Val Chmerkovskiy Memoir ‘I’ll Never Change My Name’ Releasing In 2018

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Val Chmerkovskiy Memoir Book

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Val Chmerkovskiy Memoir Book

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“Dancing with the Stars” pro Val Chmerkovskiy has written a memoir titled I’ll Never Change My Name that will hit bookshelves in 2018, Gossip Cop has learned. The book, subtitled An Immigrant’s American Dream from Ukraine to the USA to Dancing with the Stars, will chronicle the dancer’s humble beginnings and subsequent rise to fame.

Chmerkovskiy joined the ABC reality competition show in 2011, following in the footsteps of his older brother Maks, who first appeared in 2006. In his book, the dancer looks back at his childhood in Odessa, Ukraine, and his Jewish family’s immigration to the United States after enduring anti-Semitism in their native land. Chmerkovskiy will reveal what it was like growing up as an outsider and trying to fit into a different culture, as well as how he went on to become a pro dancer.

Publisher Harper Collins notes on its website that Chmerkovskiy’s forthcoming book “illuminates his soul, revealing a deep, thoughtful person who channels his emotions and socially conscious views through his art. The beloved dance champion and choreographer assesses his life and career so far – where he’s come from and where he hopes to go.” The publishing giant further describes the dancer’s memoir as “inspiring, heartfelt, and compulsively readable.” The book will also feature the dancer’s poetry and 16 pages of never-before-seen photographs. Maks wrote the foreward to the memoir which “is filled with the moments that have moved and shaped Val and is sure to touch readers’ hearts as well,” according to Harper Collins.

Although Chmerkovskiy himself has yet to release an official statement about the memoir, the dancer teased on Instagram in early September that he was working on a book. The dancer posted a screenshot of a manuscript, along with an emoji of a piece of paper being written on with a pencil. I’ll Never Change My Name hits bookshelves March 6, 2018.

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