Sounds Like Titanic: A Memoir

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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.7 X 1.1 X 8.4 inches | 0.75 pounds

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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.
An evocative portrait of America's literal and figurative landscapes, an incisive look at class and gender, and an examination of what authenticity means.--Justin St. Germain, author of Son of a Gun
Hindman is an emissary for a generation, repurposing its sarcasm and irony in a nuanced, humorous, and intelligent look at what it means to construct and consume fake realities in post-9/11 America.--Angela Palm, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize for Riverine
It's difficult to write a funny, angry book. It's even harder to write a merciless, empathetic book. But here comes Jessica Hindman, doing the impossible with a funny, angry, merciless, empathetic book that's not only a hugely entertaining memoir, but an insightful meditation on a time in our nation's recent history whose strange and ominous influence grows more apparent by the day.--Tom Bissell, author of Apostle and coauthor of The Disaster Artist
[P]rovocative. ... A tricky, unnerving, consistently fascinating memoir.
[A] most original memoir, one in which the narrator's intelligence deepens by the page.... I salute Jessica Hindman for having shaped so well a remarkable piece of experience.--Vivian Gornick, author of The Odd Woman and the City: A Memoir
[An] outrageously funny, shrewdly meta memoir.--10 Titles to Pick Up Now
[A] rich, powerful book.--Constance Grady
Although her violin days are over, Hindman can be assured that she's accomplished something incredible: she has written a memoir about identity and finding a sense of self that is funny, personal, empathetic, and amazingly true.--Lily McLemore
It's rare that a memoir--or any book--manages to be gripping, intelligent, witty, informative, and relatable all at the same time. Hindman mourns her lack of success as a professional musician, but we can all be endlessly happy she became a writer instead.--Katherine Heiny, author of Standard Deviation
Brave and captivating.--Tucker Coombe
Sardonic, moving.
Sounds Like Titanic would be unbelievable as a novel, but as a memoir it is deliciously bizarre and utterly American. It's a Coen Brothers movie come to life--Ruby Tuesday, QVC, and one woman working for years as a fake violinist for classical music's version of Thomas Kinkade. I couldn't put it down.--Caitlin Doughty, bestselling author of From Here to Eternity and Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
Sounds Like Titanic ... is a memoir with bite. ...[Hindman's] fascinating personal story, with its unexpected twists, puts the memorable into this memoir.