Sounds Like Titanic: A Memoir

· W. W. Norton & Company
3.8
13 reviews
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272
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A Finalist for the 2019 National Book Critics Circle Award in Autobiography

"Deliciously bizarre and utterly American.…[A] Coen brothers movie come to life.…I couldn't put it down." —Caitlin Doughty, best-selling author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?

Sounds Like Titanic tells the unforgettable story of how Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman became a fake violinist. Struggling to pay her college tuition, Hindman accepts a dream position in an award-winning ensemble that brings ready money. But the ensemble is a sham. When the group performs, the microphones are off while the music—which sounds suspiciously like the soundtrack to the movie Titanic—blares from a hidden CD player. Hindman, who toured with the ensemble and its peculiar Composer for four years, writes with unflinching candor and humor about her surreal and quietly devastating odyssey. Sounds Like Titanic is at once a singular coming-of-age memoir about the lengths to which one woman goes to make ends meet and an incisive articulation of modern anxieties about gender, class, and ambition.

3.8
13 reviews
A Google user
The first half of this memoir is absolutely hilarious in a very original manner. Bogs down a bit in the second half but still worth listening to as one of the quirkiest stories ever.
A Google user
I received a free copy of the audio book version of this book, from LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program, in exchange for an honest review. In general, I loved this book. I appreciated that the ...
A Google user
I knew almost nothing before starting this (including the fact that it was a memoir), but found the audiobook completely captivating. The author moves backward and forward in time from the age of five ...

About the author

Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman has “performed” on PBS, QVC, and at concert halls worldwide. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, McSweeney's, Brevity, and Hippocampus. She holds a BA in Middle Eastern studies and an MFA in creative nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and a PhD in English from the University of North Texas. She teaches creative writing at Northern Kentucky University and lives in Newport, Kentucky.

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