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Steve Lopez

The Soloist

Steve Lopez The Soloist A Lost Dream An Unlikely Friendship And The Red
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Now a major motion picture-"An intimate portrait of mental illness, of atrocious social neglect, and the struggle to resurrect a fallen prodigy." (Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down)

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.

""Lopez is a terrific reporter. The Soloist is poignant, wise, and funny.""
-Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind

""A heartbreaking, yet ultimately hopeful, read.""
-Essence

""An utterly compelling tale.""
-Pete Earley, author of Crazy: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness

""With self-effacing humor, fast-paced yet elegant prose, and unsparing honesty, Lopez tells an inspiring story of heartbreak and hope.""
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

""Compelling and gruffly tender...Lopez deserves congratulations for being the one person who did not avert his eyes and walk past the grubby man with the violin.""
-Edward Humes, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist writing for the Los Angeles Times


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