Book Review - SOUNDS LIKE TITANIC, by Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman


Travis read this new memoir recently, and has this to say about it:

One of the fabulous perks of being a bookseller is the opportunity to read advance copies of books. As soon as Sounds Like Titanic arrived in our advance copy stack, I knew I had to read it. I mean come on, the story of playing a silent violin while music blares from a CD player is a must read.

The first several chapters are dedicated to laying out this premise -- how she landed the gig and what led up to it. But when you delve more into the story a number of other intricacies and insights are revealed. After all, Hindman began playing in the “fake” orchestra in college so there is invariably a coming of age understory (what she calls “life in the body”) that focuses on gender and the perceptions of women and girls in the United States. But it is perhaps Hindman’s area of study at university that is the most interesting.

With the halfway point of this memoir falling around 2001, the tale cannot be complete without a discussion of 9/11. And Hindman’s area of study in Middle Eastern study sets her at the forefront of what could be a hot commodity as a journalist but what she finds is interesting, leading her to instead continue playing her silent violin and selling her eggs.

A fully humorous, enjoyable read -- Hindman masterfully weaves a story so odd, endearing and with such topical range that it seems Sounds Like Titanic should be fiction and not non-fiction.

We of course have several copies so come on in and grab a copy!