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Spent: A Memoir Hardcover – March 18, 2014
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"Revelatory, unapologetic life story of a San Francisco stripper and sex worker. A raw, searing self-portrait." - Kirkus
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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?Read more ›
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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This is a raw, grimy look at the life of an adult worker. She doesn't sugar coat it, doesn't glamorize it, shines a bright light on all her weaknesses and flaws. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bill C
This book is intense. I've never read anything about the sex industry with this level of intensity, honesty, clarity, excoriating sensitivity or ribald humor. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Joshie K
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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 morePublished 14 months ago by StephO
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