The Last Living Slut: Born in Iran, Bred Backstage

Roxana Shirazi, HarperCollins/Igniter, $25.99, (336p) ISBN 9780061931352
Aghast readers may lose track of Shirazi's rock star conquests, but her shocking sexual exploits are chronicled in such can't-look-away prose that it's impossible to close this X-rated book until the last bad boy has been put to bed. While the author's explicit descriptions of backstage orgies, threesomes, and random hookups might make even the most world-wise readers blush, memoirs like this are rarely written with such edgy prose. Shirazi, who fled the Iranian revolution, barely hints at trauma caused by early sexual and physical abuse. But when it comes to accounts of rock stars' sexual proclivities, she doesn't hold back. Even as she pursues a Master's degree in English, Shirazi trysts with members, or hangers-on, of Guns N' Roses, Mötley Crüe, and assorted has-beens of the ‘80s hair-band scene still clinging to their former glory. But when the author allows herself to fall in love, her memoir takes a turn that proves disastrous in myriad ways, rubbing much of the sexy veneer off of her shenanigans. Though ultimately, no matter how readers judge her salacious life, no one can deny that she has a raw talent with words. Photos. (Jun.)
Reviewed on: 06/28/2010
Release date: 06/01/2010
Paperback - 315 pages - 978-0-06-193136-9
Ebook - 336 pages - 978-0-06-199249-0
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