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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Legit SEX for Sale near Sin City

Every once in a while, a book really grabs my attention--so much so that I'm drawn to read it again. Such is this book about legitimate sex for sale. Lora Shaner, retired madam at Pahrump's legal brothel, Sheri's Ranch, pulls no punches in MADAME--Inside a Nevada Brothel.

From the back cover:
Sex is for sale 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in Nevada's legal brothels. Former madam Lora Shaner takes you into the parlor--and bedrooms--of Sheri's Ranch in this compelling account of the sex-for-money culture.

You'll read about Mary Clair, the nun turned prostitute; Ellen, the errant wife; Coral and Millie, the Happy-hooker tag team; Alice the pro with the heart of gold; and the turn outs, part-timers, sex addicts, adventure-seekers, and other ladies of the house.

You'll also meet the cathouse clientele: Lester, the rodeo rider who liked to warmup by playing horsey; Mr. Yamaura, who paid thousands for three minutes of pleasure; and Gold Guy, who employed Sheri's girls to help him perfect his stroke; as well as the hunks, nerds, pimps, cheapos, professional athletes, and other customers who ring the brothel doorbell at all hours.

Madam's piercing character studies and poignant sketches of day-to-day life in a legal brothel strip bare the myths about the world's oldest profession, revealing the hearts and souls of the women who sell sex--and the men who buy it.

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