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The Church of Tango: a Memoir

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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 from ...more
Paperback, 291 pages
Published January 2012 by Mirasol Press
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Enrico Antiporda
May 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Donigan Merritt
Feb 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Melinda
Sep 20, 2014 rated it liked it
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, ...more
Alice
Nov 19, 2014 rated it liked it
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
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Thelma
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Paulita Kincer
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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Helene
Apr 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
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,
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Robyn
Jul 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
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.

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Maraya
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Billy Buttons
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was a Gold Medal winner in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:

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Author: The Church of Tango

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COVER: 10/10
The 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
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Lianne Downey
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it

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
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Marcia
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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Landon Roussel
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
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Jacqueline
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: france, memoirs, travel, paris
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
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Tracy Johnson
Sep 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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Anthony Stancomb
Dec 15, 2015 rated it liked it
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
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Diana
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fbt
Copy received from France Book Tours for an honest review
I 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.
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Camille Cusumano
Nov 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
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
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this read very much!
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