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Book Review: The Song Reader
Author: Lisa Tucker
By Matthew S. Robinson
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2005-02-15
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Book Title: “The Song Reader”
Author: Lisa Tucker
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Length: 312 pages
Cost: $12
Author Website: www.lisatucker.com

Ever get a song stuck in your head? Find yourself singing the same refrain over and over, but you don’t know why? Don’t you wish there were someone to help you figure it out? Well now there is- Sort of.

In her debut novel, journalist/waitress/computer programmer/professor and tour groupie Lisa Tucker presents Mary Beth Norris, a young woman who turns her small town on its ear by figuring out the meaning of the music it hears every day. Though she is kept plenty busy raising her adopted son and taking care of her younger sister, Mary Beth always has time for music. She spends hours each day going over the lyrics of favorite songs. Soon, she begins to offer her sonorous services to neighbors, as a way of helping them deal with issues they may not even consciously realize they have. As word of Mary Beth’s special talents spreads, more and more people become inextricably linked to this sympathetic musical entrepreneur. Eventually, Mary Beth’s odd calling turns on her, and it is up to those she has tried to help to return the favor, even if they do not fully understand it. Along the way, the town rediscovers many of its members, seeing them what they are, often for the first time. Whether Mary Beth can afford to continue to provide her services, however, remains to be seen.

Written with vivid imagery and characters that all can recognize, “The Song Reader” is a unique vision that many may hope will come to pass. At turns shocking and inspiring, it is sure to stick with you and make you rethink your "favorite" songs.

For more information and to contact the author, click on the author’s name at the top of the page.


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