How did you first learn about sex? If you grew up in the 1970s, it may have been from a gleefully lusty tour guide named Xaviera Hollander
In the late 1960s -- that era of sexual chaos, when Playboy Clubs and love-ins were competing for national attention -- a beautiful, intelligent young Dutch secretary named Xaviera de Vries moved to New York, grew swiftly tired of her desk job . . . and soon became the most visible and glamorous madam the city had ever seen. As Xaviera Hollander, she published a shockingly candid account of her life behind the brothel door. The Happy Hooker shot straight to the top of the bestseller lists, sold more than fifteen million copies, and made this enterprising young woman an international phenomenon.
Thirty years later, these delightfully explicit tales of the '60s and '70s swingers' scene -- including countless jaw-dropping stories of lesbianism, bondage, fetishism, and more -- remain as titillating as ever, charged with the mix of shrewd observation and uninhibited appetite that made Hollander an irresistible storyteller. The Happy Hooker is a classic: the world's greatest book on the world's oldest profession.
In the 1960s, as the sexual revolution was mushrooming, a beautiful young Dutch woman named Xaviera de Vries became the most powerful madam in New York City. In 1972, under the name Xaviera Hollander, she published a candid -read racy -account of her life behind the brothel door. The Happy Hooker shot straight to the top of the bestseller lists, eventually selling more than 15 million copies and launching Xaviera as the world's best-known observer and commentator on sexual issues. Now, thirty years later, the original is back in print - in a fabulously packaged retro edition that will bring back the experience of sneaking under the covers to read your parents' original paperback. The Happy Hooker was the book that introduced much of America to the international swinger's scene of the 1960s--lesbianism, bondage, and much, much more - and while some of its trappings are bachelor-pad picturesque today, its frank treatment of sexual appetites and practices still packs a punch. Published to coincide with Xaviera's new, more literary memoir, Child No More, this new trade paperback edition will introduce a whole new generation to the gleefully lusty tour guide that is Xaviera Hollander.