Book: The Church of Tango - a Memoir by Cherie Magnuscategories: Book, Dance, Grief, Paris, Mexico, Buenos Aires, Cancer, Death, Alzheimer's, Los Angeles, Widow, Tango
Cherie Magnusabout this book: Death, Dance, Destiny. My memoir shows how dancing--especially the emotional and addictive tango--can help you survive the tragedies of life.
The journey, and the writing of it, took place over a period of thirteen years and through several countries. I hoped my readers would be encouraged by my challenges and sufferings; that it's not necessary to give up on life because your beloved partner of many years dies, or because you yourself get cancer--two times, or because you lose your home and cherished belongings, or because your endearing parent dies slowly from Alzheimer's, or because your son joins a cult, or because the people you thought were your friends cheat you for money.
Everyone needs a reason to get up in the morning and carry on. For me, it was to dance, even though I was already middle-aged. And it worked for me. I found new cultures, languages, and loves.
Many people ask me about the title. Dancing can be sacred. And there is no doubt that the tango can be spiritual, a connection to the universe.
The book's cover includes a painting of my tango shoes in an empty suitcase. The well known Mexican artist, Santiago Corral, painted it for me when I lived in San Miguel de Allende. He understood that with an empty suitcase and my tango shoes, anything and anywhere was possible.
To that end, the locales in the book ranged from Los Angeles, Paris, Evian-les-Bains, France, San Miguel de Allende and Oaxaca, Mexico, Amsterdam, and Buenos Aires, Argentina, where I live today.
I'm now at work on the prequel.
• "Cherie is a delightful bundle of libidinous excess couched in intellectual glory." -- John Treadwell Nichols, author of The Milagro Beanfield War
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