“The Soloist” Makes Noise

Leaping onto the Amazon list at #25 after yesterday’s Fresh Air interview is The Soloist by Steve Lopez. The book was an LJ Editor’s pick on 4/1 and received a starred review in PW 2/18. Lopez, a columnist for the LA Times, developed a friendship with a homeless violinist and wrote several pieces about his efforts to help the man get off the streets and find treatment for his schizophrenia. Monday’s review in the LA Times notes, “I had some doubts that those fine columns I’d read would provide enough meat for a book, but he has fleshed out the story beautifully and engagingly.”

A movie from the book is now in production. After shooting in LA, it has moved to Cleveland, where local news says it is causing traffic backups. The movie stars Catherine Keener, Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. (who plays Lopez). The director is Joe Wright, well known for another movie based on a book, last year’s Atonement. The book is on order for all libraries I checked, with comfortable holds to copy ratios. This is one to watch, however.

The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music Steve Lopez

  • Hardcover: $25.95
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult (April 17, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0399155066
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399155062
  • Audio CD: Unabridged, $19.95
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks, (May 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1433215225
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433215223
  • Audio Cassette: Unabridged, $44.95
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks, (May 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1433215217
  • ISBN-13: 978-143321521

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