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Book Review: 'Bought' by Anna David

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On Thursday 5/28 (tomorrow) at 7:00 p.m., Anna David will be reading from, and signing copies of "Bought." This goes down Book Soup in West Hollywood. Ms. David will be accompanied by star of HBO's "Cathouse," and employee of the world's oldest profession, Brooke Taylor. "Bought" is out now on Harper Collins.

Anna David (writer/TV personality/Twitteraholic) recently told LAist she’s obsessed with writing about the “seedy underbelly” of “so-called glamorous things.” In “Bought,” her second novel, David does just that, exploring the sexy, dysfunctional world of Hollywood's "kept women."

“Bought” follows Emma Swanson, a young journalist who would call herself “up and coming” if her superiors asked, though they're not. As a complacent red carpet reporter, with no luck tracking down important A-list interviews, she finds the only thing less satisfying than her work-life is her dating-life.

When she finds a story that’ll move her up the magazine ranks, and off the red carpet, Emma submerges herself into the world of kept women. That’s where she meets Jessica.

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Jessica is Yale educated, super outgoing, and dresses better than those styled professionally. Her bedfellows are big Hollywood players, and oh yeah. Jessica’s a kept woman. She gets trips to Barney’s, fancy meals, all her bills paid, and more. That's in exchange for her time and body (read: genital rental.) While seeming cousins to (better-than-Craigslist) prostitutes, Jessica's no hooker. She doesn’t take any money for her services.