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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Triangle Square (October 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609804244
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609804244
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Laurie Rubin shows that we need not be defined by what others may see as our limitations. With her remarkable approach to life and her extraordinary musical achievements, she is an inspiring example to all who are finding their way."
—Katherine Damkohler, Executive Director, Education Through Music

"I’ve never met Laurie Rubin, but her voice and spirit leap off the page of her riveting memoir. Despite all the obstacles and prejudice Rubin faced growing up blind, reading Do You Dream in Color? left me feeling that she’s had a charmed life. . .Art, love, family, and connectedness are the high notes Rubin hits again and again in this unusually inspiring life story.”
—Elizabeth Benedict, author of Almost and The Practice of Deceit

"Do You Dream in Color? shows the same clarity, honesty, and devotion that Laurie has always had with her art. A wonderful book."
—Frederica von Stade, mezzo-soprano

“Her book is riveting and readers will find themselves cheering for her victories and feeling her pain when peers and instructors dismiss her or treat her as if she is invisible or 'less-than' her sighted contemporaries.”
 —Jewish Book Council

About the Author

Blind since birth, mezzo-soprano LAURIE RUBIN recently received high praise from New York Times chief classical music critic Anthony Tommasini, who wrote she possesses "compelling artistry," "communicative power," and that her voice displays "earthy, rich and poignant qualities." Recent career highlights include her United Kingdom solo recital debut performance at Wigmore Hall in London as well as her solo recital debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Ms. Rubin has performed concerts of new music with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and has performed numerous roles, including the lead role of Karen in The Rat Land by Gordon Beeferman with New York City Opera, Penelope in Monteverdi's The Return of Ulysses, and the title role in Rossini's "La Cenerentola." She has recorded a CD of art songs with renowned collaborative pianists Graham Johnson and David Wilkinson on the Opera Omnia label. She is co-founder and associate artistic director of Ohana Arts, a performing arts school and festival in Hawaii. She also designs her own line of handmade jewelry, LR Look.

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Her book has humor, great description and is very inspiring.
T. P. Handy
After having the amazing gift of hearing Laurie sing and share her story in person, her story was one I wanted to read immediately.
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When the book came in I read it from cover to cover in a very short time (unlike me).
Marina Veron

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alan A. Elsner VINE VOICE on November 1, 2012
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Laurie Rubin's memoir of how she overcame her blindness to carve out a career as an operatic singer is a testament to an unquenchable spirit.

Born to intelligent, affluent and loving parents in California, Laurie was fortunate to have had all the advantages that such an upbringing would suggest. Except for one thing - Laurie was born blind, unable to see anything except white light. But Laurie, as every page of her entrancing memoir testifies, was also born with an unstoppable optimism - a can-do attitude that refuses to give up on any aspect of life's riches. Backed up by her family, she learned to ski, she has a bat mitzvah and discovers a wonderful singing voice coupled with a rare musical talent.

Every page of this book is infused by Laurie's unstoppable drive to live life to its fullest. The words "I can't" are simply not in her vocabulary. Instead, she asks, "how can I?" -- and then she goes ahead and does whatever it is.

Laurie attends Oberlin College and Yale University; she also discovers she is a lesbian and plunges into that aspect of her life with the same gusto with which she attacks everything else. (Her reticence about one long-term relationship is a blind spot in the book. I understand that Laurie wants to preserve aspects of he privacy but I definitely had questions about what happened to the relationship and how and why it ended. If you want to write a memoir, you kind of give up your right to total privacy).

Laurie even manages to star in a production of Rossini's opera "La Cenerentola" navigating around the stage by counting steps. Sure, she suffers slights and setbacks - but her success as a blind singer also inspires people to give her a chance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marina Veron on November 25, 2012
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Most of the books I read are spiritual, mystical and esoteric.
However I have been fortunate to know Laurie and her family at some point in my life.
When her mother Lily informed me of Laurie's book I immediately pre-purchased it. When the book came in I read it from cover to cover in a very short time (unlike me). I truly enjoyed this book, the part where Brian was explaining the nodding of the head and the body movements just cracked me up. The writing is very good, I was totally in the life of Laurie. Congratulations Laurie, you're good! ;-) I was also very fortunate to have heard Laurie sing several times live and had watery eyes each time! Love and Light to you and yours Laurie ! Big hug from us in France <3 Marina and Alexandre
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. P. Handy on October 30, 2013
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Laurie may not have sight but she is living a very insightful life. Her book has humor, great description and is very inspiring. She is a great talent in innumerable ways. I just sent her book to a 10 year old, a 36 year old and a 70 year old person for their birthdays. All of the recipients loved Laurie and her entertaining book. I recommend this wonderful story for all ages of readers..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisezplus on May 17, 2014
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After enjoying an evening with Ms. Rubin in Palm Springs, I was interested in hearing more of her story. Her live performance held at Palm Springs high school was filled not only with her beautiful voice, but anecdotal stories of her life. I found in Laurie's book the same joy, and the same emotions which moved me to laughter and to tears that evening in Palm Springs.
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How interesting can a book be written by someone just really getting into her career? She's an opera singer, for heaven's sake!!

I actually know Ms. Rubin (I'm mentioned in the book) and I have always respected her greatly. Reading this raises my understanding and appreciation of her to a totally new plain.

Her ability to capture vignettes of life vividly gives anyone a lesson in writing. Her ability to be candid - alternately self-deprecating and boldly assertive - makes this book a delightfuly read.

If you think reading about the life and adventures of someone without sight is sure to be boring, I can only say that this book certainly is not. Whether describing the thrill of skiing down a hill or the clashing emotions of the first kiss, Laurie Rubin tells her story with clarity and humor, yet always moving us with the challenges she meets and conquers.

It is a story worthy of the subtitle of her favorite opera: Virtue Triumphant.
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Laurie's determination alone makes for a good story. I had hoped to avoid the cliche of characterizing Laurie as an inspiration, but it is gratifying to read of her accomplishments in academic as well as musical arenas.

Jewish Law commands that one should not "place a stumbling block before the blind" (Leviticus 19:14) and this is the first time I've considered this prohibition through the eyes of person who is both Jewish and blind. It's interesting to note that the most "enlightened" educational institutions seem to be the most adept at creating barriers.

My favorite aspect of the book is Laurie's relationship to color and her ability to embrace the symbolic and emotional value of color without ever having experienced it through her own eyes. Why would a sightless person decorate a dorm room with posters and family photographs? I guess for the same reasons I would -- to express individuality and be surrounded by those I love.
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