TANGO: Celebrating 7 lucky years on the Book Shelf!


In celebration of  seven lucky years of having my tango memoir published, I’m  sharing the following comments from men and women who read Tango, an Argentine Love Story (Seal Press) and who wrote me the loveliest emails. (If you recognize your comment, please do email me.)

“. . . you are giving me is courage to attend milongas [tango dance parties] . . . Your story touched my heart.”

“Your book delighted me and validated my feelings about Buenos Aires and Tango. . . I’m in love with the dance.”

“I savored every word. You are a beautiful, insightful, funny wordsmith.”

“You have inspired me. I’m a middle aged guy who loves to dance but I had never paid attention to Tango. . . Now I understand.”

“You’re a very open and honest writer . . . I identify with your quest and applaud the willingness with which you avail yourself to new experiences.”

No imaginaba que eras tan buena bailarina de tango, pero creo que…., después de haber visto el video, lo más lindo es que tu rostro refleja el sentimiento de que ‘El tango se siente con el corazón’ ”

“Many thanks for sharing your love, passion and expertise in the Argentine Tango. It’s a lovely dance that you execute so well.”

“Love the part where you went to the shrink because you couldn’t write after working all day as an editor.”

“Thank you so much for writing about a place I’ve never been, but hope to see one day.

“Thanks for all the inspiration. All the best from here Istanbul.”

“I just found your book . . . Amazingly, its for . . . getting over a relationship, and to find myself again. Thank-you for writing this book.”

“You are in great shape and very attractive. Much better than I imagined after reading your book. Keep it up.”

“ . . . healthy food, yoga, travel, culture and dance! I’m about to be your biggest fan and you are about to become my catalyst.”

“What a wonderful connection you will be sharing with readers: the present moment, communion with another soul, letting go, passion, strength and femininity. I am very excited for your book!”

“Holy Moly! I said to myself, both when I saw your tango video . . . and read all your credits. This is one woman whom I must meet! I . . . am madly in love with Argentine Tango.”

“BEAUTIFUL & Fantatastico! Tango forever.”

“I like your tango precepts.

  1. Just show up.
  2. Accept what’s offered.
  3. Remain present.
  4. Be kind and compassionate to Self and Other.

Great stuff. But you have yet to grasp the essential nature of the Self, grasshopper.”

I just finished reading your tango book . . . and loved it!  I felt transported right back to San Telmo.”

“Since tango is danced from the heart, it will be an honor to initiate your vision of sending an international chain of tango embraces and a transcendence toward inner peace initiating from the Belrose Milonga to President Obama on Inauguration Day.” Peace – Jonathan and Olivia, tango instructors par excellence


“I’m on page 110 of your book . . . and I’m loving every minute of it . . . Thanks for documenting your journey and growth. It’s been such a help to me!”

“You don’t leave anything out do you! The book is a chapter for your autobiography. You write like a travel writer except that the places you visit andfind interesting are both in your head and in the people around you.”

“We learned of your book, on Ron Owens’ show (on KGO radio) just before Christmas when Elaine Petrocelli of Book Passage was his guest. I love your book, and have written notes, and will . . . share info about it . . . with our Tango dancing friends.”

“Your book nursed me through a bout of flu late last year and inspired me to take my first tango class . . . the music, my partner, my breath, my silent mind. It was a joyous experience . . . Thank you for your witty wisdom and for being such an enjoyable guide to the barrios and byways of Buenos Aires!”

“I just finished your wonderful book. I had to tell you how much I enjoyed it . . . I share the same Italian heritage . . . and addiction to Tango! I loved that you could say “Te amo Oscar” and that was enough. No complications, just the dance!”

“I’m almost finished reading your book. I really like how you created such an engaging journey and wove a tapestry of your friends into your story. I was tickled to read my cameo. I’m honored to be included and yes, ‘I approve this message’ as we hear the political candidates proclaiming.” Guess who!