We Need Diverse Ya Sale
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    Lists | June 22, 2015

    Stephen Jarvis: IMG Robert Seymour — 13 Pictures



    1. Self-Portrait. My new novel, Death and Mr. Pickwick, tells the story of the origins of Charles Dickens's first novel, The Pickwick Papers. Its... Continue »
    1. $21.00 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

      Death and Mr. Pickwick

      Stephen Jarvis 9780374139667

    spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$17.00
New Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
available for shipping or prepaid pickup only
Available for In-store Pickup
in 7 to 12 days
Qty Store Section
25 Remote Warehouse Gender Studies- Womens Studies

More copies of this ISBN

Indecent: How I Make It and Fake It as a Girl for Hire

by

Indecent: How I Make It and Fake It as a Girl for Hire Cover

ISBN13: 9781580051699
ISBN10: 1580051693
All Product Details

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Indecent is not your average I-stripped-my-way-through-college memoir. Sarah Katherine Lewis is a veteran of the sex industry who started small — doing lingerie modeling and striptease shows — but for reasons including the desire to earn more money and curiosity about other types of sex work, she moved into porn, and ultimately into illegal work.

Lewis is smart, self-aware, and bitingly funny. Where other writers in this genre have generally shielded themselves from letting things get too bad or go too far, Lewis comes face-to-face with the unimaginable. Her experiences with customers, whose fetishes and behaviors range from obscene to bizarre to twisted, are often recounted with outrageous and caustic humor. Lewis is a brilliant observer of human nature and has a read on her employers and coworkers that lends unique insight into the seedy underground of the more hardcore sex industry. Lewis is a sex worker by choice. She neither condemns nor condones the work, though she depicts her experiences with a gallows humor that reveals the complexity of professional adult sex work.

Indecent offers readers an insider's account of hard-earned lessons and acute insight gained from over a decade in the trenches of one of America's most insidious and lucrative industries.

Review:

"A 10-year veteran of the sex industry takes readers on a seedy tour of low-rent massage parlors and peep shows where she vamps in high heels and corsets, guides creepy men to ejaculate on her breasts and offers views of her privates to embarrassed gawkers. Lewis admires her co-workers and is bitingly negative about her clients. 'It occurred to me that sex work was much like toilet training,' she writes. 'We were paid to manage, direct, and tolerate their waste, ignoring the stench and cooing over their various evacuations, like erotic bathroom attendants.' She also claims to be baffled by porn's appeal, which seems disingenuous considering her often astute analysis of the mechanics of the trade. Although crudely frank about sexual positions and bodily fluids, Lewis, a 34-year-old bisexual, is slippery about her own background and motivations. Her protests that her self-esteem isn't low ring false, and its doubtful readers will believe that a National Merit scholar and self-described feminist is actually happy peeing herself for the camera. This sad exercise in denial misses the mark as either titillating erotica or bold affirmation of personal autonomy. (Oct.) " Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Indecent is a whip-smart and unorthodox chronicle of a decade in sex work that puts the emphasis on the work — where it belongs." Hanne Blank, author of Virgin: The Untouched History

About the Author

Sarah Katherine Lewis is a veteran sex worker whose cutting observations and dark humor about the nature of her work reflect the gritty realities of an industry she alternately loves and hates. For more than a decade, Lewis has done it all — from lingerie modeling and striptease shows to porn and illegal work. Indecent is a balls-out, in-your-face account of what really goes down in America's peep shows, adult massage parlors, and strip clubs.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 1 comment:

dkk, February 11, 2007 (view all comments by dkk)
Sarah Katherine Lewis is wickedly funny and whip-smart. Reading her first book "Indecent: How I Make It and Fake It as a Girl for Hire" is like sharing a long-needed marathon bull session with your best friend over cocktails. Sure, you get to learn about all of the mundane details of what it is like to work in the sex industry - but more importantly you get to laugh along with her about some of her seedier adventures, cringe along with her when she's repulsed by the work itself, and cheer along with her when she describes the strength and nobility of several of her fellow sex workers that she holds in esteem.

Sarah Katherine doesn't candy coat any of this - and what results is a MUST READ and CAN'T PUT DOWN intimate quality that leaves the reader wanting to know so much more about the author, her life, her opinions, and what she's going to write about next.

Much like David Sedaris' writing, it isn't the subject matter that makes the reading so compelling - it is her voice, humor, smarts, and unique way of looking at the world which shapes her storytelling in such a way that feels so comfortably familiar yet completely refreshing.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(7 of 10 readers found this comment helpful)

Product Details

ISBN:
9781580051699
Author:
Lewis, Sarah Katherine
Publisher:
Seal Press (CA)
Author:
Lewis, Sarah-Katherine
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Human Sexuality
Subject:
Pornography
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Pornography -- United States.
Subject:
Sex-oriented businesses -- United States.
Subject:
Gender Studies-Womens Studies
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20061031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 13.5 oz

Other books you might like

  1. Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an... Used Trade Paper $5.50
  2. Belle de Jour: Diary of an Unlikely...
    Used Trade Paper $10.50
  3. The Sexual Life of Catherine M.
    Used Hardcover $6.95
  4. Girl with a One-Track Mind:... Used Trade Paper $5.95
  5. Callgirl: Confessions of an Ivy... Used Trade Paper $7.95
  6. The Happy Hooker: My Own Story Used Trade Paper $7.95

Related Subjects

Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » General
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » General Medicine
Health and Self-Help » Psychology » General
History and Social Science » Feminist Studies » Sex Industry
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies
Reference » Science Reference » Technology
Religion » Comparative Religion » General
Science and Mathematics » Botany » General

Indecent: How I Make It and Fake It as a Girl for Hire New Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$17.00 In Stock
Product details 256 pages Seal Press (WA) - English 9781580051699 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A 10-year veteran of the sex industry takes readers on a seedy tour of low-rent massage parlors and peep shows where she vamps in high heels and corsets, guides creepy men to ejaculate on her breasts and offers views of her privates to embarrassed gawkers. Lewis admires her co-workers and is bitingly negative about her clients. 'It occurred to me that sex work was much like toilet training,' she writes. 'We were paid to manage, direct, and tolerate their waste, ignoring the stench and cooing over their various evacuations, like erotic bathroom attendants.' She also claims to be baffled by porn's appeal, which seems disingenuous considering her often astute analysis of the mechanics of the trade. Although crudely frank about sexual positions and bodily fluids, Lewis, a 34-year-old bisexual, is slippery about her own background and motivations. Her protests that her self-esteem isn't low ring false, and its doubtful readers will believe that a National Merit scholar and self-described feminist is actually happy peeing herself for the camera. This sad exercise in denial misses the mark as either titillating erotica or bold affirmation of personal autonomy. (Oct.) " Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Indecent is a whip-smart and unorthodox chronicle of a decade in sex work that puts the emphasis on the work — where it belongs."
spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.