Sinner Takes All: A Memoir of Love and Porn

by Steven Hammond

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Thursday December 31, 2009

Sinner Takes All: A Memoir of Love and Porn

Tera Patrick has at long last joined the group of adult film stars who have published their memoirs. Sinner Takes All: A Memoir of Love and Porn is the clever title applied to her life story, leaving no doubt as to the performer's confidence and success. As a work of literature, Tera Patrick's memoir is as straightforward as they come, and offers an intriguing look into how Tera became one of the most powerful and recognizable women in the adult film industry.

The mystery and fantasy behind Tera Patrick has now been officially dispelled. In her revealing tell-all memoir, Tera contradicts her public persona, which has been created, thrived, and expanded in the collective consciousness of fans of her films, as a thing of fantasy and desire. In her movies and magazine spreads, Tera Patrick is a woman who can be anything to everyone: a perfect woman. But with the release of her memoir, Tera Patrick will have a "real" dimension, becoming Linda Ann Hopkins once again (the name given to Tera at birth).

From humble beginnings, and with ambitions to become a supermodel, Tera Patrick has risen up the porn ranks transitioning from magazine photo-shoots to soft-core and then hardcore porn, with decisions along the way that could have destroyed her career before it ever got off the ground. After beginning a successful, yet short-lived, modeling career at the age of fourteen, young Tera began experimenting with drugs, sex, and a party-centered life style that threatened to derail all her plans. But after a "violating sexual experience" costing Tera her virginity, the "path to porn" had been revealed, bringing with it a realization about the powers of sexuality and the liberation one can gain when it is used correctly. That theme of self-discovery, and following one's own path to success, is the driving force behind Tera Patrick's tale, and whether it is unconventional or not is of no significance since her accomplishments are numerous as are her millions. Tera's unique style and character even comes through in the formatting of her memoir, as there are numerous color and black-and-white photos of her during the different stages of her life decorating the pages of the book from start to finish.

Chapter sizes are not long at all, but still packed with straight-to-the-point details, facts, and descriptions about the author's life, making the book a quick and insightful read--although readers will no doubt get distracted by some of the more artistic photos, making it that much harder to put the book down.

Sinner Takes All: A Memoir of Love and Porn is a book that you can judge by its cover, offering a sexy insight into a celeb-reality. But you explore more deeply into the meat of the book: the revelations really come through.

Publisher: Gotham, Publication Date: December 31, 2009. Pages: 287. Price: $30. Format: Hardcover original. ISBN-13: 978-1-592-405-220

Steven Hammond is a Chicago poet, photographer, and author of the book P, Anyone?