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Dancing Scruffy Cheek-to-Scruffy Cheek: Gay Tango
At the gay milonga, known as La Marshall, you'll find several kinds of couples dancing: women with women and a few mixed-gender couples — but mostly men with men.

Seeking Tango Bliss in Italy
Tango festivals take place all over Italy, not to mention the milongas, or social dances, in all the major cities. Tango comes from Argentina, but Italy can be found in its DNA.
— The Week

My Love Affair With Tango
Feeling alone, author Maria Finn discovered a pastime that offered a new way to achieve human connection.
— Travel + Leisure

The Tango Experience
Feeling alone, author Maria Finn discovered a pastime that offered a new way to achieve human connection.
— Forbes FYI

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Hold Me Tight and Tango Me Home is the tale of surviving a broken heart. Maria Finn's husband was cheating. First she threw him out. Then she cried. Then she signed up for tango lessons. It turns out that tango has a lot to teach about understanding love and loss, about learning how to follow and how to lead, how to live with style and flair, take risks, and sort out what it is you really want. As Maria's world begins to revolve around the friendships she makes in dance class and the milongas (social dances) she attends regularly in New York City, we discover with her the fascinating culture, history, music, moves, and beauty of the Argentine tango. With each new dance step she learnsóthe embrace, the walk, the sweep, the exitóshe is one step closer to returning to the world of the living. Eventually Maria travels to Buenos Aires, the birthplace of tango, and finds the confidence to try romance again.

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"A gracefully rendered memoir of a woman seeking post-divorce healing through tango."
— Kirkus

"A lively debut memoir, brimming with tango history and lore."
— Booklist

"This story of heartbreak and healing unravels the complexities of tango, which gradually becomes a source of addictive joy."
— Sally Potter, writer and director of the film The Tango Lesson

"Beautifully told. Maria Finn relays her adventures in the world of tango with excitement, wit, and insight."
— Robert Farris Thompson, author of Tango: The Art History of Love

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