field manual; Narcissistic Personality Disorder or just two very blonde women getting paid to have sex

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