July Book Club

  • July 16, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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This month's read is "The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music" by Steve Lopez

When Steve Lopez saw Nathaniel Ayers playing his heart out on a two-string violin on Los Angeles skid row, he found it impossible to walk away. More than thirty years earlier, Ayers had been a promising classical bass student at Juilliard ambitious, charming, and also one of the few African-Americans until he gradually lost his ability to function, overcome by schizophrenia. When Lopez finds him, Ayers is homeless, paranoid, and deeply troubled, but glimmers of that brilliance are still there.

Over time, Steve Lopez and Nathaniel Ayers form a bond, and Lopez imagines that he might be able to change Ayers's life. Lopez collects donated violins, a cello, even a stand-up bass and a piano; he takes Ayers to Walt Disney Concert Hall and helps him move indoors. For each triumph, there is a crashing disappointment, yet neither man gives up. In the process of trying to save Ayers, Lopez finds that his own life is changing, and his sense of what one man can accomplish in the lives of others begins to expand in new ways.

Poignant and ultimately hopeful, The Soloist is a beautifully told story of friendship and the redeeming power of music.


GRAND INQUISITOR: Tracey Atkinson

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  • Dianne J.

    Again, everyone had read the book and participated in the discussion.

    July 17, 2013

  • Kevin M.

    It's looking like I'm going to be stuck at work tonight. This weather is playing havoc with our systems.. sorry everyone! Will miss you guys!

    July 16, 2013

    • Kathie

      Yeah, crazy weather.

      July 16, 2013

    • Dianne J.

      We missed you, Kevin. We know you will join us if you can because you always do.

      July 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Doesn't look like I'll be able to make it. Of all days to have a migraine headache. :( Hopefully next month!

    July 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My work schedule changed, so I will not be free on Tuesdays for a few months. I'm sad to miss out this month- it's a great topic.

    July 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am sorry I won't be able to come so the person on wait list can go.

    July 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm game to be the Inquisitor.

    1 · July 11, 2013

    • Kathie

      Cool! Now, between now and then, be thinking of 2 or 3 books you've read recently that you would recommend for an upcoming book club selection. That's the fun of being the Inquisitor - you get a say in what we read next. :)

      July 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Tracey! Don't forget to bring a list of recommended reads for the group to vote on!

      1 · July 11, 2013

  • Kathie

    Anyone brave enough to step up and be moderator? :)

    July 10, 2013

  • Patti Moore Sauvageot W.

    This book has, for me, provoked many thoughts. Where as I read and understand the beauty of music and the effect it can have on many I am reading more about the mentally ill and homeless. There are people out on the streets that come from all facets of life and many have talents that we overlook because of their physical appearance and homelessness. Because of music, Steve noticed Nathaniel and this meeting had an impact, not only on Steve and Nathaniel, but a population of the grossly misunderstood. The book presented a real life dilemma, how do we help the mentally ill who live on the streets. And how do we help someone who can't help themself, how far can we go and do we go. Most importantly, how much of ourselves are we willing to give to help. This is the question!
    Enjoyed the book so much that I am now reading The Soloist by Mark Salzman. Look forward to book club on the 16th at The Bistro.

    July 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Depending on location.

    July 3, 2013

  • TERRI B.

    I just watched the movie. It was excellent, Looking forward to reading the book.

    June 19, 2013

  • CherylAnn P.

    What is the title?

    June 9, 2013

  • Kristi

    Can't make July. I'll be at my annual writing conference. I'll still read the book, though!

    June 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Umm, I cant work out where on this site to look up next month's book. Help!

    May 28, 2013

  • Pattie

    Do we know what we're reading for July yet?

    May 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    GRAND INQUISITOR Author? Dostoyevsky or Zmirak, or someone else? thanks!

    April 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      oops! never mind; I see it's a person, not a book...

      April 16, 2013

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