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"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.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Rare Bird Books, A Barnacle Book (March 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1940207061
  • ISBN-13: 978-1940207063
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #836,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By MarignyMary on 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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(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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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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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 s*** together. Toward the end of her segment we see her teaching a writing class-although i'm not sure how long she's been writing or what makes her think she can teach it - a gutsy move. She also mentioned she wrote a book, and I didn't google her right away, but this morning I remembered too. I write stories about LA so i appreciated Spent. Her writing is magnificent in a raw sense but not in the standard sense. My own style is distinctive but I try to play by the rules a bit.
Either way, I hope she's happy today and doing what she loves. If anyone watched the Lisa Ling/CNN episode about traveling strippers, you know what I mean.
I wish I was as strong as her. I wish I was more LIKE her.
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I could not put the book down and read it in two days, which is really fast for me. I wondered how a person could put their body through so much self abuse and live to tell about it. At times, as she was getting older, Crane seemed to regret her path in life, but she never apologized for it. She worked towards getting a degree, but yet, the fast money always seemed to bring her back to the sex work…like she felt that that was the only thing she was good at. It was definitely an interesting story. The book ran the lines of being somewhat liberating (her basically saying "eff" this, this is what I am doing, and I am good at it) and most definitely shedding light on the darker side of the sex industry. Some people are in to some "cray shiz".
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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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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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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. The writing jumped around and didn't really tell a story in a way that it brought you through her life in a sensible manner. I dunno. I love women and want to support all of them in their endeavors but this book really fell flat for me.
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