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*Starred Review* If you’d asked Copeland, soloist for the American Ballet Theatre, when she was a young
African American teenager about her vision of the future, she would probably have said that the only thing less likely
than her writing a memoir was her becoming a world-class ballerina. But when a teacher encouraged 13-year-old Misty to
take ballet at the Boys and Girls Club of Los Angeles, she discovered a hidden talent. Her natural flexibility and grace
had her on pointe within two months, something other ballerinas work years to achieve. She was offered lead roles before
finishing high school. Her professional success is impressive, but it’s not what makes her memoir such an unexpected
page-turner. After all, we already know Copeland will overcome racial and socioeconomic bias to claim her spotlight.
What keeps us reading is Copeland’s intelligent, fair, and warm voice. She speaks with candor about having to lose her
luscious curves and cover herself with white makeup to look more acceptable on stage, but she never places blame on
those who asked her to do so. 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. --Amber Peckham
Wrenching and revelatory. Source: The New York 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. Source: Booklist (starred
Thorough, sensitive...clear-eyed. Source: The Washington Post
[A] dramatic rags-to-toe shoes life story. Source: People
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.
Captivating...heartrending...literary. Author: Lisa Jo Sagolla Source: The Kansas City Star
Remarkable. Source: Juicy Magazine
[LIFE IN MOTION] reveals a woman as graceful and powerful in life as she is in dance. Author: Melissa Harris-Perry
A raw, honest tale….Her memoir is filled with passion, pain, success, and…pure joy. Source: Ebony.com
Reads as a modern day Cinderella story…this memoir is an inspirational read—especially for aspiring dancers. Source: JET
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