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The Church of Tango is a passionate memoir of tragedy and adventure, lust and music, romance and tango, and above all, survival. A dancer all her life, she'd had to put it on hold while raising her artistic sons and caring for her dying husband. Now as she set her suitcase down on the ancient cobblestones of a Paris courtyard, she wondered -- 48 years old, 6,000 miles fromThe Church of Tango is a passionate memoir of tragedy and adventure, lust and music, romance and tango, and above all, survival. A dancer all her life, she'd had to put it on hold while raising her artistic sons and caring for her dying husband. Now as she set her suitcase down on the ancient cobblestones of a Paris courtyard, she wondered -- 48 years old, 6,000 miles from home, knowing no one -- what she was doing? Each time disaster strikes, Cherie forges ahead, struggling to save herself from the wreckage by listening to the music and dancing, first in Los Angeles, then France, Mexico, Holland, and finally in the tango salons of Buenos Aires....

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The Church of Tango: a Memoir Reviews

  • Enrico Antiporda
    2019-02-03 02:11

    Church of Tango is the memoir of a forty-eight-year-old woman trying get her life together after losing her husband (and best friend), Jack, to cancer. As a way of healing herself, she travels to Paris on a two-week French course, falls in love with everything French, and comes back to Los Angeles rejuvenated. Yet, we somehow know that the loss still haunts her, especially when we see her dancing every night in a country and western bar, in a near-obsessive way. Having grown up in a creative family, artistic endeavors had been the constant focus of her life. This love for art and dancing, guides her everywhere she goes and in everything she does. When the story vicariously takes the reader to places like Paris, the expat community of San Miguel de Allende in Mexico and the tango halls of Amsterdam and Buenos Aires, the narrative reads like a tedious travelogue, filled with detailed descriptions of the locale with performance art the persistent focus, minimally enhanced by narratives about her failed relationships with men. Her desire to get on with life seems to cause her to move from man to man, often engaging in casual sexual liaisons such as with French teacher Olivier whom she eventually marries, and tango dancers Mario, Pieter, and Santiago, the latter a gigolo whom she calls The Beauty. In this way, the story is terribly one-dimensional.Yet, there are engrossing aspects in the book that prompted me to keep reading, especially chapters dealing with the painful loss of her husband and the horrific times she had to endure as Jack's cancer progressively got worse. In a revealing scene, as her husband's health deteriorates, Cherie laments how she can no longer feel the wonderful art-filled life she and Jack once had. Here, the reader feels that the narrator is grieving more about the loss of their old life than that of a loved one. Even more engrossing are scenes dealing with her mother as she slides into the deepening grip of Alzheimer, so painful and touching they nearly brought tears to my eyes. When Cherie discovers she has breast cancer, it throws another wrenching challenge in her life. This part of the story could have been narrated on a deeper level, showing real emotions, rather than in an understated and clinical way. I didn't feel the panic that follows the horrible diagnosis or the fear that the same fate as Jack's may await her or the distress one feels when losing her hair to chemotherapy or when the doctor discovers that the disease had spread to her lymph nodes. I do admire the author's bravery in facing cancer and her determination not to let the disease defeat her, which is one of the strengths of this memoir. Compared to these scenes, where the stakes are high and the author grabs us emotionally, the travelogue and dance/art-related chapters seem frivolous. Fortunately, these chapters are often accompanied by small epiphanies the author shares with us such as when she lost her luggage in San Miguel and realizes with zen-like clarity that this is a minor inconvenience compared to the things that really matter in life. I wondered if she ever felt fearful about the drug cartels in Mexico, especially after she was robbed in her own home.This is a well-written and well-edited book with descriptive prose and clear narrative, often the failure of most independently-published books. In chapters where the author takes us on an emotional ride, the storytelling is excellent. I give this memoir four stars. Good enough to enjoy on a lazy afternoon.

  • Melinda
    2019-02-08 04:22

    Everyone has a ‘story’ and I enjoy hearing people share their individual story’s/history’s with the utmost of respect, without judgement. Cherie possesses courage along with fearlessness. Facing numerous heavy trials, this woman fails to lose steam. She was open and honest revealing her history, her emotions. Demonstrating an abundance of strength, the reader breaths a sigh of relieve when she revisits her love of the tango. The tango serves as the anchor grounding and providing emotional, mental and spiritual sustenance for this battle weary, starved woman, seeking an outlet to save her from never ending heavy hitting blows.It is clear through Cherie’s voice she is a patron of the arts, but her passion for the tango seeps through the pages. I could actually see her dance across the floor inspiring me to follow in her footsteps and dance shoes. I envied her pursuit of the ultimate tango experience, however this wasn’t without its series of blows.A very inspiring story of a woman navigating her way through loss, her own health crisis, poor choices in men - never less than with determination, independence and utter drive.Her love of the tango was intoxicating, leaving me with the hope of mastering this passionate and sensual dance.Thank you Cherie for sharing your story in such a blunt and raw manner. Your boldness and decisiveness is nothing but inspiring. Your spirit stays with the reader long after the memoir ends and the last dance called.

  • Alice
    2019-02-04 01:26

    The preface of Cherie Magnus’ book “The Church of Tango,” reads, “For Ruben, The journey brought me to you.”A tender memoir of survival, Magnus has written one in which the reader realizes the healing power of dance, particularly the tango, which can bring solace and joy to one’s life. Magnus writes with clarity about a life filled with pathos and loss—her husband due to cancer, then the loss of home and community, and in the years that follow, lovers and other personal battles. Her burden was great. Yet, this is a book about Magnus’s endurance and survival under Life’s travails.You and your senses will travel with the author on her journeys— to and from Los Angeles, Evian-les-Bains, France, San Miguel de Allende in Mexico and eventually Buenos Aires, where in only one month Cherie Magnus meets her Argentinian milonguero, Ruben Aybar, with whom she will dance, live, work and teach tango for eleven years.Magnus’s brave journey which led her to Buenos Aires, where tango lives and breathes, will be an inspiration for many readers.

  • Thelma
    2019-01-23 04:16

    Resilient, daring, impulsive, determined. All these words apply to Cherie Magnus. And oh yes, tango aficionado...and, of course, writer. Shortly after her husband's death from cancer, Cherie Magnus impulsively decides to go to Paris to learn French. And we are off with her on a whirlwind journey from Paris, back to Los Angeles, Paris again, Mexico, Argentina, and a brief visit to Holland thrown in. Chasing her love of dance, she travels the world until she finds the love of her life--the tango--and settles in Buenos Aires (at least for now). She brings her surroundings to life with vivid descriptions, she introduces us to the men who flit in and out of her life, and she makes us feel the rhythm of the tango. Highly recommended.

  • Paulita Kincer
    2019-02-08 08:27

    I'm just going to say straight up that I had to check a couple of times to see that The Church of Tango by Cherie Magnus was actually a memoir rather than fiction. Some of the things that happened seemed so unbelievable -- but you know what they say about truth being stranger...The memoir begins with the death of Cherie's husband. Her tenacity and her adventurous spirit afterward are amazing. She visits Paris right away, renting a room from an older woman."Madame indicated that I shouldn't make myself at home in the rest of the apartment. I noticed the telephone in the dining room had a padlock on it, not that I had anyone to call. The stale cookies had left a dusty taste in my mouth, and so I went across the street to sit over a creme on the sidewalk of the Cafe de l'Esperance, now open and filling up with after-Mass and instead-of-Mass habitues. My ears ached with listening to them all speaking French as I stirred my coffee and looked around with amazement. here I was, at age forty-eight, suddenly on my own in Paris, transported as if by magic. There was no place on earth I would rather be, nothing else I would rather be doing. It had been three years since I had had a moment like this. Los Angeles was far away, so was the despair and depression I had lived with for so long."Through all of her difficulties -- health, emotional, and financial -- Cherie had tango to pull her through. Her fascination with tango took her around the world and into the arms of men equally passionate about tango, and a few of them passionate about her, as well. I'm not going to pretend that I understood Cherie's passion for tango. I've attempted to learn it a few times without much success, but I do understand when people find something that they love to do and want to do it constantly. Cherie's love for tango was the passion that took her on her adventures, and I truly enjoyed the journey along with her in her well-written memoir.

  • Donigan Merritt
    2019-02-08 03:21

    This memoir, which is much more the brave and intelligent story of the author than a book about Tango, was surprisingly fine. I am not interested in dance (doing or watching) and while I find the music of Tango sometimes compelling, the dance itself looks a bit silly and pretentious to me. Cherie Magnus is quite clearly in love with all forms of dance, and particularly passionate (and that is exactly the right word) about Tango. But again, that is not the theme of her memoir. This is the story of a woman who endures a string of tragedies, beginning with the second most awful and heart-rending tragedy most of us will ever suffer -- the early death of a beloved spouse (second only to the death of one's child), and continuing through her own battle with sickness, and a string of betrayals (by both friends and lovers, both romantic and financially selfish); all the while Ms Magnus keeps "keeping on," as they say, continuing to seek a passionate life. This journey takes her to France, the most beloved of places for her, back and forth to her home in Los Angeles, to Mexico when illness forces financial reconsiderations, and eventually to the home of Tango: Buenos Aires. Her story ends in Buenos Aires, and I found it interesting that she described France, and to a lesser extent San Miguel de Allende, with more care and vividness than she does her now home. Buenos Aires seems to exist in this book essentially as a container for Tango, while both Mexico and France become fully-realized.If you have lost a loved one early and found yourself in that empty place from which there seems to be no escape, reading Cherie Magnus's struggle to regain her life in The Church of Tango can be inspiring. But it is more than that. It is the brave, passionate, even lusty story of a woman's adult life ... and you have no doubt that it is the real thing.Strongly recommended.

  • Helene
    2019-01-31 04:27

    There are few people in this world who could "pick themselves up, dust themselves off, and start all over again", to paraphrase the words of an old song.Cherie Magnus does that and more. After the tragic death of her beloved husband, she does indeed start all over again. In the process she discovers the world of music and dance that tango offers. She moves back and forth, from Los Angeles to France to Mexico, and stops in between, making new friends, betrayed by old friends and strangers, finding a French lover and losing him, all the while bouncing back and going forward. Losses of all kinds pursue her, and every time she comes back from disaster to new life.Cancer invades her life, as it did her husband's, and medical trials and tribulations become part of her world. Cherie draws the reader in and makes the reader a participant in her life with all its trauma, its happy times, its sadnesses, its changes. Her life in Los Angeles as a librarian, a happy wife and mother, is clearly etched. So are each of the chapters following her husband's death, her relationships with her sons, her mother, her friends and coworkers, her neighbors and good friends in L.A. at Chateau Rodney.One is happy to know that she is in Buenos Aires, teaching, dancing, writing, with a dance partner who is also a romantic partner, new friends, a new life again. One hopes that only good things will follow Cherie now. This is a "must read" for those who will admire a woman with guts, with stamina, with a "joie de vivre" that has survived incredible ups and downs.Bravo, Cherie !!!

  • Robyn
    2019-02-17 02:08

    Cherie's memoir of love, loss and survival make a compelling read. How she continues to rise above the tragedies life throws at her make for inspiring reading.

  • Larry
    2019-02-08 04:10

    What a life journey focused on that one elusive tango. Adventure is where you find it and chere found more than a lifetime od adventure.

  • T.R. Robinson
    2019-01-26 04:27

    This is a very personal, honest, unashamed, sincere memoir. Essentially it is a story of survival and overcoming; loss of loved ones; despondency; disappointing friends; serious illness; thwarted love, broken dreams etc. It is a very human tale.The author struggles with her despondent emotions, following the untimely death of her husband, but then unexpectedly finds new energy and hope within herself. This sets her off on a global journey that has an unforeseen destination.Read complete review at: https://trrobinsonpublications.com/20...

  • Maraya
    2019-02-06 00:25

    This memoir offers an intimate glimpse inside the soul of a dancer and heart of a woman yearning for connection. The author finds herself alone after the death of her beloved husband to cancer. In addition, she has lost the valuable connection to her mother because of Alzheimer’s; she has lost time with her grown sons to their own pursuits; she has lost her home, her social status and the financial security that tends to evaporate when one becomes a widow. Cherie embarks on a journey of healing that spans more than a decade and half the globe.Cherie seeks first to quell her grief in the last place that she and her husband found happiness together – France. Inspired to take French lessons in Paris she finds herself in front of the locked gate of her vacation apartment, suitcases in hand, questioning her sanity. I loved her descriptions of her surroundings. Cherie, always preferring a “pas de deux to a solo”, soon falls hard for her French teacher and, after several visits, eventually moves to the city of love – for love. Although he soothes her ache temporarily, he ultimately becomes one in a series of many disappointments.Back in Los Angeles for a time, Cherie unexpectedly finds a sense of community at quirky Chateau Rodney and then soon loses it when the building is sold. That was one of my favorite parts – she seemed so happy. Sadness is next conveyed when, in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, she trudges up and down hills for three years (while healing from cancer and chemo) bereft of any real sense of connection and participating in virtually no tango there. By this time she has been hooked by the lure of tango and makes several trips to its homeland, Buenos Aires, before she finally commits to living there permanently.After much anticipation for the elements of tango to appear in the story, they do so and eventually gain momentum until finally we are content in knowing that our heroine has found her sanctuary, her ‘church’: “After twelve years of loneliness and searching, of trying so hard to live and be happy, I felt satisfied in the milongas of Buenos Aires.”During her extensive journey Cherie loses much, more than most of us could bear or even comprehend. Twice struck by cancer, betrayed by close friends, used by lovers, robbed by strangers, she soldiers on. Admittedly an “emotional person with an open heart”, she is easily injured but always bounces back. She learns to live in the moment and take chances. Cherie becomes more spontaneous, perhaps a bit foolish at times, but, when one is repeatedly faced with death, ones values tend to change; caution is thrown to the wind. She is unstoppable as she seeks to find her own unique way of dancing through life, as the image of the red shoes in the suitcase on the front cover promises. This writer manages to hold herself together through her escapades. She is able to give the reader a vivid sense of place, people and the culture of the foreign places she lives with her evocative descriptions. French and Spanish words and phrases are liberally sprinkled throughout the text, challenging the reader and making for richer prose.It was no surprise that this book was recently awarded five stars and a medal from Readers’ Choice. If you think that life is being too hard on you and you’re ready to call it quits, if you want to be engaged with a story that is entertaining and heart-warming, if you want to laugh and cry and sympathize and cheer on a fellow traveler along the road of life, I highly recommend that you read Cherie Magnus’s Church of Tango.

  • Billy Buttons
    2019-02-10 03:59

    This book was a Gold Medal winner in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:FEEDBACKAuthor: The Church of TangoTitle: Cherie MagnusCOVER: 10/10The readers thought the cover was excellent and the blurb well-written, enticing them to read the book. A number of them felt it was one of the best covers in the awards this year with a strong, central image and fun, easy-to-read fonts. One reader put in his feedback: ‘’I loved the design of the cover, in particular, the way the title was designed. It looks fantastic..’CONTENT 9/10Our readers very much enjoyed this novel. They thought it was insightful, often dark and totally unputdownable! They enjoyed the fact it was not just a book on dance but covered many aspects of your life including the joy of your children and the heartbreak of cancer and Alzheimer’s. One reader put in her feedback, ‘This book was excellent. It’s not just a biography and it’s not just a book on dance; it’s also a travel book.’ The characters the author met were also very interesting, but it was the central character (the author) who was the most intriguing. ‘A lot happens to the author and most of it seems to be bad but she keeps her head up, keeps smiling and keeps dancing. I found her inspirational.’ Another reader wrote, ‘It is hard to image so many terribly things happening to one person: her husband dying of cancer, her mother getting Alzheimer’s, the loss of her home, but she always finds a way to battle on. It was her spirit that made this book interesting.’A few of the readers felt there was little structure to the book and that characters come and go with little explanation, but they also though this was one of the reasons it was so good. ‘The Church of Tango is not a perfectly structured novel, it is a complex story of a woman and, as with any life, people come and go, some details are remembered and some are not. This realism, this lack of structure was perfect for a memoir of this kind.’EDITING 10/10The readers thought the book was well edited and discovered no glaring problems with grammar, punctuation or spelling. One reader wrote, ‘I did not find any errors in the book but, even if there were, the story was too good to worry about them.’STYLE 10/10The readers thought the writing style was wonderful and the author's ability to describe characters/setting was well developed. They also thought the author dealt well with dialogue, writing it in a ‘relaxed, realistic and easy-to-follow’ way. One reader put, ‘’Style-wise, I thought this book was very easy to read; content-wise it was often sad, often upsetting. The author did a fantastic job with speech and also in the lucud descriptions of foreign shores.’STATSOf the 32 readers:32 finished the book.21 felt the central character was the best part of the book.9 thought the way you worked with dialogue was the best part of the book.2 felt your descriptive style was the best part of the book.32 loved the cover and blurb.32 would like to read another book by this author.‘The inspirational story of a woman who travelled the world and faced her demons, all with a little help from dance. A GOLD MEDAL winner and highly recommended.’ The Wishing Shelf Awards

  • Lianne Downey
    2019-02-07 08:05

    This book drew me right in with astonishment over the author’s bold choices. I devoured page after page of her adventures in Paris, trying to understand how she went from a Los Angeles housewife—a librarian suddenly widowed when her husband dies young, a mother of two grown sons— to become an American expatriate in Buenos Aires, teaching tango in the embrace of a skilled milonguero, one of the white-haired, elder male aficionados for whom tango is life itself.I knew from her photograph that she wasn’t a young and flashy dancer, like you might see on TV. She appears nicely aged and traveled, with a smile that beams out from her pictures to answer at least half the question of how she made her way, alone, through worlds of men and dancing that I wouldn’t dream of entering.I also hoped to learn more about the dark, steamy reality of Argentine tango, born in the brothels, they tell us in the States, an immigrant’s dance of sorrow and longing. I got my wish, but it wasn’t as pretty as I would have liked it to be.I especially enjoyed the way Magnus tells her story by diving right into the midst of her Parisian adventure. She writes with the skill you’d expect of a librarian, remembering to tell us how things look, smell, and feel. She never hesitates to go further, into her own emotional state, sharing details of her romantic adventures that put me slightly out of my comfort zone at first, and far out of it by the end of the book. But that’s my personal squeamishness. I don’t mean that she wrote X-rated sex scenes; I mean she went places and made choices and paired up with people I never would have, following her need for dancing and companionship across the globe and into clubs and bars and other unseemly settings.The passion for dancing, the need to have some form of it always a part of her life—that I could relate to. The emotional highs and lows, the willingness to experience physical closeness with strangers—these made me squirm. Perhaps in tribute to her writing skill, she’s conveyed her state of mind so well that I became depressed by the latter chapters, when her adventures in Mexico were at their dreariest. I kept reading, though, hoping she’d explain how she found her current partner in Argentina, which must certainly be her “happily ever after.” Yet she stops just short of that, leaving us in a grimy tango salon, alone among strangers but content to be feeding what has become her addiction.Do I understand tango better after reading her book? Yes. Could I go where she’s gone? No. Am I glad I read it? Yes, for that very reason of safe, vicarious experience. And I’m happy the author has found her tango dream at last, as the book’s brief prelude indicated. As for how she got to that presumably contented place, her memoir hints that she followed the same path as the immigrants who invented the Church of Tango: loss, hardship, melancholy, and loneliness, but with a spirit that still finds succor in dancing and will never stop.

  • Marcia Farrar
    2019-01-22 00:07

    My 2 sisters and I met Cherie Magnus and her partner Ruben in September 2009 when we took tango lessons from them during a week's vacation in Buenos Aires. I was looking at Cherie's blog again recently to recommend hers and Ruben's tango lessons to some American friends traveling to Buenos Aires when I discovered that Cherie had returned to L.A. recently. I also discovered that she had published The Church of Tango, and I immediately bought it on my Kindle and read it straight through!When my sisters and I met Cherie in Buenos Aires, she told us that she was a widow, and that her beloved husband had died of cancer. Her book, The Church of Tango, gave me all the details of the upheaval his death created in her life, and all the trials and tribulations that she endured as she persevered to find meaning and happiness again in her life. I found her memoir to be a very honest and intimate portrait of herself as someone who has demonstrated amazing courage to face tremendous challenges and losses, and continue to go on again, starting anew so many times. Her story is very life-affirming. I am so glad that her love of dance helped her to recover, and that it also inspired her to move to Buenos Aires eventually and become a part of the culture of tango -- her newfound church and religion -- and to meet and fall in love with Ruben. This memoir is a captivating story of an individual woman's personal struggle to come back from black holes of despair, time and time again, to regain her footing in a positive direction, and to keep dancing, literally and metaphorically, through life.I am looking forward to reading Cherie's next book, coming out soon: Arabesque: Dancing on the Edge in Los Angeles, which is a prequel to The Church of Tango.

  • Landon Roussel
    2019-01-23 06:16

    Quite a catching read about a widow who struggles to find her place in the world after the sudden death of her husband to metastatic prostate cancer. The book is about Cherie Magnus, an LA native, as she finds herself seeking fulfillment and meaning in life after her husband passes. After enduring some years of crippling depression, she finally decides to go to France where she can pursue her dream of learning French. While there she falls in love with Olivier, her French teacher.The story takes her from Paris to LA to San Miguel de Allende Mexico to Buenos Aires as Cherie seeks to find true love after her true love was taken so early in life. The writing is well done and the prose is catching. The story will leave you searching for more. For those who are interested in reading about grieving, travel memoirs, and searching for true love--especially in ones later years in life--this book will be a worthy read.The ending was well crafted, though I did find myself asking for more. It felt as if Cherie's quest for true love was only partially finished, as if the love that she had for her husband was never fully matched,and that the closest match to that love was a passion, which though enjoyable can not compare to the contentment that true love provides. Perhaps this is simply the limit of the story. Overall, I enjoyed reading the book and found it a moving an interesting and well written read. Well done Cherie.

  • Jacqueline
    2019-02-11 01:59

    This book is sad, steamy, full of hope, honest and heart warming.Cherie loses her husband and childhood sweetheart to cancer and life for her changes forever. The first decision she makes is to head to Paris, alone, and learn French for a fortnight. Something in Paris reawakens her heart and she learns to live again, but there are challenges to face. Life throws many nasty shots her way, from cheating friends, love rats and her own health issues. But Cherie is a fighter. She finds tango and feeds off the incredible energy of this dance of passion. Forced to sell the family home where they had raised their children, she tries Paris, Los Angeles and Mexico before settling in her spiritual home of Buenos Aires. Here she finds peace in the hot, smoky, crowded tango halls where, like an addict, she must attend and dance the night away. Her life now is very different to when her husband was with her and the strength, courage, energy and passion she shares is nothing short of amazing.This is an emotional read, life isn’t always easy but this shows how far you can take yourself if you really try. Throughout the book she stirred my emotions, I felt angry at the way some people treated her and in other places I shed a tear or two.Keep on dancing Cherie and thank you for sharing your story.

  • Tracy Johnson
    2019-01-29 05:03

    Although I dance tango and know Buenos Aires well, I did not feel an initial pull to delve into this book because of the tagged subject matter, which may be slightly misleading. I have not had a husband die and didn't feel I wanted to read about surviving that tragedy. As it turns out, Church of Tango, begins after the death and Cherie goes on a whirlwind of recovery that left me astonished in places. She certainly knows how to pick herself up and dust off.I loved reading about Paris but I found her relationship with the narcissist lover a strange affair and questioned how Cherie had evolved into such a co-dependent personality after such a long and happy marriage. Was it a symptom of trauma at losing her husband? This was never brought to awareness.There were elements in the book that were touched on but not clarified (her son's reclusive life with a cult for instance) that made me hungry for more. The strangest thing was that she only moves to Buenos Aires at the end of the memoir and there is very little about tango (and a lot more about line-dancing which is hilarious). The perception I'd derived from the title of this book, of tango as catharsis - which many of us have attempted - was ultimately snatched away.

  • Anthony Stancomb
    2019-02-03 04:12

    It's a well written book by a clearly sexy widow who oscillates between California, Paris, Mexico and Buenos Aires in pursuit of love and a home. Along the way she discovers dancing, and through it she makes herself a life - even if she lands up with a string of highly unsuitable lovers. Perceptive when describing her lovers, but lacking in self-analysis when talking about herself or her relationships with her children.Nonetheless, one really identifies with the author in her struggle to overcome her cancer/disastrous love affairs/changing homes and financial difficulties. One is swept along with her verve as she cannons from situation to situation in pursuit of love and happiness - and she is particularly good at making one feel involved with her love affairs(which are frequent). However there is rather too much extraneous information about the authors daily round when living abroad which feels rather diaryish and touristy. Also, the book could be considerably shorter without losing anything.

  • Diana
    2019-02-07 05:16

    Copy received from France Book Tours for an honest reviewI personally really love memoirs because I feel that they always have something to teach us. Everyone can contribute a lesson from their life story. I thought Cherie's "The Church of Tango" was a perfect example of this. Her honesty was very humbly because she really bared her heart and soul in this memoir. I also love her passion. I've seen the Tango danced many times and felt that the dance was a perfect metaphor for Cherie and her life. It's a dance of passion, pushing and being pushed; similar to many events that happen in her life. At times she was down but she found the passion to push back. I thoroughly enjoyed this memoir and learned about the courage it takes to start over and follow ones passion!

  • Camille Cusumano
    2019-02-11 02:03

    A page turner by an adventurous and brave woman. I had the pleasure of knowing Cherie in Buenos Aires and I loved sitting at her table in milongas, watching her dance or perform with Reuben. It's amazing what I didn't know about her past life (lives) but have now learned thru her memoir. I recommend her book to any woman or man who needs inspiration for how to transcend life/love challenges. Bravissimo, Cherie!

  • Melody
    2019-02-02 01:15

    Gorgeous read.I thoroughly enjoyed every word of this book. All the very honest descriptions of life, love, dance and death made a change from the many other books of this genre.It warmed the cockles.

  • Pamela Rogers
    2019-01-22 05:12

    I enjoyed this read very much!

  • Alison
    2019-02-04 23:59

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