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How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale is the autobiography of adult film star Jenna Jameson, published August 17, 2004. It was mainly written by co-writer Neil Strauss, later famous for writing The Game, and published by ReganBooks, a division of HarperCollins. It was an instant best-seller, spending six weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list.[1] The autobiography also won the 2004 "Mainstream's Adult Media Favorite" XRCO award in a tie with Seymore Butts's Family Business TV series.

How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale
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AuthorJenna Jameson with Neil Strauss
Publication date
September 1, 2004
Media typePrint (Hardcover)
791.4302/8/092 B 22
LC ClassPN2287.J295 A3 2004



The nearly 600 page book is divided into Books numbered with Roman numerals, each preceded by an epigraph from a Shakespearean sonnet.[2] The narrative is told through a series of first person accounts, interviews with her family, diary entries in a font resembling handwriting, personal photos, movie scripts, and comic book panels.[3] It covers her life from her childhood to her beginning in show business as a stripper, living with her tattoo artist biker boyfriend, and ends with her receiving the Hot D'Or award at Cannes and her second wedding.[2] Jameson tells of multiple rapes, drug addictions, an unhappy first marriage, and numerous affairs with men and women.[4]

The book was translated into German as Pornostar. Die Autobiographie (ISBN 978-3-453-67504-9) in November 2005,[5] Swedish as Att älska som en porrstjärna – en sedelärande berättelse in 2005 and Spanish as Como hacer el amor igual que una estrella del porno (ISBN 978-84-270-3190-6) in January 2006.[6] Jameson dedicated the book to her late mother, Judith Hunt.


Jameson has expressed interest in having actress Scarlett Johansson play her in a feature film version of the book. A representative for Johansson, however, has stated that Johansson has no interest in such a role.[7]

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Strauss has written a similarly titled and themed book, How to Make Money Like a Porn Star, mainly in graphic novel format, and without Jameson's participation. Strauss wrote it from stories he learned of while researching Jameson's book.[8] Like How to Make Love..., How to Make Money... also features different formats, including magazine articles, fake advertisements, and an activity book.



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