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We've selected a list of books, movies, and music in the JMRL collection that will inspire further exploration and enhance your reading.  There is [http://jmrl.org/pdf_wiki/hilh_furtherreading2016.pdf '''a printable version of the adult list''']. Find more resources and discussion questions for this book in [http://neabigread.org/books/lonelyhunter/ '''the Big Read Reader’s Guide'''].
 
We've selected a list of books, movies, and music in the JMRL collection that will inspire further exploration and enhance your reading.  There is [http://jmrl.org/pdf_wiki/hilh_furtherreading2016.pdf '''a printable version of the adult list''']. Find more resources and discussion questions for this book in [http://neabigread.org/books/lonelyhunter/ '''the Big Read Reader’s Guide'''].
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==About the Author==
 
==About the Author==
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**Artist Marielle Bancou remembers McCullers [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAkH1uUoY-s in this video].
 
**Artist Marielle Bancou remembers McCullers [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAkH1uUoY-s in this video].
 
**McCullers is frequently cited in the same breath as other Southern Gothic writers as Flannery O’Connor, Truman Capote, and Eudora Welty. (This comparison would be met with denunciation by O’Connor.) Read some of Joyce Carol Oates' thoughts on these connections [http://www.lrb.co.uk/v21/n17/joyce-carol-oates/you-are-the-we-of-me in this excerpted review].
 
**McCullers is frequently cited in the same breath as other Southern Gothic writers as Flannery O’Connor, Truman Capote, and Eudora Welty. (This comparison would be met with denunciation by O’Connor.) Read some of Joyce Carol Oates' thoughts on these connections [http://www.lrb.co.uk/v21/n17/joyce-carol-oates/you-are-the-we-of-me in this excerpted review].
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==Works by Carson McCullers==
 
==Works by Carson McCullers==
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?heart+is+a+lonely+hunter+mccullers '''The Heart is a Lonely Hunter'''] (1940)  
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?heart+is+a+lonely+hunter+mccullers '''The Heart is a Lonely Hunter'''] (1940)  
 
**[http://swvapub.lib.overdrive.com/ContentDetails.htm?ID=39F6FF05-1C89-4CBD-89F1-BD7088D3C62D Downloadable eBook from Overdrive]
 
**[http://swvapub.lib.overdrive.com/ContentDetails.htm?ID=39F6FF05-1C89-4CBD-89F1-BD7088D3C62D Downloadable eBook from Overdrive]
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?loneyl+hunter+mccullers+kit Book Club Kit]
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**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?lonely+hunter+mccullers+kit Book Club Kit]
 
**The NEA Big Read website has a  [http://neabigread.org/books/lonelyhunter/readers-guide/ reader's guide to the book]
 
**The NEA Big Read website has a  [http://neabigread.org/books/lonelyhunter/readers-guide/ reader's guide to the book]
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**Read Richard Wright's [http://lithub.com/richard-wright-on-the-heart-is-a-lonely-hunter/ 1940 review of the book]
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**If you're curious, the title comes from a poem, [http://bit.ly/1L3un3C "Lonely Hunter", by Fiona Macleod], who was actually a guy named [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Sharp_(writer) William Sharp].
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?reflections+in+a+golden+eye+mccullers '''Reflections in a Golden Eye'''] (1941)  
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?reflections+in+a+golden+eye+mccullers '''Reflections in a Golden Eye'''] (1941)  
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?member+of+the+wedding+mccullers '''The Member of The Wedding'''] (1946)
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**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?member+of+the+wedding+sound+recording+mccullers Audiobook]
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** [Downloadable eBook from Overdrive]
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**Adapted into [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?member+of+the+wedding+play a play in 1949]
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?ballad+of+the+sad+cafe+mccullers '''Ballad of the Sad Café and Other Stories'''] (1951)
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?ballad+of+the+sad+cafe+mccullers '''Ballad of the Sad Café and Other Stories'''] (1951)
 
**Contains the title novella and six short stories: "Wunderkind", "The Jockey", "Madame Zilensky and the King of Finland", "The Sojourner", "A Domestic Dilemma" and "A Tree, a Rock, a Cloud"
 
**Contains the title novella and six short stories: "Wunderkind", "The Jockey", "Madame Zilensky and the King of Finland", "The Sojourner", "A Domestic Dilemma" and "A Tree, a Rock, a Cloud"
 
** [Downloadable eBook from Overdrive]
 
** [Downloadable eBook from Overdrive]
 
**Adapted into [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?ballad+of+the+sad+café+albee a play by Edward Albee]
 
**Adapted into [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?ballad+of+the+sad+café+albee a play by Edward Albee]
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?member+of+the+wedding+mccullers '''The Member of The Wedding'''] (1946)
 
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?member+of+the+wedding+sound+recording Audiobook]
 
** [Downloadable eBook from Overdrive]
 
**Adapted into [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?member+of+the+wedding+play a play in 1949]
 
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?clock+without+hands+mccullers '''Clock Without Hands'''] (1961)
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?clock+without+hands+mccullers '''Clock Without Hands'''] (1961)
 
** [Downloadable eBook from Overdrive]
 
** [Downloadable eBook from Overdrive]
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==Related Reading - Fiction==
 
==Related Reading - Fiction==
'''McCullers’ Southern Contemporaries'''
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'''Southern Gothic ''and others'': McCullers’ Contemporaries'''
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?oconnor+flannery '''Flannery O’Connor''']
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?oconnor+flannery '''Flannery O’Connor''']
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?capote+truman '''Truman Capote''']
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?capote+truman '''Truman Capote''']
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?welty+eudora '''Eudora Welty''']
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?welty+eudora '''Eudora Welty''']
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?percy+walker '''Walker Percy''']
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?wright+richard '''Richard Wright''']
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?paul+bowles '''Paul Bowles''']
  
'''Modern Southern Gothic'''
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'''Modern Southern Novels with Similar Themes'''
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?long+home+gay '''The Long Home'''], by William Gay
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?long+home+gay '''The Long Home'''], by William Gay
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?long+home+gay '''Ellen Foster'''], by Kaye Gibbons
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?knockemstiff '''Knockemstiff'''], by Donald Ray Pollock
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?swamplandia '''Swamplandia'''], by Karen Russell
  
'''Small-Town America during the Depression'''
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'''Southern Traditions - Small Towns, Race Relations, The Depression, and More'''
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?how+the+garcia+girls '''How the García Girls Lost Their Accents'''], by Julia Alvarez - four sisters are growing up in the Bronx after fleeing the Dominican Republic with their
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?to+kill+a+mockingbird '''To Kill a Mockingbird'''], by Harper Lee
 
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?all+the+king’s+men+warren '''All the King’s Men'''], by Robert Penn Warren
'''Race in 1930s American South'''
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?lie+down+in+darkness '''Lie Down in Darkness'''], by William Styron
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?how+the+garcia+girls '''How the García Girls Lost Their Accents'''], by Julia Alvarez - four sisters are growing up in the Bronx after fleeing the Dominican Republic with their
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?tobacco+road'''Tobacco Road'''], by Erskine Caldwell
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?avas+man '''Ava’s Man'''], by Rick Bragg
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?downhome'''Downhome: an Anthology of Southern Women Writers'''], edited by Susie Mee
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?storied+south '''The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists'''], edited by William Ferris
  
 
==Related Reading - Nonfiction==
 
==Related Reading - Nonfiction==
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**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?train+go+sorry '''Train Go Sorry: Inside a Deaf World'''], by Leah Hager Cohen
 
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?train+go+sorry '''Train Go Sorry: Inside a Deaf World'''], by Leah Hager Cohen
  
*'''Exceptional Women'''
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*'''Exceptional Lives'''
 
**McCullers lived a bohemian life in mid-Twentieth-Century America, traveling widely despite disability, exploring sexuality, and mingling with creative characters of all stripes.   
 
**McCullers lived a bohemian life in mid-Twentieth-Century America, traveling widely despite disability, exploring sexuality, and mingling with creative characters of all stripes.   
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?irrepressible+the+jazz+age '''Irrepressible: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham'''], by Emily Bingham
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***[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?irrepressible+the+jazz+age '''Irrepressible: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham'''], by Emily Bingham
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***[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?queer+south '''The Queer South: LGBTQ Writers on the American South'''], edited by Douglas Ray
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**Doctor Copeland is an African American doctor in the book, serving his community and simultaneously hopeful for and despairing of his family.  If around today, he might be interested in [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?black+man+in+a+white+coat '''Black Man in a White Coat: a Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine'''], by Damon Tweedy, M.D.
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**McCullers' hometown of Columbus, Georgia isn't featured in the [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?south+toward+home '''South Toward Home: Travels in Southern Literature'''], by Margaret Eby, but many of the other names mentioned on this page are, and it serves as a good evocation of the region's powerful influence on many great writers.
  
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*'''The Time Period of the Lonely Hunter'''
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**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?dancing+in+the+dark+a+cultural+history '''Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression'''], by Morris Dickstein
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**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?daily+life+in+the+united+states '''Daily Life in the United States, 1920-1940'''], by David E. Kyvig
  
==Movies==
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==Movies and Music==
'''Adaptations of McCullers’ Work'''
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'''Film Adaptations of McCullers’ Work'''
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?heart+is+a+lonely+hunter+videorecording '''The Heart is a Lonely Hunter'''] (1968)
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?heart+is+a+lonely+hunter+videorecording '''The Heart is a Lonely Hunter'''] (1968)
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?reflections+in+a+golden+eye+videorecording '''Reflections in a Golden Eye'''] (1967)
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?reflections+in+a+golden+eye+videorecording '''Reflections in a Golden Eye'''] (1967)
*The Member of the Wedding (1952), contained in the [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?stanley+Kramer+film '''Stanley Kramer Film Collection''']
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*'''The Member of the Wedding''' (1952), contained in the [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?stanley+Kramer+film '''Stanley Kramer Film Collection''']
  
 
'''Other Films'''
 
'''Other Films'''
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?land+of+silence+and+darkness '''Land of Silence and Darkness'''] (1971) – Themes of isolation and communication come to the forefront in this documentary which examines the life of Fini Straubinger, a blind and deaf woman who dedicated her life to helping others with the same affliction.
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?land+of+silence+and+darkness '''Land of Silence and Darkness'''] (1971) – Themes of isolation and communication come to the forefront in this documentary which examines the life of Fini Straubinger, a blind and deaf woman who dedicated her life to helping others with the same affliction.
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?mr+hollands+opus '''Mr. Holland's Opus'''] (1995) – A musician connects with his students - and his deaf son - through music.
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'''Music'''
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*Mick is influenced by the music of [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?mozart+wolfgang '''Mozart'''] and [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?beethoven+ludwig '''Beethoven'''] in the book.
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*McCullers was also deeply interested in music, and was friends with the composer [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?britten+benjamin '''Benjamin Britten'''].
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*Russ Columbo might have been playing on the radio during the time of the book. Get in the mood of the era with [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?prisoner+of+love+columbo '''Prisoner of Love: 23 crooning hits, 1928-1934'''].
  
 
==Books for Teens==
 
==Books for Teens==
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?hurt+go+happy '''Hurt Go Happy'''] by Ginny Rorby
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?hurt+go+happy '''Hurt Go Happy'''] by Ginny Rorby
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?five+flavors+of+dumb '''Five Flavors of Dumb'''] by Antony John
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?five+flavors+of+dumb '''Five Flavors of Dumb'''] by Antony John
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==Books for Youth==
 
==Books for Youth==
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*Deaf Culture
 
*Deaf Culture
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?dad+Jackie+me '''Dad, Jackie, and Me'''] by Myron Uhlberg
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**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?dad+Jackie+and+me '''Dad, Jackie, and Me'''] by Myron Uhlberg
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**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?sound+of+all+things '''The Sound of All Things'''] by Myron Uhlberg
 
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?millman+Isaac+moses '''Moses books'''] by Isaac Millman
 
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?millman+Isaac+moses '''Moses books'''] by Isaac Millman
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*Classical Music
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**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?music+is+for+everyone '''Music is for Everyone'''] by Jill Barber - Singer, Jill Barber, celebrates different kinds of music in an energetic rhyming tour.
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**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?heroic+symphony '''The Heroic Symphony'''] by Anna Harwell Celenza - After learning that he is going deaf, Beethoven is determined to write a great symphony with Napoleon as inspiration.
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**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?philharmonic+gets+dressed '''The Philharmonic Gets Dressed'''] by Karla Kuskin - The 105 members of the Philharmonic Orchestra get ready for a performance.
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**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?moses+goes+to+a+concert '''Moses Goes to a Concert'''] by Isaac Millman - Moses and his schoolmates, all deaf, attend a concert where the orchestra's percussionist is also deaf.
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**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?cardboard+piano '''The Cardboard Piano'''] by Lynne Rae Perkins - When Debbie tries to interest Tina in piano by creating a cardboard keyboard, they find that they do not need to share everything to be best friends.
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**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?zin+zin+zin+a+violin '''Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin'''] by Lloyd Moss - Ten instruments take their parts one by one in a musical performance.
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**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?39+apartments '''39 Apartments of Ludwig Van Beethoven'''] by Jonah Winter - Beethoven and his five legless pianos keep having to move when his neighbors complain about the noise.
  
 
'''Chapter Books'''
 
'''Chapter Books'''
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**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?roll+of+thunder+taylor '''Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry'''] by Mildred Taylor
 
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?roll+of+thunder+taylor '''Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry'''] by Mildred Taylor
 
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?dovey+coe+dowell '''Dovey Coe'''] by Francis O’Roark Dowell
 
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?dovey+coe+dowell '''Dovey Coe'''] by Francis O’Roark Dowell
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?bud+not+buddy+curtis '''Bud, Not Buddy'''] by Christopher Paul Curtis
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**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?bud+not+buddy '''Bud, Not Buddy'''] by Christopher Paul Curtis
 
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?bird+in+a+box+pinkney '''Bird in a Box'''] by Andrea Davis Pinkney
 
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?bird+in+a+box+pinkney '''Bird in a Box'''] by Andrea Davis Pinkney
 
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?stella+by+starlight+draper '''Stella by Starlight'''] by Sharon Draper
 
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?stella+by+starlight+draper '''Stella by Starlight'''] by Sharon Draper

Latest revision as of 14:07, 21 February 2017

Article in Themes and Big Read categories.

The Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, is designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture. The Big Read brings together partners from across the country to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. JMRL invites all book lovers in Central Virginia to join The Big Read throughout March 2016. Read and discuss The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers and participate in programs about the book, its themes, and its author.

We've selected a list of books, movies, and music in the JMRL collection that will inspire further exploration and enhance your reading. There is a printable version of the adult list. Find more resources and discussion questions for this book in the Big Read Reader’s Guide.


About the Author


Works by Carson McCullers

Related Reading - Fiction

Southern Gothic and others: McCullers’ Contemporaries

Modern Southern Novels with Similar Themes

Southern Traditions - Small Towns, Race Relations, The Depression, and More

Related Reading - Nonfiction

Movies and Music

Film Adaptations of McCullers’ Work

Other Films

  • Land of Silence and Darkness (1971) – Themes of isolation and communication come to the forefront in this documentary which examines the life of Fini Straubinger, a blind and deaf woman who dedicated her life to helping others with the same affliction.
  • Mr. Holland's Opus (1995) – A musician connects with his students - and his deaf son - through music.

Music

Books for Teens

Deaf Culture


Books for Youth

Picture Books

  • Classical Music
    • Music is for Everyone by Jill Barber - Singer, Jill Barber, celebrates different kinds of music in an energetic rhyming tour.
    • The Heroic Symphony by Anna Harwell Celenza - After learning that he is going deaf, Beethoven is determined to write a great symphony with Napoleon as inspiration.
    • The Philharmonic Gets Dressed by Karla Kuskin - The 105 members of the Philharmonic Orchestra get ready for a performance.
    • Moses Goes to a Concert by Isaac Millman - Moses and his schoolmates, all deaf, attend a concert where the orchestra's percussionist is also deaf.
    • The Cardboard Piano by Lynne Rae Perkins - When Debbie tries to interest Tina in piano by creating a cardboard keyboard, they find that they do not need to share everything to be best friends.
    • Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Lloyd Moss - Ten instruments take their parts one by one in a musical performance.
    • 39 Apartments of Ludwig Van Beethoven by Jonah Winter - Beethoven and his five legless pianos keep having to move when his neighbors complain about the noise.

Chapter Books

Nonfiction