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Asa Akira is a Japanese American adult film actress. She has won numerous accolades for her work, including the coveted "Performer of the Year" award at the industry's AVN Awards, and is one of the best-known and most liked people working in the adult film industry today--and a budding writer.
A New York Post Best Book of the Year "Akira is the Galileo of women's sexuality, shifting our culture from the 'Dark Ages' of slut-shaming into an enlightened celebration of female desire. Hot, hilarious, and engrossing, this book is a path toward greater freedom for us all: read it and evolve."--Alissa Nutting, author of Tampa "Akira is not only passionate about the porn industry, she is shameless, funny and even endearing."--Susannah Cahalan, New York Post (Best Books of the Year) "An intimate look at her life. Each chapter is filled with brutal honesty and self-deprecating humor. It's touching, inspiring, and flies in the face of a lot of people's preconceptions about the life of an adult film star. What's most refreshing is that the high points of the book aren't the double-penetration and masturbation scenes--even though that stuff is great--it's her strong storytelling, which makes her struggles and triumphs in the adult film industry super relatable."--Vice "It is common for mainstream porn stars to explain their choice of profession with some variation on "I just love sex... When Asa Akira says it, though, I really believe it... And yet, no person can act as the flawless representative for an entire group of people -- and certainly not while writing a memoir worth reading. Luckily, Akira doesn't try to do that with her book... All of which is to say, her book is a lot like her porn: raw, brutal and always unflinching."--Salon.com "A hypersexual narrative of the author's experiences making adult films ... Akira acknowledges that her positive experience in pornography is not necessarily representative... [but] is happy to be a porn star... For Akira, the "right reason" for her own career has been that she enjoys her job. If that changes, she says, she'll leave."--NPR "All Things Considered" "In her debut book, Akira finds an inimitable voice from the inside in a world where porn is increasingly becoming part of the mainstream."--Examiner.com "Relentlessly risque... a lascivious, personalized journey through the pornography industry... and the frequently hilarious, surprisingly humbling anecdotes of a life spent having sex for the camera... Alive with an unconventional affinity for raw human sexuality, this exuberant memoir is effortlessly honest, without coming across as cavalier or catty. [Akira's] passion lies in the rush and the "high" of the perfectly filmed sex scene. Open-minded readers will find themselves bombarded by a carnal locomotive of industry insider secrets and amusing observations... Puritans take note: Nothing is left to the imagination in this hypersexual memoir of life as a porn star."--Kirkus Reviews "Akira gives even the most household items ... an entirely new meaning. Forget all the stuff you thought you knew about porn--truth is, you'll never look at Baby Wipes, Q-Tips and Ziploc bags the same way again."--LA Weekly "In this no-holds-barred memoir--which at times take on the form of letters, haiku, and diary entries--Akira shares her personal experiences working as a celebrated porn actress. [Akira] gives intriguing insight into the industry, particularly the bits about porn stars' private and public lives and her own attempt to maintain a meaningful romantic relationship."--Publishers Weekly "Asa Akira is the latest addition in a wave of highly raunchy but fiercely unapologetic female porn stars."--Globe and Mail "Asa Akira is insatiable in every sense of the word. Insatiable is, at turns, laugh-out-loud funny (the book is punctuated with naughty haikus, such as 'Home from Trader Joe's/Was it there for that whole time?/Dried cum on my chin'), poignant (she writes imaginary letters to her future unborn child and her mother, with whom she is close but does not discuss her career), and outrageously politically incorrect... But above all else, it's a brutally honest look at one woman's journey through the adult industry, which Akira says the ultimate culmination of her exhibitionist fantasies."--The Daily Dot "The multitalented porn star Asa Akira's twitter has been shared a ton and now I'm fully obsessed with her... she's so freaking hilarious that I'd be as into her if she were a comedian and not a porn star, but she wouldn't be making as much money in comedy because of society... funny, but important ... witty and clever."--Blisstree.com "Asa Akira is on a mission: To improve the sex lives of men & women around the world ... and if anyone can do it, it's probably her."--MaxManGuide.com "In the past couple years Akira has made her stamp on the business as one of the most dynamic sexual performers of all-time as evidenced by her whopping 10 AVN awards at the previous two award ceremonies."--Peace! Magazine (Canada)