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Sounds Like Titanic: A Memoir by [Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman]
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An Amazon Best Book of February 2019: True story: A poor, young Appalachian woman heads to an Ivy League with ambitions of becoming a concert violinist. When she gets there, she learns that she’s not nearly good enough, and she’s killing herself to make tuition. Still, she answers a job listing on a message board for a seat in some kind of “ensemble,” and she’s hired without an audition. Her first gig is selling CDs by a man only identified as The Composer at a booth in a craft fair while two other musicians (one on violin, the other on penny whistle) play low under loudly broadcast New Age-y music, which sounds vaguely, or maybe a lot, like the Titanic soundtrack. Soon she’s onstage with The Composer himself, touring the country in a derelict RV with a select “ensemble,” miming the music emanating from a hidden CD player for adoring crowds—an act Hindman dubs “Milli Violini.” In our new age of malleable facts and fungible truth, Sounds Like Titanic hits some trenchant notes on the nature of truth and uncomfortable observations on gender. She anguishes over both the deception (and an overwhelming fear of being caught) and what feels like the betrayal of a lifetime of support from family and her small-town community. But it’s also entertaining. Hindman somehow avoids any meanness of spirit, even while having a lot of fun at the Yanni-like Composer’s expense. (We’re never given the his real name, but one will speculate.) “Fake it till you make it”—a phrase Hindman never writes, probably consciously—might not be so bad, after all. --Jon Foro, Amazon Book Review --This text refers to the hardcover edition.


Sounds Like Titanic would be unbelievable as a novel, but as a memoir it is deliciously bizarre and utterly American. It’s a Coen Brothers movie come to life―Ruby Tuesday, QVC, and one woman working for years as a fake violinist for classical music’s version of Thomas Kinkade. I couldn’t put it down.”
- Caitlin Doughty, bestselling author of From Here to Eternity and Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

“Sardonic, moving.”
- New Yorker

“[An] outrageously funny, shrewdly meta memoir.”
- O, The Oprah Magazine

“[A] most original memoir, one in which the narrator’s intelligence deepens by the page…. I salute Jessica Hindman for having shaped so well a remarkable piece of experience.”
- 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.”

“Brave and captivating. ”
- Tucker Coombe, Los Angeles Review of Books

“[A] rich, powerful book.”
- 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.

Product details

  • 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
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 86 ratings

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