book review

Harper Collins

It’s recommended summer reading from WQXR, in this year's Summer Reads For Music Lovers, and the New York Times recently interviewed Lauren Belfer about And After The Fire along with her husband, who has a new book, Bach & God.

When the musicians of Leningrad first performed Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony, their city was under siege by Nazi forces.  The players were unsure they could finish the piece without collapsing. All of Leningrad was famished and frozen. Author Brian Moynahan tells the compelling story of how Shostakovich's ode to Leningrad made it to the stage, despite all odds. Leningrad: Siege and Symphony highlights the need for beauty and art in difficult times. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

The L.S. Ayres department store was a keystone of Indianapolis for more than a hundred years before its branch stores closed their doors in 2006. Ayres was known for its decadent tea room, ornate window displays, and collection of high-end women's fashion. Author Kenneth Turchi fondly traces the long history of the store in his book L.S. Ayres and Company: The Store at the Crossroads of America. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has this review.