One-Minute Book Reviews

April 10, 2008

The Hooker Prize – The Year’s Most Bizarre Literary List?

Filed under: Nonfiction — 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom @ 5:26 pm
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Eliot Spitzer’s sex life prompted AbeBooks to come up with a list of nominees for what it calls the Hooker Prize, or “10 recommended non-fiction reads about hookers, madams, high-class call-girls and prostitutes” www.abebooks.com/docs/Community/Featured/hooker-prize.shtml. “Which is tautological given that call-girls and hookers are presumably subsets or synonyms of prostitutes,” Ceri Radford wrote in her blog blogs.telegraph.co.uk/arts/ceriradford/. And why did AbeBooks list only nonfiction like The Happy Hooker when Truman Capote’s great short novel, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, is about a call girl?

© 2008 Janice Harayda. All rights reserved.

4 Comments »

  1. “…hookers, madams, high-class call-girls and prostitutes”

    Agreed. Surely “prostitutes and madams” would have been adequate.

    Funny, isn’t it, how this contrasts with Churchill’s advice regarding words, shared in your previous entry? Thanks for a giggle.

    Comment by ggelliott — April 11, 2008 @ 8:11 am | Reply

  2. You’re right. Churchill would never have written that sentence about hookers, madams, and more …

    Comment by 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom — April 11, 2008 @ 8:50 am | Reply

  3. However, he might have gotten a good laugh out of it…

    Comment by ggelliott — April 11, 2008 @ 6:24 pm | Reply

  4. Definitely.

    Comment by 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom — April 11, 2008 @ 7:03 pm | Reply


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