Violin books...not those kinds
I mean fictional thrillers such as those that Gerald Elias and Paul Adam writes. Or biographies such as Arnold Steinhardt's and Yehudi Menuhin's. Any other recommendations? I find them enjoyable.
If you haven't read Milstein's "From Russia to the West", his autobiography, it's delightful.
If you want biographies, link to Amazon.com book section and enter the names of violinists (etc.) you would like to read about and you will get titles. The list is far too long for me to put it here.
There's two children's novels Yang the Youngest and his Terrible Ear and Yang the Eldest and his Odd Jobs.
It's quite dated, and it's not violin, but Elyse Mach's book "Great Contemporary Pianists Speak For Themselves" is one that I enjoyed very much. There is also "Virtuoso" by Harvey Sachs which I've not read but I've heard it's good. These are the kinds of books (especially Mach's) that you might not pick up searching Andrew's way because they are compilations.
I have a soft spot for Arnold Gingrich's "A Thousand Mornings of Music."
A recent novel by Tess Gerritsen called "Playing with Fire: A Novel" featured a violinist and a piece of music found in an antique store. It is a historical novel set in the present and prior to WWII. A delightful read - so good I listened to it (on Audible) twice. The audible version also features some violin pieces central to the plot. Highly recommended.
I think "An Equal Music" by Vikram Seth is a must for any musician or music lover...
For fiction I enjoyed The Auschwitz Violin
"An Equal Music" for sure. I'd love to see the movie that hasn't been made yet. At least is wouldn't end with a fist fight, Strads in hand, like "A Late Quartet"
The Violin Hunter by William Silverman is a good read.
Thanks all. I reserved about five books I didn't realized existed all based on your recommendations and availability at the public library. Can't wait to get to them over the Thanksgiving holidays!
Violins of Hope: Violins of the Holocaust by James A. Grymes
Not violin, but the Shostakovich testimony is pretty good, as well as My Father, by Bartok's son, Peter Bartok. Also, if you can read German, there is Komponistinnen in Deutschland, by Roswitha Sperber.