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Sounds Like Titanic: A Memoir by Jessica…

Sounds Like Titanic: A Memoir

by Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman

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Unable to afford the tuition at her pricey Ivy League university, Appalachia native Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman embarks upon a variety of money-making ventures, including a job pretending to play the violin in a hugely successful, but fake, orchestra. This ensemble, led by a mysterious figure Hindman calls The Composer, successfully tours the United States and sells thousands of dollars worth of CDs at each weekend show. The Composer's emotionally-stirring music sounds a lot like the Titanic movie soundtrack. According to Hindman, most of the audience doesn't realize that the "performed" music is not really live.

Sounds Like Titanic is both a memoir of the author's coming of age and a meditation on the beginnings of our reality-challenged times. If you are tempted to feel nostalgic for the late 1990s-early 2000s, this book will quickly disabuse you from that notion. Highly recommended. ( )
  akblanchard | Feb 18, 2019 |
Fake it until you make it is the premise of this book. This is an inside look at a musical group that made a living for four years in the equivalent of a lip-syncing orchestra. The memoir covers the period when a 21-year-old aspiring violinist landed a position to play for a well-known orchestra. The writing is clever and a thought provoking look at the thin line between reality and perception. This is the author’s first novel. ( )
  bemislibrary | Jan 27, 2019 |
So bizarre. I do not know how else to describe this. A nice mix of coming of age from Appalachia to New York with a twilight zone like venture into being a professional musician. If playing, but not really playing counts? You have to read it to believe it! Now we just have to figure out who this Composer really is... ( )
  JJbooklvr | Dec 12, 2018 |
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