8 thotty memoirs to read on the beach this summer
Every bookworm babe has their genre of choice. Maybe your early obsession with Harry Potter made you a fantasy freak for life, or maybe you’re a sucker for a good murder-mystery.
I’ve read the Harry Potter series, and I used to steal my mom’s Mary Higgins Clark books in grade school, but ever since I stopped needing my mom to drive me to the library, I started becoming obsessed with a genre that I’ll call thotty memoirs.
Essentially, it’s a memoir (or an autobiography of sorts), where the girl talks heavily about her sexcapades – be that prostitution, stripping, or simply having sex with a lot of dudes who may or may not be rockstars.
You may assume these books are trashy, but many of them are super eye-opening, thought-provoking, and historical! They’re really not that different than reading the bio of any sleazy politician from history, that’s for sure.
Bonus: nowadays you can read a book on your Kindle, Nook, iPad, even your phone if you’re freaky like that. So if you don’t want to draw attention to yourself on the beach this summer with a hardcover copy of “Trust, Justice, & The American Whore,” you don’t have to.
But, seriously, read these books.
1. Sugar Babe
This was the book that opened my eyes to the very real prospect of being a sugar baby. Except this was before you could just hop on a website like Seeking Arrangement and browse through potential desperate rich dudes. The author of this memoir legit put out CraigsList ads for her “services.” Amazon reviewers complain about how the author clearly thinks she’s hot shit. But I mean, if you were getting paid to have sex with rich dudes, you’d probs feel hot too!
2. Loose Girl
I’ve read plenty of murder mysteries, but this book probably gave me more nightmares than any other. Maybe because it’s so relatable to any girl who’s ever wanted a guy’s attention (and let’s be real, we all have at some point), or maybe it’s because the author has no shame when recalling how she used to have sex with guys in hopes of keeping them interested (and we all know how that turns out). Either way, it’s a super fascinating and grounding read.
This book is not centered around sex like some of the others on this list, but punk rocker Viv Albertine’s memoir stays true to its name and involves lots of boys. Famous boys, to be exact.
Viv recounts her rise from broke girl without a musical bone in her body to forming her own all-girl punk band, but along the way we get to hear about all her flings and hook-ups with rock stars like Mick Jones of The Clash. So essentially it’s girl power without pretending like boys aren’t good for sex – amazing.
Pamela Des Barres is the OG queen of groupies, and she’s written multiple books about her fun with band dudes. This compilation features not just her stories, but stories of other groupies who may not have been quite as famous or simply might have other later claims to fame – like Elvira, who once went on a date with Elvis. We’re obsessed.
This isn’t exactly a memoir, instead it’s a compilation of sex worker Siouxsie Q’s pieces for her column in SF Weekly. The pieces read nicely together, and they range on topics from what it’s like shooting a porno, sex worker legislation, and open relationships.
What sounds equally as fun – if not more fun – than reading biographies on George Harrison and Eric Clapton? Reading the memoir of the girl who got wifed by both of them!
I think this book was the most insane page-turner I’ve read since I was eight and reading Harry Potter. Okay, well, maybe not that intense, but so fucking good. I cried a little when it was over because unlike Harry Potter, I don’t know when Jacq will write another book about what other crazy things are going on in her life. In summary, the book is about Jacq traveling the world as a stripper and the hilarity that ensues. She’s a hilarious writer and it’s an easy breezy read that you’ll whip through because it’s so damn entertaining.
If you’re looking for a more modern groupie to tickle your reading fancy, try Karrine Steffans’ memoir on for size. She’s an iconic hip-hop groupie and (obviously) a video girl who worked with Jay-Z, R Kelly, and more. If you don’t recognize Karrine by name, perhaps you know her by her nickname – “Superhead.”