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Do You Dream in Color?: Insights from a Girl Without Sight Paperback – October 23, 2012
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—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 has been praised by New York Times chief classical music critic Anthony Tommasini for her "compelling artistry," "communicative power," and for a voice that possesses "earthy, rich and poignant qualities." Recent career highlights include her United Kingdom solo recital debut performance at Wigmore Hall in London and a solo recital at Carnegie Hall. Rubin’s numerous roles have included the part 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 an album, Faith in Spring, with the renowned collaborative pianists Graham Johnson and David Wilkinson on the Opera Omnia label. Rubin is also the co-founder and associate artistic director of Ohana Arts, a performing arts school and festival in Hawaii, where she lives.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was well written, interesting to read, and an all around good book. I would recommend it to anyone to readPublished 7 months ago by mlrech
After having the amazing gift of hearing Laurie sing and share her story in person, her story was one I wanted to read immediately. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Portlandia
I am blind and liked this girl's attitude and spirit. I liked how she wants to be just like everyone else and tries to be. Read morePublished on December 13, 2013 by Amanda L. Davis
Laurie's story is very inspiring. This story is an insightful journey into the life and experiences of someone who is blind, but is fortunate enough to have supportive family and... Read morePublished on August 8, 2013 by Janice
It was not written well and also seemed to be full of grandiose comments.I am not recommending this book to my friendsPublished on July 28, 2013 by Lee Chodak
The author has traveled a singular journey as a sightless young woman, and her story demonstrates the possibilities that might otherwise be unimaginable for those born blind. Read morePublished on June 20, 2013 by RG
I enjoyed the writing style, particularly the poems that introduced each section. I would rate this book as an autobiography rather than a novel or a piece of non- fiction. Read morePublished on January 16, 2013 by James M. Yates