From a dazzling new literary voice, a debut memoir about a young woman learning to dance tango, becoming comfortable in her own skin and in the arms of others. Tango was an unlikely choice for Meghan Flaherty. A young woman living with the scars of past trauma, she was terrified of being touched and shied away from real passion. But by her late twenties, she knew something had to change. She dug up an old dream and tried on her dancing shoes. In tango, there's a leader and a follower, and, traditionally, the woman follows. As Meghan moved from beginner classes to the late-night dance halls of New York's vibrant tango underground, she discovered that more than any footwork, the hardest and most essential lesson of the dance was to follow with strength and agency; to find her balance, regardless of the lead. And as she broke her own rule-never mix romance and tango-she started to apply those lessons in every corner of her life. Written in wry, lyrical prose, and beautifully enriched by the vivid history and culture of the dance, Tango Lessons is a transformative story of conquering your fears, living your dreams, and enjoying the dizzying freedom found in the closest embrace.
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"In this audiobook memoir, Meghan Flaherty narrates her journey from traumatized young adult to young woman glowing with emotional health. In her late 20s, she was desperate to find a way to connect her feelings and her body. So she decided to take tango lessons, the dance of love and seduction. Her lessons opened her to the healing powers of music and movement. However, the momentous nature of this rite of passage is not translated fully to her audio performance, making her impressive story uneven for listeners. Flaherty's pathway to emotional health is certainly a revelation of how music can heal the soul. But her listeners would better understand her newfound passion if she had injected it into her presentation. E.E.S. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"
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