Imperfect Harmony by Stacy Horn
Finding Happiness Singing with Others

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Even those unable to carry a tune will find that Horn's prose hits a high note.
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For Stacy Horn, regardless of what is going on in the world or her life, singing in an amateur choir—the Choral Society of Grace Church in New York—never fails to take her to a place where hope reigns and everything good is possible. She’s not particularly religious, and her voice is not exceptional (so she says), but like the 32.5 million other chorus members throughout this country, singing makes her happy. Horn brings us along as she sings some of the greatest music humanity has ever produced, delves into the dramatic stories of conductors and composers, unearths the fascinating history of group singing, and explores remarkable discoveries from the new science of singing, including all the unexpected health benefits. Imperfect Harmony is the story of one woman who has found joy and strength in the weekly ritual of singing and in the irresistible power of song.

 

About Stacy Horn

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Stacy Horn is the author of four nonfiction books. Bestselling author Mary Roach has hailed her for “combining awe-fueled curiosity with topflight reporting skills.” Her commentaries have been heard on NPR’s All Things Considered, and she is the founder of the social network Echo. She lives and sings in New York. Her website is www.stacyhorn.com.
 
Published July 2, 2013 by Algonquin Books. 301 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Arts & Photography, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on May 05 2013

Even those unable to carry a tune will find that Horn's prose hits a high note.

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NY Journal of Books

Below average
Reviewed by Amanda Mark on Jun 30 2013

...it can feel a little bit like a fifth-grade book report. When the author is simply regurgitating facts about works or composers, her writing gets a little dry. Maybe she should have tried singing it instead.

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