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“Full Service” by Scotty Bowers with Lionel Friedberg

July 30, 2013

Scotty Bowers

Well, the boss told me when I began that librarian’s do not censor books, but wow, did this book blow my lights out! Despite the warning ‘Contents May Offend’ on the back, I was still unprepared. This book is the memoir of an ex-Marine who provided sex, support, and affection to countless people – of both genders.

Although it is a good look at life inside Hollywood and Los Angeles beginning post World War Two (Vanity Fair and the Los Angeles Times both praise the book, among many other US print publications), some of Mr Bowers’ revelations are hard to swallow, if you’ll pardon the pun.

Descriptions of sexual encounters with either sex don’t bother me.  Rather it’s the episodes earlier in his life that have my gut churning. However, no one died and made me the boss of the world, so far be it for me to judge. Rather, I have a grudging admiration for Mr Bowers’ honesty. And some of the names involved were very interesting – such as Edith Piaf, Spencer Tracy, Vivien Leigh and Cary Grant. But then again, are these his secrets to divulge? Worth a read if only for the titillation factor. 2/5 stars.

Reviewed by Tamara Jones

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