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Spiotta, Dana 1966-

Overview
Works: 15 works in 123 publications in 9 languages and 4,091 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Domestic fiction  Bildungsromans  Catalogs  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Literature  Periodicals  Podcasts 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PS3619.P566, 813.6
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Most widely held works about Dana Spiotta
 
Most widely held works by Dana Spiotta
Innocents and others : a novel by Dana Spiotta( Book )

26 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 1,157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The most ambitious, accomplished, and beguiling novel yet from the author of the National Book Award finalist Eat the Document and the National Books Critics Circle Award finalist Stone Arabia. Innocents and Others is a riveting story about three women looking for meaning in friendship, work, and love--"Dana Spiotta is a major unnervingly intelligent writer" (Joy Williams, author of The Quick and the Dead). They've always been friends, and they both become filmmakers: Meadow, who makes documentaries, and Carrie, who makes popular movies with a feminist slant. They grew up together in LA, sharing an obsessive love of film. Their friendship is complicated, but their devotion to each other trumps their wildly different approaches to work and to being in the world. Their lives collide with Jelly, a woman whose most meaningful encounters happen on the phone. Jelly cold calls powerful men and seduces them not through sex but through listening. All the women grapple with the consequences of their actions and with the question of how to be good: a good artist, a good lover, a good friend, a good mother. They all fall short, but as they struggle toward an acceptance of their limits, they approach a kind of release. A startlingly acute observer of the way we live now, Spiotta is a "wonderfully gifted writer with an uncanny feel for the absurdities and sadnesses of contemporary life, and an unerring ear for how people talk and try to cope today" (The New York Times). She is masterful at evoking the complexity of identity, the corrosive nature of technology, the tyranny of the body, and the enduring longing for connection. Innocents and Others is an ambitious and unforgettable new novel, "a literary marvel...her aim is nothing less than redemption, and she delivers" (Mary Karr, author Lit and The Liars' Club)"--
Stone Arabia : a novel by Dana Spiotta( Book )

24 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,047 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sharing a close bond that supersedes other relationships, Nik, a fiercely reclusive musician, and Denise, his dedicated sister and solitary audience member, become increasingly isolated in the wake of Nik's obsessive work
Eat the document : a novel by Dana Spiotta( Book )

20 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in 6 languages and held by 1,038 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the 1970s, Bobby Desoto and Mary Whittaker -- passionate, idealistic, and in love -- design a series of radical protests against the Vietnam War. When one action goes wrong, the course of their lives is forever changed. The two must erase their past, forge new identities, and never see each other again. Now it's the 1990s. Mary lives in the suburbs with her fifteen-year-old son, who spends hours immersed in the music of his mother's generation--and she has no idea whether Bobby is alive or dead. An ambitious and powerful story about idealism, passion, and sacrifice, Eat the Document shifts between the underground movement of the 1970s and the echoes and consequences of that movement in the 1990s. It is a riveting portrait of two eras and one of the most provocative and compelling novels of recent years. --- From back cover
Lightning field : a novel by Dana Spiotta( Book )

19 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 463 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mina is slowly losing interest in her screenwriter husband, her two lovers, her job in a trendy restaurant, and the rest of her life in postmodern Los Angeles
Stone Arabia : a novel by Dana Spiotta( )

11 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Growing up in the late 1970s and early 80s, siblings Nic and Denise embraced a close bond. Nic was always an artist and a musician, but now his art has become an obsession that he struggles to show to the world. Denise is still his biggest fan, but the pressures of adulthood are beginning to take its toll
Innocents and others : a novel by Dana Spiotta( Recording )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Meadow and Carrie have everything in common, except their views on sex, power, movie-making, and morality. Their lives collide with Jelly, a loner whose most intimate experience is on the phone. Jelly is older, erotic, and mysterious. She cold calls powerful men and seduces them not through sex but through listening. She invites them to reveal themselves, and they do
Eat the document : a novel by Dana Spiotta( )

11 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the 1970s, Bobby Desoto and Mary Whittaker -- passionate, idealistic, and in love -- design a series of radical protests against the Vietnam War. When one action goes wrong, the course of their lives is forever changed. The two must erase their past, forge new identities, and never see each other again
Jack Walls : ADA, a series of collages by Jack Walls( Book )

in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Niewinni i cała reszta by Dana Spiotta( Book )

2 editions published in 2018 in Polish and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Total Loss Farm; a year in the life by Raymond Mungo( )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

In making her selection for Pharos Editions, Dana Spiotta tells us how drawn she was by the work of Raymond Mungo. "[He] writes ... about his own joy and his own pain, he is particularly good when he describes the land around him and how it feels on his body." Indeed, if Henry David Thoreau had downed a handful of liberty caps before penning Walden it would have read much like Mungo's Total Loss Farm, a rollicking memoir of the late 1960's back-to-the-earth movement. Written in a limber prose style formed by the tempo of the times, Mungo takes us into the cultural tsunami of a failed radical politics as it broke on the shoals of a drug-fueled personal freedom and washed inland across the farmlands of Vermont, leaving a trail of damage and redemption in its wake. Total Loss Farm attracted widespread critical and commercial attention in 1970, when the "back-to-the-land" hippie commune movement first emerged. The book's first section, "Another Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers," appeared as the cover article in the May 1970 issue of Atlantic Monthly. The hardcover first edition from Dutton was quickly followed by paperback editions from Bantam, Avon, and Madrona Publishers, keeping the book in print for several decades. Very recently, Dwight Garner in the New York Times Book Review cited Total Loss Farm as "the best and also the loopiest of the commune books."
Artists and survivors : lost and found in L.A. by Janet Fitch( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The struggles of an artist's life are re-examined through a modern urban lens by these two critically acclaimed novelists. In Spiotta's Stone Arabia, a fifty-year-old musician sinks away from public life until his niece begins to make a film about him, bringing many vulnerabilities to the surface. Fitch's Paint it Black unravels the painful aftermath of the suicide of the son of a renowned pianist. Both novels, set in Los Angeles, vibrantly depict characters who are inspired and destroyed by music--and question the consequences of being an artist
Tin House by Win McCormack( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

From the website: Aeschylus posited, "Memory is the mother of all wisdom." While true, memory also can be a trickster, and cruel. And why are some of our most emotionally laden memories incomplete, a scent or color or image triggering a flood of half-remembered events accompanied by an overwhelming sense of joy or dread? In this issue we wrestle with this imperfect and changeable source of all writing. Stephen King, Kevin Barry, Cheryl Strayed, Colum McCann, and Jodi Angel offer short takes on their strongest memories evoked by a piece of clothing or jewelry. Dana Spiotta and Rachel Kushner, two of America's sharpest cultural observers, talk about collective memory and the creative process of weaving the personal with the political. In "Moving On," Diane Cook imagines a future in which our former spouses are counseled out of our memories. The incomparable Joy Williams, in her story "The Country," asks, "Why are we here?" C. K. Williams offers a "Little Hymn to Time," Charlie Smith asks "Why Harp on It?," and Troy Jollimore plumbs the "Past Imperfect." I hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane
Eat the document : a novel by Dana Spiotta( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Sunsu han insaeng( Book )

1 edition published in 2017 in Korean and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Dana Spiotta Amerikaans romanschrijfster

Dana Spiotta author

Dana Spiotta novelista estadounidense

스피오타, 데이나 1966-

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