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Hold Me Tight and Tango Me Home by [Finn, Maria]
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From Publishers Weekly

Shaken by the discovery that her Cuban husband and salsa partner was having an affair, Finn, a contributor to New York magazine, embarked on learning to tango as a way of healing her broken heart, and chronicles her journey in this rather dry memoir. In tango, an Argentinean dance form originating in the immigrant neighborhoods and brothels of Buenos Aires, she tapped the sources of human sorrow and human happiness and found a safe comfort and intimacy among strangers. From standing on the sidelines watching the elegant, accomplished couples to plunging into her initial lessons at the South Street Seaport and attending her first milongas, or social dances, Finn had to connect with a series of constantly changing partners, some better at leading than others, and some more forgiving than others about her mistakes. Finn organizes her memoir around the tango steps—from la salida (the basic) through la caminata (the walk), la volcada (the fall), el boleo (the throw), all the way to el abrazo (the embrace)—which also cleverly mirror her stages of grief, from anger to acceptance. Sadly, her foray remains journalistically stilted rather than tango sensuous, and rarely warms the reader. 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. (Feb.)
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When she discovered her husband was cheating on her, New York City resident Finn wallowed in anger and grief—but not for long. She realized the quickest path to recovery was to get off her duff and dance. Finn was drawn to the tango from the moment she happened upon a cluster of dashing dancers strutting their stuff in Central Park. She soon found her date book filled with nightly milongas (social dances). Tango, Finn learned, had its own vast vocabulary of steps, from El Gancho (The Hook) and El Boleo (The Throw) to El Abrazo (The Embrace). Its themes of sorrow and heartbreak meshed well with her melancholy frame of mind. The tango eventually gave Finn the confidence to begin dating again. Most of her matchups were a bust, but she didn’t give up hope. When she traveled to Buenos Aires (on a trip originally planned with her husband), she realized that her life wasn’t over; it had only begun. Finn has penned a lively debut memoir, brimming with tango history and lore. --Allison Block

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  • File Size: 1175 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books (February 9, 2010)
  • Publication Date: February 9, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003Z9K0D0
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Really loved the way she incorporated her experiences with learning about the Tango along with her personal trials and development. The background info on the Argentine Tango was just what I'd been looking for. She made it easy to understand and make sense of how and went it developed as it did, culturally and psychologically. Made me want to go out and learn to Tango! Well written. I'd read more of her work and highly recommend this book.
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This book about the author's emotional healing through a combination of tango and Zen was intriguing. Although one might think the two were not at all similar, the intensity of immersion in both is the same.

My biggest challenge with the book was with the cavalier way the author described how all the men at the milongas thought of her as a dancing goddess, of how she could eat whatever she wanted without gaining an ounce, of how she was able to just pick up and move to Buenos Aires for a year with no financial worries. I would have felt more empathy for the author if she had expressed any negative feelings at all about anything except herself.

Discussed this in a book group, though, where people who were more familiar with Zen felt this was an uplifting and inspiring book. They would have given it 5 stars.
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If you have a passing interest in Argentine Tango but are not sure of how the dance affects those who travel to Buenos Aires, this book is for you. It is not a book of anecdotes covered with tasty frosting but rather a collection of experiences of living life as a temporary "Porteno", learning the dance and what affect it has on life for the many unique people Maria Finn met in a short time. In the end, the reader understands the nature of the title and is left wondering what has happened since living in Argentina.
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HMT&TMH was one of the best stories I've read in a long time. I was engrossed in the protagonist's problems adjusting to life w/o her husband, as well as her trials and tribulations with learning the tango. She described her friends and dance partners so well that I thought I was dancing and chatting with the class. This is not a girlie book, anybody can and should enjoy this story.
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I read this book and LOVED IT. I sent a copy to my sister and she immediately sent another copy to her best friend. I'm sure
it went on from there. I'm not a tango dancer but the story of the author's heartbreak the challenge of moving on is universal and we all have
a lot to learn from her travels. It reminded me that all personal tragedies are opportunities for growth and change.
Maria Finn obviously takes this very much to heart and I found myself almost immediately cheering her on. As a protagonist, she's
hard to resist. I absolutely marvel that, after splitting up with her husband, she would take up tango -- a technical and punishing
dance form to master after such a devastating ego blow. She seemed to draw faith that she would triumph from some deep well even she didn't know she had. The book is a
page turner -- and I laughed out loud many times. I recommend it HIGHLY -- not just for dance lovers -- but for anyone
who has ever had their heartbroken and found the courage to put it back together again.
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So we all have our own way of getting thru tough times. I've just been thru breast cancer so I know a thing or two about human frailty and misery. In books like Ms Finn's I look for some enlightenment - some kernel of wisdom. Her way is not my way. So please everyone - don't critize the criticism. The tango is a very intimate thing. If I had been betrayed in an intimate relationship I would not go there. Talk about leaping from the frying into the fire. If I needed male companionship or point of view I would look to a male friend. I would definitely not encourage or seek out romantic relationships until I was in a more stable place. And I found too many references to her husband - like "I can't believe he did this to me!" What surprize - that in the history of humankind no one has ever been betrayed by a spouse or partner before!! That may be a little harsh but I was hoping for some insight and I didn't find much. I probably won't finish the book.
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Read this book only if you really want to know about the Argentine Tango. . . I didn't know much about it but we are going to Argentina and the book gave a lot of history and info about it. I enjoyed the book and it is short and a fast read.
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Interesting concept of getting over heartbreak through the lessons learned in Tango classes. The author had some pretty neat comparisons of dance principles to life principles. Only gave this three stars because there were various areas where the story seemed to drag and the dance descriptions were confusing to read. However, I would recommend this book to anyone trying to get over an emotional struggle since it does provide various outside the box ways to think about the journey through such a difficult time.
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