"A MUST-READ"! - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Who is that one person who changed your life forever? The one who pushed you to dream bigger and reach higher? The one who set you straight on what matters in life?
In the spirit of Tuesdays with Morrie and The Last Lecture, the critically-acclaimed STRINGS ATTACHED: One Tough Teacher and the Gift of Great Expectations reminds us of the mentors we all have had in our lives – and explores the fine art of tough love.
Called “a must-read” by Kirkus in a starred review, STRINGS ATTACHED is also being published in Europe and Asia. Lyrically told by award-winning journalist Joanne Lipman and Chicago Symphony Orchestra violinist Melanie Kupchynsky, it tells the story of a remarkable- yet tough – public school music teacher whose students achieved outsize success.
STRINGS ATTACHED is about the beauty and power of music, and the lasting influence of the great teachers in our lives. And it raises provocative questions we all face every day: How hard should we push out kids? How do we best help our children succeed?
Through his former students' eyes, we meet the fiery Jerry Kupchynsky --known as Mr. K --a Ukrainian-born taskmaster who yelled and stomped and screamed, and who drove his students harder than anyone had ever driven them before. Through sheer force of will, he made them better than they had any right to be.
It wasn’t until years later that they realized how much they loved him for it. And at the end of his life, they gathered once more, traveling from every corner of the country and creating a symphony orchestra the size of the New York Philharmonic, to play one last concert together - this time for him.
What was it about his tough-love approach that worked? And what can the rest of us learn from it? STRINGS ATTACHED is for all those who have had a mentor in their lives – or who wish to become one.
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About the Authors
Joanne Lipman is one of the nation’s most prominent journalists and commentators. She was founding Editor-in-Chief of the National Magazine Award-winning Conde Nast Portfolio, and a Deputy Managing Editor of the Wall Street Journal, where she supervised coverage that earned three Pulitzer Prizes. She is an adviser to news organizations such as CNN, Yahoo, and WNYC, and has appeared on CNN, CBS, CNBC, NBC and PBS, among others. She has written for publications including Newsweek and the New York Times.
Melanie Kupchynsky has been a violinist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for more than 20 years, during which time the symphony has won 21 Grammys. She began studying violin at the age of four with her father and the subject of Strings Attached, Jerry “Mr. K” Kupchynsky. Melanie began her career with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra under the direction of John Williams. With the CSO, she has performed around the globe under the world’s greatest conductors and with the world’s most prominent soloists. She is also an active chamber musician, and a participant in the Chicago Symphony's "Citizen Musician" community outreach program.
Learn more about Joanne Lipman and Melanie Kupchynsky.
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Meet Melanie and Joanne...
November 23: BARNES & NOBLE, Brunswick Square Mall
753 Rt 18 Brunswick Square, Space 318,
East Brunswick, NJ 08816 732-432-0100 11 am- 1 pm Conversation with Joanne Lipman
December 2: Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake Street OAK PARK IL 7pm – 9pm Reading/Signing with Melanie Kupchynsky
February 3, 2014: WESTPORT(CT) LIBRARY, 7 pm, Joanne Lipman & Melanie Kupchynsky
February 5, 2014: WOODMERE HAZLET (Long Island) LIBRARY, Woodmere, NY Joanne Lipman & Melanie Kupchynsky
Feburary 5, 2014: GREENWICH (CT) LIBRARY, 7 pm, Joanne Lipman & Melanie Kupchynsky
February 8, 2014: UKRAINIAN MUSEUM, NYC , 7 pm, Joanne Lipman & Melanie Kupchynsky
February 9, 2014: EAST BRUNSWICK (NJ) PUBLIC LIBRARY, 2 pm, Joanne Lipman & Melanie Kupchynsky
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News about "Strings Attached"
The SUN, UK - FOUR STAR review - "The story of an incredible man...an insightful read" November 29, 2013
"Life Lessons in Strings Attached", The Home News Tribune, Page 1, November 17 2013
"Memories of a Mentor & the Music," The Home News Tribune, November 17, 2013
Times of London, November 16, 2013 Strings Attached, a "lively tribute" to a beloved teacher
The Wall Street Journal: Strings Attached Author: The Importance of Mentors, November 6, 2013
Howard Stern on SiriusXM - Leiberman Live at 5 - November 4, 2103
The Telegraph "Music Helped Heal Me After My Sister Vanished," by Melanie Kupchynsky, Nov 5, 2013
Maclean's October 31, 2013 "A man whose life balanced happiness with tragedy, baby-boom optimism with immigrant struggle," Mr. K is "a symbol of perseverance in a fragile world"
Smoky Mountain News - Review - "A vivid portrait...Strings Attached gives us many gifts" October 30, 2013
Examiner.com - Review of Strings Attached: Five stars. A "captivating" story with "a heartbreaking climax." October 25, 2013
Q&A with Joanne Lipman - Book Q&As wtih Deborah Kalb, October 25, 2013
Democrat and Chronicle, Strings Attached, October 22, 2103
WNYC Soundcheck: "Is Music the Key to Success?" with Joanne Lipman October 21, 2013
Stand Up! With Pete Dominick, SIRIUS radio. "Strings Attached" with Joanne Lipman October 21, 2013
The New York Times "Is Music the Key to Success?" by Joanne Lipman October 13, 2013
Laura Ingraham Show - Joanne Lipman discusses Strings Attached - October 9, 2013
NBC 5 Weekend News (Chicago) Melanie discusses Strings Attached - October 6, 2013
Fox & Friends - Joanne Lipman & Melanie Kupchynsky discuss Strings Attached - October 5, 2013
NBC The Today Show - Joanne Lipman discusses tough love with Kathie Lee Gifford & Hoda Kotbe, October 4, 2013p
"No More Coddling!" Thedailybeast.com, October 3, 2013
The Tough Teacher Who Changed Our Lives, Parade.com, October 2, 2013
Q+A: Joanne Lipman and Melanie Kupchynsky, Co-Authors of Strings Attached, TIME.com, October 1, 2013
Excerpt: A New Book that Asks: 'Are We Too Soft on Our Kids?' TIME.com, October 1, 2013
A Tough Teacher Who Hit the Right Notes, Joanne Lipman and Melanie Kupchynsky on The Takeaway with John Hockenberry, October 1, 2013
Melanie Kupchynsky on Chicago Tonight, September 30, 2013
Why Tough Teachers Get Good Results, by Joanne Lipman, Wall Street Journal, September 27, 2013
Meet a Tough Love Teacher in Strings Attached by Joanne Lipman and Melanie Kupchynsky, Found Between the Covers Blog, September 25, 2013
How to Get Over Your Fear of "No", by Joanne Lipman, Glamour magazine, October 2013 - Advice based on Strings Attached
Yale Alumni Magazine review, September/October 2013. "Most poignantly, this book begs us to think back on all the 'Mr. K's' in our own lives."
Kirkus STARRED review, August 18, 2013. "Moving and motivating--a must-read for practicing professionals and would-be musicians."
Tough Love: PW Talks with Joanne Lipman and Melanie Kupchynsky, Publishers Weekly, July 12, 2013
Publishers Weekly Review: Strings Attached is "powerful" and "larger than life," Publishers Weekly, June 17, 2013
Latest Rutgers Scandal: Does Verbal Abuse Have a Place in Society? Time.com piece discusses Strings Attached, May 28, 2013
Buzz Books 2013 Fall/Winter includes an excerpt from Strings Attached "as one of the big books for fall." May, 2013
And the Orchestra Played On by Joanne Lipman, New York Times, Februrary 27, 2010
Advance Praise for "Strings Attached"
"A joy to read - an affecting, emtional, triumphant story. Strings Attached is about how tough love can also be unconditional love. It's proof that a great teacher can inspire his students for life."
-AMY CHUA, Yale Law professor and author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
"A story that all of us have lived - a clear, unflinching, deeply emotional story about that one person who changed our lives. From its heart-pounding beginning to its tearful climax, Strings Attached will take you on a journey you simply must relive. Like Morrie Schwartz and Randy Pausch, Mr. K will soon become the universal teacher that all of us recognize as our own."
-BRUCE FEILER, bestselling author of The Council of Dads and The Secrets of Happy Families
"This book makes me believe that one man can make a difference...By being inspired, the authors themselves become inspirational. Mr. K's work lives on, and we are all the richer for it."
-Cellist YO YO MA