Snake Hips: Belly Dancing and How I Found True Love

Snake Hips: Belly Dancing and How I Found True Love

Anne Thomas Soffee / Apr 04, 2020

Snake Hips Belly Dancing and How I Found True Love This hilariously uplifting memoir follows an Arab American woman s merry life as she shimmies her way from getting dumped by her tattoo artist boyfriend to coming to grips with being single ample an

  • Title: Snake Hips: Belly Dancing and How I Found True Love
  • Author: Anne Thomas Soffee
  • ISBN: 9781556524585
  • Page: 126
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This hilariously uplifting memoir follows an Arab American woman s merry life as she shimmies her way from getting dumped by her tattoo artist boyfriend to coming to grips with being single, ample, and 30 In the tradition of Bridget Jones s Diary but true, this uniquely American story is filled with colorful characters such as Rosie, the corn rowed truck driving belly danThis hilariously uplifting memoir follows an Arab American woman s merry life as she shimmies her way from getting dumped by her tattoo artist boyfriend to coming to grips with being single, ample, and 30 In the tradition of Bridget Jones s Diary but true, this uniquely American story is filled with colorful characters such as Rosie, the corn rowed truck driving belly dancer Fahed, cologne doused rich loser Too Tall Mary, a member of an amateur belly dancing troupe and Gimmel, the author s Jewish great uncle While searching online for a sexy sheik to save her from her lackluster existence, Soffee finds a belly dancing class in a catalog and, against the wishes of her Lebanese American extended family, enrolls in an attempt to find her roots and heal her heart Her life will never be the same as she discovers the riotous world of American belly dancing, a warm and welcoming subculture where younger and thinner are not necessarily better Surprised to find happiness among the zils and trills of attending classes and performing in moose lodges and county fairs, she finds true love along the way.

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    1. I wanted so badly to like this book! It especially sucks not to like a memoir, because it feels like you're saying you don't like the very real person whose story is told within its pages, but the fact is certain people's stories will resonate with you and others just won't. I've done bellydance in the past, and the idea of a woman using dance to get through difficult times with a lot of humor was right up my alley. And there were a couple of parts that genuinely made me laugh. About 3/4 of the [...]


    2. I found this book largely disappointing. I was curious to read it because it's about belly dancing and I'm a belly dancer. Belly dancing is not often depicted in literature.This book fell flat for me. Some aspects of belly dance culture were well depicted, but the book desperately needed an editor.And what really bugged me was the author's representation of Arab men. She's half Lebanese and decides she wants to date an Arabic man. (power to you.) But it seemed to me like she was fetishizing them [...]


    3. The subtitle of this book should have warned me away, but the reviews said "I was pleasantly surprised," so I gave it a skim. Endearingly, Soffee falls completely in love with belly dance, and the pleasure of this book is in the contrast between the what she sees as the glamorous and alluring nature of belly dance and the reality of where most of it is performed: community centers with folding chairs, Moose lodges, agricultural fairs. Soffee's first solo gets rudely booed in a nursing home. The [...]


    4. This is a good light read, with plenty of humor in it, which is exactly what I was looking for at this point in my life. (When you're eight months pregnant, those gut wrenching/deep social commentaries are just too much for your hormones to handle.)The premise of the book is based on Soffee's real life, but I'm not sure exactly how closely it follows it. The title explains it all: she dates a few guys, finally finds the right guy, and learns to bellydance during the whole process. Unless you're [...]


    5. Nothing makes you appreciate your family and upbringing more than reading about someone else's. (No matter how many times she calls it a "suburb", the author describes her hometown as a seriously creepy ghetto.)For the intermittent belly dancer, this book is a lot of fun, chock full of words that you'll feel all elite for knowing. It's a novelized account of how the author picked herself up (from bad relationships and drug addictions) and cleaned up her life, finding a new happiness and self-suf [...]


    6. This is just a regular old memoir, from my perspective. And it was repetitive. I don't think I could have handled any more references to her nerdy half-Lebanese self. I also don't really see how this woman, after three years of belly-dancing, didn't seem to get any better. She claimed she was a beginning three years in and that she was shy. I guess it seemed like the only proactive thing she did was go to a class, and then she got kind of swooped into the customs. Aside from seeking potential hu [...]


    7. I really REALLY enjoyed this book until the end. The author changed from past tense to present tense and failed to really end the story where it should have ended. Sure, it's autobiographical and life is constantly moving forward, but aesthetically I feel the book could have ended a chapter or two before it actually did. A fun read though, especially if you are interested in belly dance or are nearing 30 and still feeling a bit uncomfortable in adulthood.


    8. This was supposed to be a funny peek into a time from the author's life when after a crushing break-up she goes back to her childhood home in Richmond, VA to essentially hide. She becomes obsessed with digging into her Arabic heritage through belly dancing and searching for the perfect Arab man. Meh.


    9. I didn't love the story as much as I loved the writing. Nice to find an author who can put words together intelligently!



    10. I'm fond of this book, having found an ARC copy back in the early 2000s, when I started dancing. It belongs with "Problematic Faves," however. Soffee is an engaging writer, her enthusiasm for bellydance is infectious, and her account of her progress from dancing as an activity to dancing as a lifestyle feels accurate. It's very much a product of its time, though, when hipster nerdiness was an oddball fringe thing that was a source of defensiveness, online dating was still pretty weird, and fetis [...]


    11. This book was a disappointment to me. I have taken bellydance classes for several years, and have performed at haflas, so the descriptions of the bellydance classes, buying costumes, and backstage in the dressing rooms all rang true to me. That was the one thing that held my interest through the book. The more I read, the more I felt that if I heard this bellydancer talking to her friends, saying the things she says in the book, I would walk away rather than engage in her conversations. I was pa [...]


    12. I'm going to keep this review short because I read this one for a book club and I want to save most of my thoughts for the discussion.That said, I didn't really love this book, and that makes me sad because there aren't a lot of books for or about belly dancers.The author writes with something of a humorous, self-depreciating tone, but unfortunately she depreciates almost everyone around here, too. Family, boyfriends, fellow dancers, patrons In what seems like an attempt to make the book wacky, [...]


    13. I first sought this book out as an escapist memoir during spring break of my first year of grad school, and I wanted a fun book about something I love -- dancing! Almost two years later, I picked it up again because I wanted a funny and engaging read for relaxation an the book provides good reminder of how growth can be found in unexpected places.Snake Hips is particularly enjoyable because the author has a good sense of humor and self-awareness (or self-deprecation?) about her life and choices. [...]


    14. Bought this from the author at the first James River Writer's Festival way back in 2003. I enjoyed it a lot ~ the author has a wonderful voice and a very wry, humorous outlook on life to which I can relate. It didn't hurt that 99.9% of the book is set in Richmond VA, where I live.There was a lot about belly dancing, as you can gather from the title, and perhaps a bit more about the author's failed love life than I wanted to know about, but overall, I enjoyed the book immensely. My only complaint [...]


    15. Anne Thomas Soffee is a damn fine writer. Being married to someone studying bellydance (AKA Danse Orientale) it seemed like reading this was written in the rules IN INK for me. After about the first page, it was clear this would be no chore at all. Soffee is an engaging, entertaining writer, and she spins a tale of how bellydancing kept her mind occupied after moving back home to Virginia following a heart-breaking dumping from her then boyfriend, and helped not only rebuild her self-confidence, [...]


    16. Redemption through female camaraderie, finding one's ethnic roots and hip shaking. Soffee presents herself as a bit lost, very likable and earnest, always striving to be a better dancer, a better friend and a better Lebanese-American Princess. She recovers from a disastrous relationship with a tattoo artist (tattoo artists, she claims, tend to have barely legal girlfriends--not sure what the age of consent is in North Carolina) by throwing herself into belly dancing and finding some real friends [...]


    17. This was a definitely fun and light read. (I'm going by memory now as I've since swapped the book with another reader.) I enjoyed her behind-the-scenes look into the bellydance world, but I remember wishing more tribal bellydance was shown (that's what I danced). Anyway, Soffee's funny if not a little too self-conscious but, since the book's a definite light-read, her self-consciousness isn't so bad.


    18. I chanced upon this book after becoming a bit obsessive about belly dancing, doing a search at my public library, and having it show up among all of the instruction manuals and DVDs. I think Ms. Soffee would've approved.What a fun memoir - witty, smart, self-deprecating - everything I love in a memoir. Throw in rock and roll references, lots of belly dancing, and a happy ending and - well it's everything I like a memoir to be.I'd write more, but I need to work on my hip drops.


    19. I picked this book up because I am a bellydancer. I enjoyed the dancing aspects and could relate, but this book is great even if you're a non-dancer. I couldn't put the book down and have read it at least 3 times. I loved all her stories about her belly dance life and her relationship horror stories. I always laugh when I read this. Books about relationships usually aren't my thing, but these stories are in a class of their own! Great book!


    20. After being dumped by her long-time tattoo artist boyfriend, Anne finds a flier for belly dancing classes and tries it as a way to get over her ex and reconnect with her Lebanese roots. She throws herself full force into this specialized type of dancing and the unusual community that surrounds it. A great sneak peek into the world of belly dancing.-Kelly M.H.-


    21. I have been belly dancing for a little while, and I really enjoyed her description of the dance classes, the costumes (probably the funnest parts) and the teachers. This is probably the 3rd or 4th book about dance that I've read where the main female tries to find true hetero love by dancing. Women would do well to examine thedemographics of dance classes before choosing this approach.


    22. GUTGed on page 46. While I came down hard on Nerd Girl Rocks Paradise City, after I finished that book, I missed it, which made me realize I liked it more than I originally thought I did. So I thought I'd give this one a go. Unfortunately, I couldn't get into it, maybe because it was devoid of Danzig encounters. Thus, another one, as they say, bites the dust.


    23. I am a belly dancer and my dance tribe decided to read this! We loved it. I thought it was so honest and funny and relatable. If you're a belly dance or wish to belly dance- read this one. Yah! All of the ladies I danced with agreed that it actually helped through some of our 'stuff' while laughing the pages away. Awesome book!


    24. Interesting book. It was much more about belly dancing than the true love. I liked the interspersed stories about disastrous dating--good comedy. The belly dancing part was empowering! The true love shouldn't have been billed on the front cover because I didn't think that was really what it was about.


    25. This book was actually more interesting as a sort of character study (except for a real person) or a discussion of how people construct their own identities rather than a memoir itself. It definitely gave me some food for thought, but it wasn't as engrossing as I would have liked.


    26. Dumped by her boyfriend and facing 30, Soffee decides to take up belly dancing to get in touch with her Lebanese roots. Her adventures are touching and funny.What did I from this book? Younger and thinner are not necessarily better. Isn't it worth picking up just for that?


    27. This isn't really a book about bellydancing, per so. The woman in the book takes up bellydancing as a way to escape the unhappingess in her life, meet people that boost her self-esteem, etc. As a relatively new student of TRIBAL bellydancing, I related to her story in many, many ways. :)


    28. I thought it might be a bit dumb, but I didn't care as I wanted to read it anyway, and I was very pleasantly surprised! She weaves in lots of psychology and coming to terms with her Lebanese background and family members and I thoroughly enjoyed it!


    29. This book was slow and uninteresting. I suppose she felt her (boring) life had been interesting enough (to someone)to write this drivel but it was a long story about her loneliness and desperation. It doesn't talk about actual belly dancing much at all.


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