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This is the true story of journalist Steve Lopez's discovery of Nathaniel Ayers, a former classical bass student at Julliard, playing his heart out on a two-string violin on Los Angeles' Skid Row. Deeply affected by the beauty of Ayers's music, Lopez took it upon himself to change the prodigy's life-only to find that their relationship has had a profound change on his own life.
Location: Street: 1200 11th St City: Bellingham, Province: Washington Postal Code: 98225-7015 Country: United States (adicionado a partir de IndieBound)… (mais)
This month Farley's Book Club will be reading Steve Lopez's The Soloist. We will be meeting one week later than usual. As usual, please meet in the back room of Farley's for stimulating discussion and light refreshments! (booksense)… (mais)
Steve Lopez - author of On the Same Page 2009 pick The Soloist
The Soloist is an inspiring story of music and friendship, as well as a compelling examination of homelessness, mental illness, public policy, and race in America. On the Same Page is a project of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. (archaism)
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. Over time, Lopez and Ayers form a bond, and Lopez imagines that he might be able to change Ayers's life. For each triumph, there is a crashing disappointment, yet neither man gives up. Join us as Vroman's celebrates the release of the movie The Soloist, a major motion picture from Dreamworks based on Lopez' poignant and hopeful true story of friendship, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx. (booksense)… (mais)
When Lopez, an L.A. Times columnist, first saw Nathaniel Ayers in March 2005, he was intrigued. Dressed in grubby, soiled rags standing next to a shopping cart, the middle-aged man was playing Beethoven on a battered violin that looked as if it had been pulled from a dumpster. Lopez found it impossible to walk away from this musical genius whose talent had been buried under years of untreated mental illness, and what originally started out as a simple column has become a moving story about second chances and the power of human connection & friendships. (booksense)… (mais)