‘Daughter of a Porn King’ tells her story

Cynthia Glickman – Author

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Author Cynthia Glickman grew up in a household most anyone would consider “unconventional.”

Glickman grew up in California in the 1970s, and her father was a different kind of film actor. He was a performer in the pornography industry, and their Los Angeles home was often the site for the film production. Half-dressed performers sitting at her kitchen table were a daily occurrence, and she wandered porn conventions on her own at age 7.

“Once upon a time, she was a little girl growing up in a place most of us could not identify with,” said Judi Brownfield of Elgin’s Books at Sunset.

Glickman, author of “Daughter of a Porn King,” will appear from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the bookstore, 1100 South St., to talk about the book and her childhood.

Someone suggested the book to Brownfield, who admits she was unsure if her Elgin customers would appreciate the topic. “It never crossed my mind … what could have happened to families in the industry,” she said.

But after reading the book, the story resonated with her, Brownfield said. “That childhood and the expectations and attitudes that came with it shaped Glickman into the woman she is today.”

She also found the book — and Glickman — oddly funny, Brownfield said.

“When they were passing out lives, I said I wanted mine to be a comedy,” Glickman said Thursday morning during a segment on WRMN Radio’s “Morning Wake Up Call” program in Elgin.

Decades later, Glickman said she knows there is a reason she had the childhood she did. “I have had the experience I’ve had … so I can help and reach others. There is a lot of things in our past we want to just bury. For me, it was through eating.”

Like a rock in a shoe, she said, many people ignore the problem and pretend it isn’t there but never stop to realize they are just limping along in life.

Still, Glickman had a successful life. She never planned to share her story or become an author, either. She studied and received a Ph.D in mathematics. She taught college courses and opened her own realty company in Las Vegas. But when the housing market nosedived, she found herself watching the market collapse and working with banks to sell foreclosed homes.

She hated telling people they had to leave their homes, Glickman said.

But she attended a writing workshop in Sedona, Ariz., and found that even with her math-focused brain, she enjoyed writing, too. Six months later, she wrote her story down but didn’t do anything with the manuscript.

She wrote a second book, too, called “Your Reality Sucks, Change It.”

But her laptop computer and the thumb drive with a copy of the book disappeared from her driveway.

In the meantime, she closed her business and started working as a “life coach,” helping a friend who credited her for his recovery from lupus, Glickman said.

“That was my ‘come to Jesus’ moment. I had to get my message out to the world.”

Then, six months after the laptop disappeared, police told her it had been found. Although the hard drive had been wiped, she was able to recover the manuscript.

She said all of those moments told her she was supposed to tell her story and help others come to grips with their pasts, too.

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