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  • Kiss and tell, or not

    I've recently come across a number of books detailing, to different degrees and in different ways, the lives of professional prostitutes. Mainly semi-autobiographical novels or true accounts, there might actually be a trend developing ever since the 2001 publication of Diary of a Manhattan Call Girl by Tracy Quan, a former high-class escort in New York City. A continuation of sorts of her original 53-part serial in Salon.com, Diary is about high-class hooker Nancy Chan's escapades at the "tail end" of her career.

    Belle De Jour: Intimate Confessions of a London Call Girl is another book notable for being a compilation of a London escort's blog entries. (Yup.) And won the Guardian Weblog award for the best-written blog of 2003. (Yup.) Her blog is at http://belledejour-uk.blogspot.com.

    Incidentally, there was another book called Belle De Jour which was made into a movie in 1967 starring the amazingly beautiful French actress Catherine Deneuve.

    Yet another book is Callgirl by Jeannette Angell, a former Boston-based escort, now professor and novelist, who recounts her life as a paid companion after her (ex-)boyfriend absconds with her money. The now-married Angell apparently concludes her book with a call to legalize prostitution in order to encourage regulation of the sex industry.

    The latest of these books, grouped together in a general theme, is the sequel to Tracy Quan's debut, called Diary of a Married Call Girl. Yup. It seems that Nancy Chan has gotten married.

    For those who have any of these books, happy reading! Now I wish I could say the same for myself, because although I don't intend to read every one, I've yet to get my hands on a single one of them...