Thursday, January 28, 2010

Hold Me Tight & Tango Me Home

Hold Me Tight and Tango Me Home

I almost forgot to let everyone know about this. There is a new tango-centric book out there, about to be released to the whole wide world on February 9th. Congrats to author/tanguera Maria Finn on small task to conceive/nurture/write/publish a book. Much less experiencing the "stuff" of which the book is made. I'm looking forward to reading it.

Here's the "About the Book" from the website ::

Hold Me Tight and Tango Me Home is the tale of surviving a broken heart. Maria Finn’s husband was cheating. First she threw him out. Then she cried. Then she signed up for tango lessons. It turns out that tango has a lot to teach about understanding love and loss, about learning how to follow and how to lead, how to live with style and flair, take risks, and sort out what it is you really want. As Maria’s world begins to revolve around the friendships she makes in dance class and the milongas (social dances) she attends regularly in New York City, we discover with her the fascinating culture, history, music, moves, and beauty of the Argentine tango. With each new dance step she learns the embrace, the walk, the sweep, the exit she is one step closer to returning to the world of the living. Eventually Maria travels to Buenos Aires, the birthplace of tango, and finds the confidence to try romance again.

And this, from the "Recent Reviews" section of the website ::

“A gracefully rendered memoir of a woman seeking post-divorce healing through tango.”

— Kirkus (Read Full Review)

“A lively debut memoir, brimming with tango history and lore.”
— Booklist

“This story of heartbreak and healing unravels the complexities of tango, which gradually becomes a source of addictive joy.”
— Sally Potter, writer and director of the film The Tango Lesson

“Beautifully told. Maria Finn relays her adventures in the world of tango with excitement, wit, and insight.”
— Robert Farris Thompson, author of Tango: The Art History of Love

“Along with her personal story, involving a trip to a wedding in Buenos Aires and documenting there the gay tango scene, she nicely elucidates the evolution of the dance, through the music of Astor Piazzolla and Carlos Gardel, and traces briefly its flashpoints across the globe, from America to Finland and Turkey.”

— Publishers Weekly

Looks like it's gonna be a goodun'...order yours today...I just did.

Here's her official website ::

Here' a link to the book store finder on locally if you can ::


Crush said...

Thank you Alex for sharing....I can relate to the subject...Tango dancing and new tango friends have given breath to my life...I love them both!...The book will be a valentine gift to myself.....

Alex said...

I did think of suggesting the book as a Valentine's Day gift, but thought better of it based on the "surviving a broken" heart aspect of the book. But I'm thinking now that broken and bruised hearts are part of the yin and yang of love. The broken heart is the counter to the heart full and overflowing.

And that's what love is all about, and Valentine's Day is all about love, right?

I hold dear the times my heart has been broken, and not-so-dear the memories of the hearts I have broken, but nonetheless still hold those broken hearts close to my own heart.

I'm rambling...but I hope you get my drift.

My pleasure to share...