Sounds like Titanic : a memoir / Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman.

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      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: When aspiring violinist Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman lands a job with a professional ensemble in New York City, she imagines she has achieved her lifelong dream. But the ensemble proves to be a sham. When the group "performs," the microphones are never on. Instead, the music blares from a CD. The mastermind behind this scheme is a peculiar and mysterious figure known as The Composer, who is gaslighting his audiences with music that sounds suspiciously like the Titanic movie soundtrack. On tour with his chaotic ensemble, Hindman spirals into crises of identity and disillusionment as she "plays" for audiences genuinely moved by the performance, unable to differentiate real from fake. Sounds Like Titanic is a surreal, often hilarious coming-of-age story. Hindman writes with precise, candid prose and sharp insight into ambition and gender, especially when it comes to the difficulties young women face in a world that views them as silly, shallow, and stupid. As the story swells to a crescendo, it gives voice to the anxieties and illusions of a generation of women, and reveals the failed promises of a nation that takes comfort in false realities.
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      Departures -- Asea -- Watertight compartments -- The sound.
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      HINDMAN, J. C. Sounds like Titanic : a memoir. [s. l.]: W.W. Norton & Company, 2019. ISBN 9780393651645. Disponível em: Acesso em: 11 dez. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Hindman JC. Sounds like Titanic : A Memoir. W.W. Norton & Company; 2019. Accessed December 11, 2019.
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      Hindman, J. C. (2019). Sounds like Titanic : a memoir. W.W. Norton & Company. Retrieved from
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      Hindman, Jessica Chiccehitto. 2019. Sounds like Titanic : A Memoir. W.W. Norton & Company.
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      Hindman, J. C. (2019) Sounds like Titanic : a memoir. W.W. Norton & Company. Available at: (Accessed: 11 December 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Hindman, JC 2019, Sounds like Titanic : a memoir, W.W. Norton & Company, viewed 11 December 2019, .
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      Hindman, Jessica Chiccehitto. Sounds like Titanic : A Memoir. W.W. Norton & Company, 2019. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Hindman, Jessica Chiccehitto. Sounds like Titanic : A Memoir. W.W. Norton & Company, 2019.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Hindman JC. Sounds like Titanic : a memoir [Internet]. W.W. Norton & Company; 2019 [cited 2019 Dec 11]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2019 January #1

Hindman traveled the country, performed on PBS, even went to China as an ensemble violinist for the man she calls "the Composer." Getting paid to play for crowds of adoring fans the instrument she'd literally traversed mountains to learn as a kid in Appalachia at first helped her overlook the Composer's unique take on live performance: Hindman and her fellow musicians played almost inaudibly while prerecorded music blasted audiences with the Composer's pennywhistle-heavy creations, and footage of soaring eagles was projected on giant screens. Hindman, who now teaches writing, plants her addictive, confessional, and often-funny memoir in a fertile discussion of authenticity and Americanness in the aftermath of 9/11. The performances ultimately took a serious toll, but readers will note Hindman's refusal to cast anyone as plain monster or hapless victim, and be struck by her grasp of the many ironies of her situation—chiefly, that it was easier to find work as a fake musician than as a real war reporter, which is what she most wanted to be after graduating from Columbia. Far-reaching, insightful, and unputdownable. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.