This 1988 book is subtitled "My Life as a Prostitute," and it's a fairly straightforward and honest account of the author's experiences and observations. (She was active mainly in the Atlanta area.) French talks about serving regular male clients, Japanese and black customers, and females, as well as adjusting to the era of AIDS and becoming active in public campaigns for workers rights. There's nothing evasive or smarmy about her writing, though she has a certain dry wit: Of her defense attorney boyfriend's attitude toward her work, she writes, "our jobs are quite similar -- we both free-lance, we both get paid in advance, and we both try to get our clients off."
This report prepared by David Loftus