Insatiable Cover


Porn: A Love Story

By Asa Akira

Grove Press, Hardcover, 9780802122599, 241pp.

Publication Date: May 6, 2014

Asa Akira (28) has already had an extremely unusual life. Educated at the United Nations International School in Manhattan, she soon was earning a good living by stripping and working as a dominatrix at a sex dungeon. Akira has now built up a reputation for being of the most popular, hardworking, and extreme actors in the business, winning dozens of awards for her 330+ movies, including her #1 bestselling series "Asa Akira Is Insatiable."
In "Insatiable," Akira recounts her extraordinary life in chapters that are hilarious, shocking, and touching. In a wry, conversational tone, she talks about her experiences shoplifting and doing drugs while in school, her relationship with other porn stars (she is married to one) and with the industry at large, and her beliefs about women and sexuality. "Insatiable" is filled with Akira's unusual and often highly amusing anecdotes, including her visit to a New Hampshire sex shop run by a mother and son.
In a world where porn is increasingly becoming part of the mainstream, Akira is one of very few articulate voices writing from the inside. She something important, controversial, and astonishingly interesting to say about sex and its central role in our lives and culture.

About the Author
Asa Akira is a Japanese American pornographic actress. She has won numerous accolades for her work, including the coveted "Performer of the Year" award at the industry's AVN, XRCO, XBIZ, AEBN VOD, and Urban X awards and is one of the best-known and most liked people working in the porn industry today--and a budding writer.

Praise For Insatiable

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

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.”

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.”

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)

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Asa Akira had a normal, upper middle-class upbringing, so why did she become a porn star? It was the ultimate fantasy, she says. What others have called exploitative, Akira sees as empowering. More at

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