Child No More: A Memoir

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Harper Collins, Jun 4, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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In the bestselling The Happy Hooker and subsequent books, Xaviera Hollander became famous for her unforgettably candid and racy stories of life as a New York madam catering to a sophisticated international clientele during the 1960s and 70s. Yet this remarkable woman's sexual escapades form only a part of her own remarkable life story—a story she reveals for the first time in the pages of this literary memoir, Child No More. It was a life begun in terror: Two months after her birth, young Xaviera de Vries and her mother were confined in a prison camp during the WWII Japanese occupation of Indonesia; her father, a doctor, was imprisoned in another camp. Two years later, summoned to treat a sick child, he operated on his own daughter without realizing her identity. But that story is just the start of an extraordinary memoir in which she traces her own life—and sexuality—as it was influenced by the example of her parents: her father, a dapper and witty Jewish psychologist and intellectual, her mother the gorgeous daughter of conventional German parents, and a target of Nazi enmity for her association with a Jew. With breathtaking but entirely characteristic—frankness, Xaviera revisits how her parents' own tempestuous relationship (and her father's licentious lifestyle) shaped her own life story. As she chronicles her eventual departure for New York, her entree into the world of prostitution, and her years of international celebrity, she reveals for the first time how her parents' lives continued to entwine with her own, as she endured years of separation from her father, and even stood by her mother as she entered a fulfilling lesbian relationship in the last years of her life. Told in the utterly frank and unquenchably inquisitive voice that marks all her work—yet from an entirely new and ultimately more honest perspective—Child No More recounts a surprising and ultimately uplifting "voyage of discovery through three lives."

 

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Contents

Prologue
1
The Medic and the Model
15
Mick Remembered
25
Germaine Persecuted
31
Old Flames Keep Smoldering Micks Narrative
37
A Childs View of Hell
45
Through the Bamboo
54
Father Courage Micks Narrative
61
I9 Watergate Watershed
160
2O Two Deaths
167
2 Lonely No More
185
Expect the Unexpected
205
Don uan
212
A Child No More?
220
Living Together Apart
231
27 Life With and Without Romke
239

Picking Up the Pieces
69
Growing Pains
80
Mick the Magician
89
Family and Friends?
99
My Heart Belongs to Daddy
105
l7 Mother and Daughter
143
I8 New York New York
150
From Cooker to Booker
245
5O Germaine and Suffering
260
Swan Song Germaznes Narrative
275
The Long Farewell
286
Sorrow Knows No Frontiers
295
Speech at the Graveside
301
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About the author (2002)

Xaviera Hollander's first book, The Happy Hooker, was published in 1972; since then it has been translated into fifteen languages and sold millions of copies around the world. Hollander began writing the column Call Me Madam in Penthouse that same year -- a role she fulfills to this day -- and has been named the magazine's most popular columnist. Now a promoter of the arts in her native Holland and the author of more than a dozen books, she divides her time between Spain and Amsterdam.

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