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Spent: A Memoir [Kindle Edition]

Antonia Crane
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Book Description

A small town girl leaves her troubled family and starts stripping — which introduces her to a community that keeps her sober and saves her life — but a roller-coaster lifestyle ensues. She gets drugged, does enema shows, and unionizes the club. When she tries to quit and go to graduate school, her mother is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Broke and broken, she returns to sex work, which leads to her arrest and a new resilience. Spent is a memoir about a woman’s journey through the sex industry, but it’s also a story of family, community, and the constant struggle against loneliness.

Editorial Reviews


"Bold, brash, brutal, and beautiful, Spent grips from the beginning and is in turns shocking, touching, devastating, and loving." - ForeWord

"Revelatory, unapologetic life story of a San Francisco stripper and sex worker. A raw, searing self-portrait." - Kirkus

"Antonia Crane's writing is bold and beautiful and glimmering with light." - Cheryl Strayed

“Antonia Crane is a gift. Her writing will change how you look at the world.” —Stephen Elliott

About the Author

Antonia Crane is an adult dancer and performer whose work has been published in The Rumpus, Black Clock, ZYZZYVA, Slake, Smith Magazine, and The Los Angeles Review. She received her MFA in creative writing at Antioch University and lives in Los Angeles.

Product Details

  • File Size: 630 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Rare Bird Books, A Barnacle Book (February 24, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I2G2ZY8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #431,213 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spent-a wildly humble journey April 5, 2014
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(No spoilers I swear-just a great memoir)

Spent is a wildly bold, unapologetic look at the life of an author and a woman's journey. What is an author? William Carlos Williams was a country doctor turned author. My point-there are many varied ways, alleys, country roads and or streets one can walk down to become an author. This particular way/path was a very different way, and a different life. A sometimes sad and then maybe hopeful way-to find the "roses in a field of thorns" so to speak. Then after that, there's a possible re-invention of that life. (No spoilers for you)

Then the question goes: Can this author re-invent herself without abandoning her original world? I wouldn't call this book a memoir about the sex industry/exotic dancing as that's just putting this narrator in a box. I think we do that enough with all people, let alone sex workers. I feel that it's more about recognizing the truth of the self and being who you want to be-judgement or not. Sometimes our own narrative, is the true poem that we are afraid to write down and examine.

And yes, at times these pages will be uncomfortable to read-as that's what good writing does. I felt the allure, pain, joy, empowerment, and powerlessness in there. Life isn't just black and white. And I more so felt the author's POV in many instances-which I felt was a stronger way to tell this narrative, as just being the simple 'voyeur in the room' would have been an easy way out. I also really felt, and appreciated the tough, complex relationship she has with her family and that whole idea of 'home.'

The list goes on-it's all of that which is what makes this memoir an important read. It finally asks-what makes a person a person? Can't we be many things?
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Who in the world wrote these reviews? May 24, 2014
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This book is average at best. The writing isn't that impressive and jumps tenses erratically. It's the story about someone's series of choices which never seem to change. There is no resolution, redemption or apparent growth through the story. I don't get these glowing reviews. I wonder why folks are marveling at the story of someone who strips for a living but seems to make zero personal connections to people. The is no back story developed and you never get attached to the storyteller. The whole thing felt remote and removed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! March 24, 2014
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This is one powerful book! The author writes with a fierce honesty that makes this memoir compelling reading. It's been a long, long time since I stayed up way too late because I just didn't want to put a book down. But this book has that effect. This is her unvarnished truth. And it takes the reader on journey you will never forget! Hooray for Antonia Crane!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing And Compelling Read March 15, 2014
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I read Ms. Crane's Memoir in one sitting. She captivates you with her honestly and holds back nothing in her quest to find her path. She tells her story, albeit against all odds at times, from an always empowering point of view. This book is a page turner, so make sure you set aside ample time to delve into the world of Spent. A five star read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The inside skinny on sex-work April 29, 2014
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Antonia Crane strips, lap dances, executes hand-jobs, and grieves over the death of her mom like a real pro in her debut memoir SPENT - which is absolutely true if you're only looking at the veneer of what she presents. Because there's a darkness Crane sometimes tends to gloss over; as if going to a stranger's hotel room on Christmas night to pull a rubdown a la ménage à trios and along with her co-sex-worker discovers the stranger's feet and genitals are rotting off his body - but they still pull it off (pun intended) because she's short on rent. This is not the story of a high-end $3000 a night call girl that makes it out by getting married and turns into a soccer mom in Brentwood. Crane's world is the preverbal blue-collar stripper working her way through grad school fraught with self-doubt, negative body image, messed up relationships, financial woes, and then of course the underlining narrative of her mother dying of cancer. If you're looking for a happy airhead stripper memoir, well, this is not the book for you. But if you want the inside skinny on what sex-work is really like - then you should definitely read SPENT.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare dose of truth! March 14, 2014
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This is the most compelling and honest book I've ever read in this genre. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Normally I will read 3 or 4 books at a time and jump from one to another over the course of a few months. But I couldn't put this book down. An easy read but with so much depth and beautifully written! Love! Love! Love!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping April 1, 2014
Antonia Crane's writing is smart, sharp, raw, and tremendously poetic. Her use of details is masterful - the sign of any writer worth your read, and her unique journey through stripping, sex work, and sobriety is both shocking and inspiring all on the same page. This is a powerful and fluid read. Highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Honest, vulnerable, self-aware and unapologetic
If you're looking for pretty woman, this isn't it. This is one person's life experience in sex work. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Melissa
5.0 out of 5 stars Sexy & Sad...
A friend of mine lent me their signed copy to read. Ironically, I had met Antonia when we were both the age of 18 years old. Read more
Published 5 months ago by StephO
4.0 out of 5 stars Crane is Mesmerizing, and not just within the pages of Spent
I LOVE this title btw. Brilliant. I saw Crane on CNN and admired her, immediately. Not only was her story insane, thoughtfully portrayed, and riveting but she seemed to have her... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Christy Heron
5.0 out of 5 stars A frank, honest account of a woman's life...
Any effort to write this book off as mediocre is a futile attempt at trying to come across as a discriminating intellectual. Read more
Published 6 months ago by teerandaz007
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a wonderful and enlightening read
This was a wonderful and enlightening read. It gave me a look into a world that I don't know and made it surprisingly relatable. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Toni
5.0 out of 5 stars absolute truth !
This isn't the pretty woman version of life this is the real dealings in the life in this stripper memoir .. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jena Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars The best!
Antonia Crane is beautiful, a beautiful writer and a beautiful person. This book is amazing, breathtaking and inspiring, a must read.
Published 11 months ago by GretaG
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
I loved this book and the fact there is no fairy tale ending. Spent was time well spent reading. Will recommend to friends
Published 11 months ago by Liyah
2.0 out of 5 stars Egh
It was an easy read in the sense that it went by quickly. It was not great though. I found it really hard to sympathize with the person writing her story. Read more
Published 11 months ago by L. Mansfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!
Amazing read! I finished it in one day, with 4 small children running around me because I couldn't put it down. Raw and unfiltered and just amazing!
Published 11 months ago by Brittney
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More About the Author

Antonia Crane chases bunnies while running up Griffith Park Mountain most mornings, but has yet to catch one. She teaches a Media Writing class at UCSD to students who know more about Tumblr than she does. Her memoir about her mother's illness and the sex industry, "Spent," is forthcoming on Barnacle Books March 18th, 2014. Her other work can be found in: "The Heroin Chronicles," Soft Skull Press' "Johns, Marks, Tricks & Chickenhawks: Professionals & Their Clients Writing about Each Other," "The Rumpus," "Dame Magazine," "Salon," "Black Clock," "Slake Los Angeles," "PANK," "The Los Angeles Review" and other places.

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