Tango Lessons: A Memoir

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Jun 19, 2018 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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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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Tango Lessons: A Memoir

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At the beginning of this thoughtful and entertaining memoir of the transformative power of dance, Flaherty is a directionless 25-year-old with a humdrum job at a nonprofit and a platonic live-in ... Read full review

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Contents

Chapter One
1
Chapter Two
11
Chapter Three
22
Chapter Four
34
Chapter Five
45
Chapter Six
57
Chapter Seven
65
Chapter Eight
70
Chapter Nineteen
181
Chapter Twenty
192
Chapter TwentyOne
201
Chapter TwentyTwo
210
Chapter TwentyThree
216
Chapter TwentyFour
221
Chapter TwentyFive
227
Chapter TwentySix
240

Chapter Nine
82
Chapter Ten
90
Chapter Eleven
100
Chapter Twelve
107
Chapter Thirteen
111
Chapter Fourteen
116
Chapter Fifteen
144
Chapter Sixteen
159
Chapter Seventeen
167
Chapter Eighteen
172
Chapter TwentySeven
248
Chapter TwentyEight
265
Chapter TwentyNine
274
Chapter Thirty
287
Chan Chan
296
Back Matter
299
Back Flap
313
Back Cover
314
Spine
315
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About the author (2018)

MEGHAN FLAHERTY has an MFA in nonfiction from Columbia University. Her essays and criticism have appeared in the New York Times; O, the Oprah Magazine; the Paris Review; Psychology Today; and elsewhere. She lives in Palo Alto, California, and Tango Lessons is her first book.

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