There she met and became engaged to John Weber, an American economist.
When the engagement was broken off, she left South Africa for New York.
Robin Moore, who took Hollander's dictations of the book's contents, came up with the catchy title, while Yvonne Dunleavy either transcribed the book The book was notable for its frankness by the standards of the time, and is considered a landmark of positive writing about sex.
In the book Hollander detailed her life as an open-minded woman.
In the early 1970s she recorded a primarily spoken-word album titled Xaviera!
In 1971 she was arrested for prostitution by New York police and forced to leave the United States.
In 1971 Hollander published a memoir, The Happy Hooker: My Own Story.
Hollander was born Xaviera "Vera" de Vries in Soerabaja, Dutch East Indies, which later became part of present-day Indonesia, to a Dutch Jewish physician father and a mother of French and German descent.In her early 20s, she left Amsterdam for Johannesburg, where her stepsister lived.