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Tango: An Argentine Love Story
     

Tango: An Argentine Love Story

by Camille Cusumano
 

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Tango is a memoir by a woman who loved, lost, got mad, and decided to dance. The book traces the author's fall, redemption, and renewal through tango. 

After a violent encounter with her ex’s new girlfriend, Camille Cusumano decided she had some serious soul-searching to do. She took off for Buenos Aires intending to stay a few

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Tango is a memoir by a woman who loved, lost, got mad, and decided to dance. The book traces the author's fall, redemption, and renewal through tango. 

After a violent encounter with her ex’s new girlfriend, Camille Cusumano decided she had some serious soul-searching to do. She took off for Buenos Aires intending to stay a few short weeks, but when her search for inner peace met with her true passion for tango, she realized she’d need to stay in Argentina indefinitely. Tango chronicles Camille's experience falling in love with a country through the dance that embodies intensity, freedom, and passion—all pivotal to her own process of self-discovery. From the charm of local barrios to savory empanadas, Camille whole-heartedly embraces the ardent culture of Argentina, and soon a month-long escape turns into a year-long personal odyssey. Slowly letting go of her anger through a blend of tango, Zen, and a burgeoning group of friends, she discovers that her fierceness and patience can exist in harmony as she learns how to survive in style when love falls apart.

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"In her memoir, the author’s accounts of passionate, sweaty tango dances are reinterpreted through her explanation of Zen. In this sense the reader comes to understand how tango, as Cusumano puts it, is not a “vice” but a “virtue”, as it becomes a way to fall in love with Argentina.
The Argentimes

"If you've ever loved and lost, Tango: An Argentine Love Story, by Camille Cusumano, will ring true. After a failed relationship, the author heads to Argentina—and finds mouthwatering cuisine, welcoming people, and a passion for dance. Though it may take two to tango, the lesson here is how to live happily on your own."
Shape Magazine

Library Journal

Tango has been the subject of several recent books, from Marina Palmer's Kiss and Tango to Irene D. Thomas and Larry M. Sawyer's The Temptation To Tango to Robert Farris Thompson's Tango: The Art History of Love . Cookbook author and novelist Cusumano, as her web site (www.camillecusumano.com) declares, "is a writer who dances tango," and here she recounts her journey toward self-awareness set in the context of an extraordinary year spent in Buenos Aires. According to Cusumano, tango-like yoga and Zen, which she also practices-is a way of life, and her keen and colorful observations of everything from the milongas (tango dance halls) and her dance wardrobe to the people she met and danced with to the neighborhoods she lived in and the foods she ate create a thoughtful account redolent with the sights, sounds, and tastes of her own tango experience. Cusumano's book is recommended for public library collections serving dancers, armchair travelers, and literary-essay fans.-Carolyn M. Mulac, Chicago P.L.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580052504
Publisher:
Avalon Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/23/2008
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
8.14(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.93(d)

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