Book Jacket of the Week: Encore Performance, How One Woman’s Passion Helped a Town Tap Into Happiness

Amy is an ambitious and cool young editor who edits lifestyle, pop culture and celebrity books for Atria, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. I love everything Amy does, because her books are diverse as they are original. Naturally, I was excited when she “tapped” me on this original, if quirky, book just out this week, from new author Vicki Riordan, made for the hidden tap dance enthusiasts among us. I didn’t even know I was one, but I’m looking forward to reading it, and not merely because the jacket grabbed me. Glancing at the book art alone, I’m transported to my inner Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, back in the days when the performance arts mandated talented singing as well as tap dancing (if you can believe it). Voila, the jacket, and some nice praise Riordan has already picked up below:

“Vicki Riordan writes with a song in her heart, and she taps into all the emotions, joys and challenges that inform women’s lives. Her dance program changes lives; her book will, too.” —Jeffrey Zaslow, New York Times bestselling author of The Girls from Ames and co-author of The Last Lecture

“The struggles that [Vicki Riordan] and her dancers face, especially as older women facing retirement, are easily relatable, and her story is inspiring.” –Kirkus Reviews

If you like this book, you may also enjoy: Fifth Avenue, 5 AM. Our next blog post on Lucinda Literary will be How to Choose a Bestselling Title.

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