Author Archives: Alice Robb


My second book, Don’t Think, Dear: On Loving and Leaving Ballet, was published by Mariner Books/HarperCollins (US) on February 28, 2023 and by Oneworld (UK) on March 2, 2023. It’s been called “an elegantly incisive, meditative work” (Kirkus); “a beautiful, difficult, and compelling memoir” (Vanity Fair); “a nuanced, intimate mash-up of memoir, reportage and cultural criticism” (The Guardian); and “remarkable for its nuance and insight…a book about love, even if that love is ultimately unrequited” (Times Literary Supplement). You can learn more about it in this New York Times profile, “Letting Go of Her Ballet Dream.”

My first book, Why We Dream, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in November 2018 and was recommended by places like Vogue, Elle, TIME, New York and The Guardian. It has been translated into many foreign languages.

You can read an excerpt, which appeared on the cover of The New York Times Sunday Review, here.

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