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My father, the pornographer : a memoir

In 1970, Chris's father quit his stable job as an insurance salesman, and took a chance on starting a career as a full time writer, mainly of pornography. He was extremely prolific, writing more that 350 pornographic novels and 24 fantasy novels. 

But this memoir is less about the content of the books written, and more about family. The family members are far from perfect, and (especially the father) are at times not very likable. But despite their struggles, the son ends up following in his father's footsteps and becomes a writer himself, and tries his best to understand the work his father did. 

Check out an NPR interview with the author!