If you’re fortunate you have had at least one great teacher in your life. You know who I’m talking about – the teacher who worked you harder than you thought fair, and in the process led you to achieve more than you ever thought possible.

This week’s book is about such a teacher – Jerry Kupchynsky, a New Jersey high school orchestra instructor. Mr. K, as his students affectionately called him, pushed his students to excel. Written by two of his students, his daughter, Melanine Kupchynsky, a principal violinist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Joanne Lipman, a nationally known journalist; "Strings Attached: One Tough Teacher and the Gift of Great Expectations", tells the story of hundreds of students who were changed by the vision and passion of this man. Rising about the multiple trials of his own life, including forced labor during World War II, his young invalid wife, raising two girls largely alone, and the mysterious disappearance of one of his daughters; Kupchynsky instilled the love of music and performance in his students and in the process taught resilience, excellence, and dedication.

What are you reading? Send me your recommendations! Email is best: devonm@waukee.lib.ia.us. I look forward to hearing from you!