Dora: A Headcase

Dora: A Headcase

by Lidia Yuknavitch, Chuck Palahniuk
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Dora: A Headcase by Lidia Yuknavitch

Dora: A Headcase is a contemporary coming-of-age story based on Freud’s famous case study—retold and revamped through Dora's point of view, with shotgun blasts of dark humor and sexual play.

Ida needs a shrink . . . or so her philandering father thinks, and he sends her to a Seattle psychiatrist. Immediately wise to the head games of her new shrink, whom she nicknames Siggy, Ida begins a coming-of-age journey. At the beginning of her therapy, Ida, whose alter ego is Dora, and her small posse of pals engage in "art attacks." Ida’s in love with her friend Obsidian, but when she gets close to intimacy, she faints or loses her voice. Ida and her friends hatch a plan to secretly film Siggy and make an experimental art film. But something goes wrong at a crucial moment—at a nearby hospital Ida finds her father suffering a heart attack. While Ida loses her voice, a rough cut of her experimental film has gone viral, and unethical media agents are hunting her down. A chase ensues in which everyone wants what Ida has.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780983850472
Publisher: Hawthorne Books & Literary Arts, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/07/2012
Series: NONE
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 344,741
File size: 350 KB

About the Author

LIDIA YUKNAVITCH IS THE AUTHOR of The Chronology of Water: A Memoir and three works of short fiction: Her Other Mouths, Liberty’s Excess, and Real to Reel, as well as a book of literary criticism, Allegories of Violence. Her work has appeared in Ms., The Iowa Review, Exquisite Corpse, Another Chicago Magazine, Fiction International, Zyzzyva, and elsewhere. Her book Real to Reel was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award and she is the recipient of awards and fellowships from Poets and Writers and Literary Arts, Inc. Her work appears in the anthologies Life As We Show It (City Lights), Forms At War (FC2), Wreckage of Reason (Spuytin Duyvil). She teaches writing, literature, film, and Women’s Studies in Oregon.

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Dora - A Headcase 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a decent read in my opinion. I think for younger psych students it may broaden understanding on the original case study by Freud. I found the second half long and kind of boring. I also found myself not sold on how this author portrays teenagers, as a 21 year old it felt far off from the voices of seventeen year olds. I will probably never re- visit this novel, however I don't feel as though it was necessarily time wasted.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the best thing I've read in years. I felt revitalized by the honesty and clarity of Dora's storytelling. It was glorious to find something so good, such a reward after sifting through all that Patterson/Picault level drek out there, just looking for one true voice. Read it now!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. It is down and dirty and is very realistic look inside the head of a teenager growing up in a dysfunctional family with a philandering father, a drunken mother, and the husband of her father's mistress trying to seduce her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Fine. But one kinute!!!" Disappears
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kissed Aido and disappears back to vt
melanie_with_the_eyes More than 1 year ago
A book that pushes events to the brink of what we consider to be almost too unbelievable, but not quite. By walking a line of entertainment versus psych issues affecting troubled youth, the story sucked me in. The descriptions of Seattle's underbelly are surprisingly well-written and on target. Great purchase.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sighs and goes to vt
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sure he gives her a mosoge then falls asleep
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I need a friend