Heartbreaking, inspirational memoir of music and friendship

Strings Attached: One Tough Teacher and the Gift of Great Expectations - Joanne Lipman, Melanie Kupchynsky

Beautiful double memoir of two women, a violin and a violist, as they remember their childhoods and young adulthood as shaped by their music teacher (which is one of the girl's father). It's at once a coming-of-age story as well as a meditation on the role of music, discipline, and art in our lives. The book is also about a friendship between two unlikely girls/women, charting how they become friends, grow apart, and then come back together through an unspeakable tragedy. Recommended for anyone who loves music, is an educator, or loves a well-written memoir.

 

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