Tales from the Reading Room have a review of Allen Shawn’s memoir Wish I Could Be There. Allen’s book explores how his agoraphobia has shaped his life and career as a pianist and composer. This is a fantastic review of Shawn’s book and makes a strong argument for why you should read it.
Ever wonder if it would be better to work on Broadway or a Ballet Company? Lee Wilson explains why she ultimately shifted from ballet to Broadway in her this post. She is also the author of her new memoir, Rebel on Pointe: A Memoir of Ballet & Broadway.
When Lee Wilson first began dancing, she wore tap shoes and took lessons in her neighbor’s basement. “I loved the scraping sound of taps brushing across the cement floor, the clicking sounds of the heel taps, and the crash of a full-footed stomp,” Lee recalls in Rebel on Pointe, her memoir that we published this past Tuesday.
But it was after watching ballet company after ballet company perform that Wilson found a new art. “Ballet gave me a glimpse of a different world order, and I wanted to be a part of that world.” After dancing on pointe in Europe and with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet in New York, Wilson again felt drawn to a new dance outlet. “Every day, as I walked to the Metropolitan Opera House, I passed through the Broadway theatre district.” Wilson resolved to “become a part of this magical, musical, mind-expanding world,” and…
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Here is an interview with Lee Wilson about her new book Rebel on Pointe. Wilson’s book is a memoir that delves the world of dance luminaries such as George Balanchine, Rudolf Nureyev and Rosella Hightower. Check out The Florida Bookshelf’s interview with Lee Wilson.
“Wilson has a gift for telling stories…Rebel on Pointe is one terrific read that fans of all ages will enjoy for its clear storytelling, historic perspectives and histrionic characters from someone who lived to see the status of women greatly elevated, and who was herself a part of that story.”—Critical Dance
“Touching and beautiful; Lee Wilson is an inspiration to us all for finding a passion in life and moving beyond familial pressures and societal norms.”—Zippora Karz, former soloist, New York City Ballet
“The culture of the ballet world is divulged in all its glorious detail. Wilson’s compelling account of her training and career shows the true courage and persistence this profession requires.”—Ali Duffy, founder and choreographer, Flatlands Dance Theatre
“Lee brings to her writing the same keen intelligence she brought to her dancing. It is a joy to relive some of the important moments…
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Library Reads has published their Top Ten books for October. Here they are:
Garth Stein, A Sudden Light
Jodi Picoult, Leaving Time
Cary Elwes and with Joe Layden, As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride
Alan Cumming, Not My Father’s Son: A Memoir
Jane Smiley, Some Luck
Keith Donohue, The Boy Who Drew Monsters
Allen Eskins, The Life We Bury
Hannah Pittard, Reunion
Keigo Higashino, Malice: A Mystery
Ashly Weaver, Murder at the Brightwell: A Mystery
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