Picks and Pans Review: Kiss & Tango

updated 08/22/2005 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/22/2005 01:00AM

By Marina Palmer
NONFICTION

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On her first trip to Argentina, Marina Palmer fell madly in love with the tango and with what, in Kiss & Tango, she calls "the magic trick that transforms two bodies into one." She quit her job at a New York City ad agency and returned to Buenos Aires in search of the ideal tango partner, a career as a dancer and the perfect man. Palmer's disappointing love affairs become nearly as depleting to read about as they must have been to experience, and you can't help feeling impatient with her seeing Argentina as one big dance hall. Still, her high spirits may inspire readers to hop the first plane south, or at least to sign up for tango lessons.

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