Originally published: New York: Atria Books, 2012.
black & white illustrations
black & white illustrations
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What a wonderful, heartwarming, touching and uplifting story. This is simply not a book about a woman teaching tap to older women in Harrisburg. This is about a woman doing everything she could to raise her two boys when faced with a husband who had issues with alcohol. This is about a son giving back to his Mother later in life when she wasn't sure what the next step would be. This is about a grandmother-raised during the Depression-who did everything she could to help her daughter deal with similar issues (from her husband) that she had dealt with her Dad. This is about women banding together for each other (some of them only meeting once) to face life's biggest battles...cancer, loss of a spouse, life-threatening surgeries, etc. For me, it's a cross between 'The Help', 'Billy Elliot', 'Steel Magnolias' and 'Mamma Mia'.
Everyone can take something away from these stories...it's never too late in life to not only find your passion, but lead with it.
I'm biased. I know I'm biased. Because I tap with Vicki, and because she has taught and continues to teach me happiness through tap. But here's the thing -- this is the amazing-but-true, stranger-than-fiction story of how the we came to be, and it truly is Vicki's voicing the story of all of us in Tap Pups. Told in two timelines, the "now" storyline tells of putting on a massive 200-dancer annual Spring Show and the "memory" storyline details Vicki's experiences growing up, her family, and dancing. Also not dancing in some of her darker days. That's what makes the present day an encore performance, that Vicki was able to find her way back to her first true love.
What a delight it is that in so doing, Vicki built a community of adult dancers of wildly diverse backgrounds and dance experience, who not only come to class together, but become friends outside of class. Encore Performance will tap at your heartstrings until your toes start tapping too. Fair warning: there...
There is something in this book that will strike a chord in everyone! All of us who grew up in the fifties and sixties will recognize something Vicki has written about and it will catch you in your heart and make you cry and then make you want to get up and dance--even those of you who are not dancers! I stayed up until 2 a.m. finishing this book; I could just not put it down. Each chapter in the book has three parts: What is happening at specific times of day during the Tap Pups Spring Show 2011, where Vicki is walking throughout The Forum and seeing her dancers. The chapter then morphs into a story about a specific dancer, which then makes her remember an event(s) in her life. This format makes each chapter startlingly real and fresh, but still goes back to Vicki's life story. Her story will make you cry, but will ultimately make you want to laugh with joy--and wish that you lived in Harrisburg, PA so you could join the Tap Pups!
The book is well-written and literate. The...
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