Eight of us met to discuss Strings Attached by Joanne Lipman. Most of us agreed that this was a compelling memoir about a violin teacher in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He brought a level of passion and discipline to his students that would be hard to match in today’s schools.  Let’s just say his method was not to coddle but to push them to their limit. His story is told from the perspective of a former student and from Melanie Kupchynsky, the man’s daughter, who went on to be a performer with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Here are other books we are reading:

Shameless Exploitation by Paul Newman and A.E. Hotchner

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

At the Water’s Edge by Sarah Gruen

An Italian Wife by Ann Hood

The Road to Character by David Brooks

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

Whose Names are Unknown by Sanora Babb