Archive for March, 2019

EVERY NOTE PLAYED by Lisa Genova

March 29th, 2019

From neuroscientist and the New York Times best selling author of Still Alice, Lisa Genova, comes a powerful exploration of regret, forgiveness, freedom, & what it means to be alive.

An accomplished concert pianist, Richard received standing ovations from audiences all over the world in awe of his rare combination of emotional resonance & flawless technique.  Richard now has ALS, & his entire right arm is paralyzed.  The loss of his hand feels like a death, a loss of true love, a divorce—his divorce.  Three years ago, Karina removed their framed wedding picture from the living room wall & hung a mirror there instead.  When Richard becomes increasingly paralyzed & is no longer able to live on his own, Karina becomes his reluctant caretaker.

Poignant & powerful, Every Note Played is a masterful exploration of redemption & what it means to find peace inside of forgiveness.

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In Extremis: The Life & Death of the War Correspondent Marie Colvin-by Lindsey Hilsum

March 15th, 2019

Lindsey Hillum’s  In Extremis is a devastating & revelatory biography of one of the greatest war correspondents of her generation.

Marie Colvin lost the sight in one eye while in Sri Lanka covering the civil war.  She interviewed Gaddafi & Arafat many times, repeatedly risked her life covering conflicts in Chechnya, East Timor, Kosovo, & the Middle East.  Colvin lived her personal life in extremis, too:  bold, driven & complex, she was married twice, took many lovers, drank & smoked, & rejected society’s expectations for women.  Despite PTSD, she refused to give up reporting. Like her hero, Martha Gellhorn, Colvin was committed to bearing witness to the horrifying truths of war, & to shining a light on the profound suffering of ordinary people caught in the midst of conflict.  When Marie Colvin was killed in an artillery attack in Homs, Syria, in 2012, at age 56, the world lost a fearless & iconoclastic war correspondent who covered the most significant global calamities of her time.

 

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