Lani Ito, the heroine of THE PARTNERSHIP (Extra Credit #1), is a voracious reader and a gifted writer of dance criticism…. Here are ten of her favorite books!  Click here to download a PDF version. Enjoy!

  1. Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching Godis an amazing coming of age story that meant a lot to Lani.
  2. Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bonesoffers great strategies for dealing with writer’s block.
  3. The Pocket Pena Chodron--because Buddhist nuns know how to stay calm.
  4. Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, where the pushover pushes back!
  5. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsbyfor the sheer beauty of the prose, and because the movie is gorgeous too.
  6. The Grand Sophyby Georgette Heyer is a classic romance with another irresistible cranky hero… (and it’s even on Kindle Unlimited!).
  7. To learn the craft of arts criticism you can’t do better than Pauline Kael, who makes it okay to have (and defend) a strong opinion.
  8. For ballet buffs and New Yorkers,George Balanchineand his New York City Ballet set a high bar(re!).
  9. Lani is right: Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Ownis a classic AND a short easy read. 
  10. And finally, spoiler alert! By the end of the series Lani will make use of Molly Bloom’s famous last words in James Joyce’s Ulysses… wait and see!