Steve Lopez’s The Soloist

I just saw Miracle at St. Anna and I’m already searching for the next book turned movie release. So what did I find? Steve Lopez’s The Soloist. Learn more:

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.

Happy reading, ya’ll.

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4 thoughts on “Steve Lopez’s The Soloist

  1. speaking of books-turned-into-film, did you ever see/read “the namesake.” the movie is wonderful! i’ve read jhumpa lahiri’s stort story collection “interpreter of maladies” (which was awesome), but I haven’t gotten around to reading “the namesake.”

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  2. I haven’t read any of Lahiri’s books, but I loved the Namesack film and own the DVD! Will definitely check out her book of short stories. As a matter of fact, I’m looking to improve my current short story collection of books.

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