3 new ballet books you can spot on shelves now

3 new ballet books you can spot on shelves now

Looking for a new page-turner? Here are three new ballet-centric releases to spot at your local bookstore.

‘Swan Dive: The Making of a Rogue Ballerina’

Author: Georgina Pazcoguin

Published: July 27, 2021

Category: Autobiography

What the publisher says: “In this love letter to the art of dance and the sport that has been her livelihood, NYCB’s first Asian American female soloist Georgina Pazcoguin lays bare her unfiltered story of leaving small-town Pennsylvania for New York City and training amid the unique demands of being a hybrid professional athlete/artist, all before finishing high school. She pitches us into the fascinating, whirling shoes of dancers in one of the most revered ballet companies in the world with an unapologetic sense of humor about the cutthroat, survival-of-the-fittest mentality at NYCB. Some swan dives are literal: even in the ballet, there are plenty of face-plants, backstage fights, late-night parties and raucous company bonding sessions.”

‘The Turnout: A Novel’

Author: Megan Abbott

Published: Aug. 3, 2021

Category: Literary Fiction

What the publisher says: “Taut and unnerving, ‘The Turnout’ is Megan Abbott at the height of her game. With uncanny insight and hypnotic writing, it is a sharp and strange dissection of family ties and sexuality, femininity and power, and a tale that is both alarming and irresistible.”

‘Center Center: A Funny, Sexy, Sad Almost-Memoir of a Boy in Ballet’

Author: James Whiteside

Published: Aug. 17, 2021

Category: Autobiography

What the publisher says: “‘Center Center’ is an exuberant behind-the-scenes tour of Whiteside’s triple life, both on- and offstage — a raunchy, curious, and unapologetic celebration of queerness, self-expression, friendship, sex, creativity, and pushing boundaries that will entertain you, shock you, inspire you, embolden you … and maybe even make you cry.”