We're celebrating the publication of THE PRINCESS OF 42ND STREET: Surviving my Childhood as the Daughter of Times Square's King of Porn by Romola Hodas on Thursday, September 13 at Manhattan's Museum of Sex, 233 5th Ave, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
The book is getting great press (here's link to the article that ran in The Daily News http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny-news-porn-hodas-princess-20180731-story.html)
Next week on HBO's The Deuce, the series that explores the world of 1970's porn in NYC, the character of the author's father, Marty Hodas, appears. Saul Stein, the actor who plays her dad, called the book, "A testament to the awakening and reclamation of self, Romola Hodas [is] such a courageous voice and blessed to be given the opportunity to listen and learn. [The Princess of 42nd Street is ] a most welcome book.”
The event is free. Just ask for the Disco Room at the back of the museum.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Thursday, September 6, 2018
The Princess of 42nd Street: Surviving My Childhood as the Daughter of Times Square's King of Porn Just Pubbed
Author Romola Hoda Pens her Inspiring Memoir About Growing as the Daughter of the Man Who Created New York City’s Pornography Empire
Behind the salacious headlines, Marty Hodas’ family paid a terrible price. In her shockingly honest, no-holds-barred memoir, Romola describes hanging out as a child in her father’s porn shops on 42nd Street and meeting the eclectic clientele who frequented the stores, making friends with the girls who performed live sex acts on stage, and spying on her parents’ sex orgies and crazy all-night swinger parties. Romola relates, in moving detail, how she cared for her three younger siblings when her brilliant, bipolar mother broke with reality, and how she survived verbal, physical, and emotional abuse; a year in reform school; her father’s three stints in prison; two kidnapping attempts by the mob (one while at summer fat camp); and how her baby brother, Jarrett, actually was briefly kidnapped by mobsters wanting to send Marty Hodas a clear, unambiguous message.
“My story has its darker moments, but it is also infused with humor and hope. Hope always burned brightly inside me, even during the darkest of times,” said Romola Hodas. “My book is provocative, but also inspiring.”
For all its darkness, The Princess of 42nd Street is, at its heart, an uplifting and inspirational story of how one young woman overcame incredible odds to become a successful businesswoman who now devotes her life to helping others. Raw, unflinching, and devoid of self-pity, The Princess of 42nd Street is a one-of-a-kind story.