There is much in porn star-turned-respectable actress Traci Elizabeth Lords's just-published autobiography, Underneath It All (HarperEntertainment, $23.95), that is sure to make the average reader's jaw drop. "But I think the thing that will shock people the most," the blonde bombshell tells TV Guide Online, "is that I wrote it myself and that it really is my story.

"I've thought about writing this book for a long time," she adds. "For years, I just sat back and listened to people distort my story and make things up. So now that I'm at a point where I'm really happy and secure with who I am, I felt that it was the perfect time to take back control of how my life and my past are portrayed."

Despite the fact that Lords long ago began a new chapter of her entertainment career — she's appeared in more than 20 features since her days in blue movies like Beverly Hills Copulator — her tawdry tale is more likely to uplift her admirers than, um, get a rise out of them. "The book is a complete journey, from growing up in a small mining town in Ohio to not having my parents really being present and being raped when I was really young.

"And," she continues a bit needlessly, "I go into my years in X-rated films and how that happened and why that happened. It's not a tell-all book, though; it's not like, 'Check this out!' It comes from a more personal place. So maybe it will unlock the secrets to that and [put an end to] the myth behind the whole thing." For her sake, here's hoping.