Joanne Lipman and Melanie Kupchynsky


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October 15, 2013


We're so pleased to introduce a terrific new title for your book club, Strings Attached. Told by award-winning journalist Joanne Lipman and Chicago Symphony Orchestra violinist Melanie Kupchynsky, it's
the story of a tough and demanding music teacher and how he influenced generations of students.   

Strings Attached
raises provocative questions:  How hard should we push our kids? How do we best help our children succeed?

Learn more about this bestselling new release, and enter to win a copy.


Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp

Strings Attached: One Tough Teacher and the Gift of Great Expectations
by Joanne Lipman and
Melanie Kupchynsky

Nonfiction / Hardcover / 352 pages

Hyperion / October, 2013

Dear Readers:
Everybody has that one teacher who changes his or her life forever. And it seemed like we heard from all of them after Joanne wrote about Jerry Kupchynsky, the toughest
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Joanne Lipman
Mark Schäfer
teacher in the world, in the New York Times.
Messages poured in from readers, telling of that one person in their childhood who forced them to achieve more than seemed possible, whom they cussed and whined about back then -- and whom they wished, more than anything, they could thank now.
And this was the impetus behind Strings Attached. Mr. K's is an unforgettable story about the power of a great teacher, but also about resilience, excellence, and tough love -- and those lessons are universal.  Mr. K may be
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Devon Cass
gone, but with Strings Attached, we hope his lessons will live on.

Joanne Lipman and Melanie Kupchynsky



About Strings Attached: 
Everybody has that one person who changes his or her life forever. From award-winning journalist Joanne Lipman and Chicago Symphony Orchestra violinist Melanie Kupchynsky comes the powerful true story of a teacher whose tough tactics inspired multiple generations of students to reach higher, dream bigger, and achieve more than anyone thought possible.

Mr. K influenced so many while enduring a life of almost unbearable hardship: forced labor as a child during World War II; poverty after emigrating; a difficult marriage; the struggle to provide on a teacher's pay; and the tragic loss of one of his daughters to a murderer.  His subject was music, but the lessons he taught are universal ones about resilience, the power of a can-do attitude, and achieving excellence.  And his legacy is pure joy.

Reviews of Strings Attached: 

"Strings Attached is about how tough love can also be unconditional love. It is proof that a great teacher can inspire his students for life."
-Amy Chua, author of The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

"Makes me believe that one man can make a difference. This book reveals how music can become an anchor, a binding element for creating friendship and support during times of grief, illness, and tragedy. Mr. K's work lives on and we are all the richer for it."

-Yo-Yo Ma

To learn more, visit the Strings Attached website,
follow Joanne Lipman on Facebook and Twitter, and follow Melanie Kupchynsky on Twitter


Joanne Lipman and Melanie Kupchynsky are available to speak to your book club by phone, Skype, or in person. Contact their publisher to arrange a discussion.

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