OUR OTHER FEATURED BOOKS THIS WEEK, “SHUFFLE AN IMPULSE,” BY BILL DELOREY AND “CLEMENCEAU’S DAUGHTERS,” BY ROCKY PORCH MOORE, CAN BE FOUND BY SCROLLING DOWN BELOW THIS POST.
THE BOOK: Tango, An Argentine Love Story.
PUBLISHED IN: 2008
THE AUTHOR: Camille Cusumano
THE EDITOR: Brooke Warner (formerly at Seal, now at She Writes press)
THE PUBLISHER: Seal Press
SUMMARY: Tango is a travel memoir, the story of a woman who loved, lost, got mad, and decided to dance. She went to Buenos Aires intending to stay three months and stayed for nearly four years. The book traces her fall from grace, hero’s journey, and ultimate transformation.
THE BACK STORY: Camille Cusumano was well-paid editor on a travel magazine and in a long, rewarding relationship when tango upset her universe, at first for the worst, then for the best.
WHY THIS TITLE: Tango is more than a memoir about a dance. It has a universal message best expressed in the author’s TEDx Talk in Manhattan, 2013: Tango, the Dance, the Journey, the Transformation. [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQe67b9AnGQ ] It’s the story of every woman’s and every man who is looking for happiness outside her/himself.
WHY SOMEONE WOULD WANT TO READ IT: It’s an enjoyable read, a feelgood read, according to the many men and women who have read it and written to me. It might appeal most to baby boomers who have always led the charge toward a more expansive spirituality and who have considered feeding the soul as important as feeding the body and mind. It’s also a great travel companion for anyone considering going to Buenos Aires.
REVIEW COMMENTS: “Tango is a remarkable addition to contemporary dharma literature. It reads like a thriller, a romance, and above all it shows the redemptive potential of a sincere spiritual practice.”
— Sylvia Boorstein, author of Happiness is an Inside Job.
“The transformative power of the tango embrace beautifully captured. Bravo!”
—Marina Palmer, author of Kiss & Tango
Camille Cusumano has lived out many a mid-life woman’s fantasy: packing her bags, slit skirts, and tango shoes and spending a year in Argentina. The result is a memoir that is like the dance itself: smooth, absorbing, and erotically charged.
—Laura Fraser, author of An Italian Affair
AUTHOR PROFILE: Camille Cusumano is the author of Tango, an Argentine Love Story (Seal Press, 2008), memoir of a woman who loved, lost, got mad, and decided to dance. She has written for numerous publications, including National Geographic Traveler, Islands, Country Living, the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. She is the author of several cookbooks and one novel, The Last Cannoli (Legas) and the editor of the literary travel anthologies on France, Italy, Mexico, and Greece. She was a senior staff editor at VIA Magazine in San Francisco, where she covered travel around the world. She has a new book coming in 2016, Wilderness Begins at Home, Travels With My Big Sicilian Family.
AUTHOR COMMENTS: Tango was a great experience for me before, during, and after the writing. I had been editing anthologies on France, Italy, Mexico, and Greece for Seal Press, when they decided they wanted a single-author book and the universe provided this experience covered in the book.
SAMPLE CHAPTER: See Amazon, or http://www.camillecusumano.com
LOCAL OUTLETS: Tango is at all online book sellers. Any chain or indie bookstore can order it. Here is the ISBN: 13-978-1-58005-250-4
Seal Press would also sell it: http://www.sealpress.com
PRICE: about $15 – but much cheaper used and you can get it on Kindle or e-readers.