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Sounds Like Titanic: A Memoir

Sounds Like Titanic: A Memoir

A young woman leaves Appalachia for a life as a classical musician in New York--or so she thinks.

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ISBN 9780393651645
Barcode 9780393651645
Published 5 March 2019 by WW Norton & Co
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Hindman, Jessica Chiccehitto
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ISBN-13 9780393651645
ISBN-10 0393651649
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher WW Norton & Co
Imprint WW Norton & Co
Publication Date 5 March 2019
International Publication Date 12 February 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Hindman, Jessica Chiccehitto
Category Theory Of Music & Musicology
Composers & Musicians
Biography & Autobiography
Biography & Autobiography: Film, Television, Music, Theatre
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Width: 147mm
Height: 218mm
Spine: 25mm
Weight 350g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Violinists - Biography - United States, Swindlers and swindling, Autobiographies, Violinists - United States, Women violinists - United States
NBS Text Autobiography: General
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 787.2092
Catalogue Code 959628

Description of this Book

When aspiring violinist Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman lands a job with a professional ensemble, she imagines she has achieved her lifelong dream. But the ensemble proves to be a sham. When the group performs, the microphones are never on. Instead, the music blares from a CD. The mastermind behind this scheme is a peculiar and mysterious figure known as The Composer, who is gaslighting his audiences with music that sounds suspiciously like the Titanic soundtrack. On tour with his chaotic ensemble, Hindman spirals into crises of identity and disillusionment as she plays for audiences genuinely moved by the performance, unable to differentiate real from fake. With vulnerability, humor, and sharp insight into ambition and gender, Hindman tells a surreal coming-of-age story that perfectly articulates the anxieties and illusions of her generation. As Sounds Like Titanic swells to a crescendo, it gives voice to the failed promises of a nation that takes comfort in false realities.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Deliciously bizarre and utterly American. It's a Coen Brothers movie come to life-Ruby Tuesdays, 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 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, co-author of The Disaster Artist and author of Apostle

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Author's Bio

Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman has performed on PBS, QVC, and at concert halls worldwide. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, McSweeney's, Brevity, and Hippocampus. She holds a BA in Middle Eastern studies and an MFA in creative nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and a PhD in English from the University of North Texas. She teaches creative writing at Northern Kentucky University and lives in Newport, Kentucky

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