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Strings Attached

One Tough Teacher And The Gift Of Great Expectations

By Joanne Lipman

STRINGS ATTACHED is a powerful memoir about resilience in the face of unspeakable tragedy, an inspiring and poignant tale of how one man transformed his own heartache into a legacy of joy for his students.

His students knew Jerry Kupchynsky as "Mr. K" - the fierce, foot-stomping Ukrainian-born music teacher who rehearsed them until their fingers almost bled, and who made them better than they had any right to be. Away from the classroom, though, life seemed to conspire against him at every turn. STRINGS ATTACHED takes you on his remarkable journey, from his childhood on the run in Nazi Germany, to his life in America caring for his disabled wife and their two young daughters, to his search for his younger daughter after she mysteriously disappears - a search that would last for seven years. 

His unforgettable story is lyrically told in alternating chapters by two childhood friends who reconnected decades later: journalist Joanne Lipman, his former student; and Chicago Symphony Orchestra violinist Melanie Kupchynsky, his daughter.

Heartbreaking yet ultimately triumphant, STRINGS ATTACHED is a testament to the astonishing power of hope -- and a celebration of the profound influence one person can have on the lives of others.

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Format: Book
Author: Lipman, Joanne
Summary: A biography of a Ukranian-born public school music teacher "whose life seemed to conspire against him at every turn and yet who was able to transform his own heartache into triumph for his students"--Dust cover flap.
Title: Strings attached : one tough teacher and the gift of great expectations / Joanne Lipman and Melanie Kupchynsky.
Publisher Date: New York : Hyperion, c2013.
Subject: Kupchynsky, Jerry, 1928-2009. Music teachers -- United States -- Biography
Isbn: 9781401324667 (hbk.) 1401324665 (hbk.)
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System Items Available: 1
System Items Total: 1
Call Number: B Kupchynsky
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Bib Id: 455566

Format: Book
Author: Lipman, Joanne.
Summary: A biography of a Ukranian-born public school music teacher "whose life seemed to conspire against him at every turn and yet who was able to transform his own heartache into triumph for his students"--Dust cover flap.
Title: Strings attached : one tough teacher and the gift of great expectations / Joanne Lipman and Melanie Kupchynsky.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Hyperion, c2013.
Description: xvii, 326 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Subjects: Kupchynsky, Jerry, 1928-2009.
Subjects: Music teachers -- United States -- Biography
Other Author: Kupchynsky, Melanie.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references.
LCCN: 2012036233
ISBN: 9781401324667 (hbk.)
ISBN: 1401324665 (hbk.)
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Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 1
Call Number: B Kupchynsky