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Life in Motion (Paperback) by Misty Copeland

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Dimensions (Overall): 8.2 Inches (H) x 5.5 Inches (W) x .9 Inches (D)
Weight: .64 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 278
Genre: Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: General
Publisher: Touchstone Books
Format: Paperback
Author: Misty Copeland
Language: English
Street Date: December 16, 2014
TCIN: 16470416
UPC: 9781476737997
Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-5370
Origin: Made in the USA


About the Book

As the only African American soloist dancing with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland has made history: when she first placed her hands on the barre at an after-school community center, no one expected the undersized, anxious thirteen-year-old to become a ground-breaking ballerina.

Book Synopsis

A bestselling and prize-winning memoir by African-American ballerina Misty Copeland, Life in Motion is the vividly told story of her journey to the world-class American Ballet Theatre--and delves into the harrowing family conflicts that nearly drove her away from ballet as a thirteen-year-old prodigy.

Determination meets dance in this New York Times bestselling memoir by the history-making ballerina Misty Copeland, recounting the story of her journey to become the first African-American principal ballerina at the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. When she first placed her hands on the barre at an after-school community center, no one expected the undersized, underprivileged, and anxious thirteen-year-old to become one of America's most groundbreaking dancers . A true prodigy, she was attempting in months roles that take most dancers years to master. But when Misty became caught between the control and comfort she found in the world of ballet and the harsh realities of her own life, she had to choose to embrace both her identity and her dreams, and find the courage to be one of a kind.

With an insider's passion, Misty opens a window into the life of an artist who lives life center stage, from behind the scenes at her first classes to her triumphant roles in some of the world's most iconic ballets. A sensational memoir as "sensitive" and "clear-eyed" (The Washington Post) as her dancing, Life in Motion is a story of passion, identity and grace for anyone who has dared to dream of a different life.

Review Quotes

[LIFE IN MOTION] is the stuff of which movies are made.--Lisa Jo Sagolla "Chicago Sun-Times"

An unexpected page-turner...Her story is an inspiration to anyone--man or woman, black or white--who has ever chased a dream against the odds, and the grace with which she triumphs is an example for us all.--Dance Spirit Magazine "Booklist (starred review)"

Engaging... [Copeland is] a poised, intelligent writer whose temperament--disciplined, determined, driven--gives the book a special spark... In LIFE IN MOTION, she looks back on the past without bitterness or anger, only gratitude. Hers is an out-of-the-ordinary story about defying stereotypes, and she shares it in an inspiring narrative that's enlivened by her own grace and generous spirit.--Dance Spirit Magazine "BookPage"

[A] dramatic rags-to-toe shoes life story.--Dance Spirit Magazine "People"

[Misty Copeland's] book is a breezy read for such deep subject matter, but her beautiful and prevailing spirit shines through on every page.--Eliza Minden, author of The Ballet Companion and Co-Founder and Head of Design at dancewear company Gaynor Minden, Inc. "The Inlander"

[Parts] the curtain on the ballet's central illusion: that it is empowering for the female dancers at its centre. Providing a behind-the-scenes look at the glory and gore of ballet...you find yourself rooting for her.--Deidre Kelly "The Globe and Mail (Canada)"

A gift to all balletomanes, not just the brown ones.--Esther Cepeda "The Globe and Mail (Canada)"

A page-turner...fascinating and emotional.--Angela Carstensen "The Philadelphia Enquirer"

A page-turner...fascinating and emotional.--Lisa Jo Sagolla "The Philadelphia Enquirer"

A poignant primer proving the power of perseverance in the face of adversity.--Frank Sanchez, Vice President, Boys & Girls Clubs of America "The LA Sentinel"

A raw, honest tale....Her memoir is filled with passion, pain, success, and...pure joy.--Rachel Roy "Ebony.com"

A tale of hardship and remarkable success.--Frank Sanchez, Vice President, Boys & Girls Clubs of America "Los Angeles Magazine"

A wonderful read.--Jia Tolentino "The Hairpin"

Although ballet fans never lack for darlings, rarely does a dancer become an old-fashioned star...her path to becoming a star ballerina has been as dramatic, unlikely, and hinged on coincidence as the plots of most ballets.--Rivka Galchen "The New Yorker"

An important book for teen collections.--Angela Carstensen "School Library Journal"

Captivating...heartrending...literary.--Lisa Jo Sagolla "The Kansas City Star"

Instead of rags to riches, Copeland goes from baggy shorts to leotards as she navigates the whitewashed world of ballet.-- "Library Journal"

It's no wonder Misty Copeland is a role model for countless aspiring ballerinas.--Dance Spirit Magazine "Library Journal"

Misty Copeland, a ballerina of extraordinary talent and charisma, offers an autobiography as mesmeric as her dancing. She overcame adversity in the studio, in her home life, and in ballet's own traditionalism to become one of its brightest stars -- her passion and perseverance will inspire dancers and non-dancers alike.
--Eliza Minden, author of The Ballet Companion and Co-Founder and Head of Design at dancewear company Gaynor Minden, Inc. "Ebony.com"

Misty Copeland's LIFE IN MOTION is an inspiration to all young people. She is the Jackie Robinson of the ballet world, and a true role model for an entire generation of new ballerinas.
--Frank Sanchez, Vice President, Boys & Girls Clubs of America "The NWI Times"

Misty's unwavering belief that we can be anything that we dream is an inspiration - an inspiration to break the mold, follow your passion, never take no for an answer and do it all with grace, kindness and the spirit to help others on their journey. I am thrilled that my two daughters have a role model in Misty, who is breaking down doors that that they will never have to.--Rachel Roy "Juicy Magazine"

Reading her memoir...it becomes even more apparent how this 31-year-old woman has parlayed her natural talent along with an uber intense discipline, passion and focus, into a stellar career.--Eliza Minden, author of The Ballet Companion and Co-Founder and Head of Design at dancewear company Gaynor Minden, Inc. "The NWI Times"

Reads as a modern day Cinderella story...this memoir is an inspirational read--especially for aspiring dancers.--Dance Spirit Magazine "JET Magazine"

Remarkable.--Lisa Jo Sagolla "Juicy Magazine"

She embodies both fearlessness and femininity, reflecting the life of contradictions and obstacles over which she's leapt so beautifully. If ever a solo ballerina was poised to become a household name, it's now.--Yahoo! "The Globe and Mail (Canada)"

The story Copeland tells about her rise to ballet glory is compelling and inspirational.--Rivka Galchen "Seattle Times"

Thorough, sensitive...clear-eyed.--Dance Spirit Magazine "The Washington Post"

Told in graceful prose...[Copeland's] achievements will encourage all those attempting to beat the odds in competitive fields.--Angela Carstensen "Publishers Weekly"

What a remarkable, encouraging story. Written naturally, modestly, and conversationally...[readers will] feel her triumphs and tragedies, wincing whenever she falls and cheering her on every time she gets back up....Brava, Misty.--Frank Sanchez, Vice President, Boys & Girls Clubs of America "Bildungsroman"

Wrenching and revelatory.--Dance Spirit Magazine "The New York Times"
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