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- Vivian Gornick, author of The Odd Woman and the City: A Memoir
“Sounds Like Titanic … is a memoir with bite. …[Hindman’s] fascinating personal story, with its unexpected twists, puts the memorable into this memoir.”
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- Tucker Coombe, Los Angeles Review of Books
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- Constance Grady, Vox
“It’s difficult to write a funny, angry book. It’s even harder to write a merciless, empathetic book. But here comes Jessica Hindman, doing the impossible with a funny, angry, merciless, empathetic book that’s not only a hugely entertaining memoir, but an insightful meditation on a time in our nation’s recent history whose strange and ominous influence grows more apparent by the day.”
- Tom Bissell, author of Apostle and coauthor of The Disaster Artist
“Hindman is an emissary for a generation, repurposing its sarcasm and irony in a nuanced, humorous, and intelligent look at what it means to construct and consume fake realities in post-9/11 America.”
- Angela Palm, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize for Riverine
“It’s rare that a memoir―or any book―manages to be gripping, intelligent, witty, informative, and relatable all at the same time. Hindman mourns her lack of success as a professional musician, but we can all be endlessly happy she became a writer instead.”
- Katherine Heiny, author of Standard Deviation --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- Publication Date : February 12, 2019
- File Size : 2565 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 264 pages
- Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company (February 12, 2019)
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- X-Ray : Enabled
- ASIN : B07DP75SST
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #272,801 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Those stars were earned because this is not only a beautifully written book and a compelling story, it is also a book that required (on the part of the author) courage, intelligence, research, and brutal honesty to peel back the layers of lies, truth, perception, and raw emotion around several years of her life. It is ultimately a book about humanity and the many ways each person chooses to cope with life, luck (good and bad), hardship, and the stories we tell ourselves in an attempt to make sense of it all. it is also a fascinating and clear-eyed perspective on the challenges of coming of age in the late 1990s and the cultural and psychological impact of 9/11 on our whole society.
Jessica toured for several years as a violinist with an ensemble who only pretended to play and the audience heard only canned music. This alone was a strange and fascinating story. Her myriad physical and mental health issues during this time were hard to read about, but she poignantly depicted the turbulence and danger of youthful anxiety and stress. The author tells her story with honesty and compassion...compassion for her young self and for the parents she knows she is lucky to have.
Some of the writing took my breath away as it pulled me into her world and experiences. Her description of the emotional impact of the music she played on the violin in a high school concert from Fritz Kreisler's "Praeludium and Allegro in the style of Pugnani" was one of the most brilliant and masterful pieces of writing about a powerful musical experience I've ever read (think Ann Patchett's passages about opera in Bel Canto).
Besides writing exquisitely, besides bringing us a fascinating story, besides taking us on a thoughtful journey through turn-of-the-21st-century culture and societal landmarks, Jessica Hindman has also shown us how to look at life, sift through the clues to its meaning, and find the strength to identify and hang on to what's true and worth preserving—how to navigate the pain, confusion, and messiness and still emerge with newfound insights, convictions, and appreciations—ones that will serve you well for the next leg of your journey.
Bravo, Jessica. You've reminded us that we must never let anyone else define success for us. It is ours alone to define and embrace, as you have clearlydone in your own life.
I really appreciated the vulnerability she put into this book. It allows even a reader with the most boring life to relate to the sometimes crazy experiences the author had. While Jessica is critiquing her young self for her inability to make a living doing something important, I'm admiring all of the ways that she at least tried, harder than most people ever try at anything. Before I even finished reading this book it was obvious that she had managed to do something important and creative: This book is brilliant. I can't wait to read what she writes next.
Hindman's writing is sharp and funny. Her observational skills allow her to create very involved scenes that were fun to read. She is honest about what drove her actions throughout the book, which I appreciate a great deal. Life is complex and it's not always easy to draw a line from point A to point C. This was a compelling read, and I enjoyed it a great deal, but I was left with a lot of unanswered questions.
I highly recommend this for readers of memoir, and those looking for a compelling non-fiction read.
Top reviews from other countries
Resist the temptation to find out who "The Composer" is, the author doesn't name him. Instead, read what she says about him, and what his listeners feel about his music. You'll be moved and surprised
A great book, not just about the very interesting author's experience in a kid-on orchestra, but about a woman and how she got here