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The Defender

Deirdre Kelly is a journalist, author and internationally recognized dance critic. She has written for Dance Magazine in New York and the Dance Gazette in London and is a contributor to the International Dictionary of Ballet.

The award-winning dance critic for Canada’s The Globe and Mail, she is currently the newspaper’s style reporter reporting on fashion and design. Her articles have also appeared in Vogue, Marie Claire, Interview, Canadian Geographic and Chatelaine magazines, among others.

Educated at the University of Toronto, she is the author of the national best-seller, Paris Times Eight, a Paris-inspired memoir, and the critically-acclaimed Ballerina: Sex, Scandal and Suffering Behind the Symbol of Perfection, named a Top 100 Book of 2012 by The Globe and Mail.

Married with two children, she lives in Toronto and owns a property near Thornbury, Ontario.

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Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Muro is the intensely readable, touching, and very funny story of Del Jordan, a young woman who journeys from the carelessness of childhood through an uneasy adolescence in search of love and sexual experience.

As Del dreams of becoming famous, suffers embarrassment about her mother, endures the humiliation of her body”s insistent desires, and tries desperately to fall in love, she grapples with the crises that mark the passage to womanhood.

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