Read to the Rhythm - Music Themed Books for Adults!

With all the posts about music themed books for children, we were worried adults might start thinking, "What about me?" but don't worry we've got a great list just for you!
Many of the OC Public Libraries branches offer a Summer Reading Program for adults. Check with your local library and sign-up! To get you energized to start reading we have created a list of music themed or music inspired books for adults. Check one out today so that you too can start reading to the rhythm! 
A Song of the Lark
Willa Cather
The story of an opera singer from a small town, written by one of literature's greats.


Telegraph Avenue
Michael Chabon 

A great piece of fiction written by Pulitzer prize winning author Michael Chabon, set to a backdrop of music and pop-culture.
 

The Awakening
Kate Chopin
A classic story of self-actualization.


The Commitments
Roddy Doyle 

A group of Irish kids from working class backgrounds form a band.

A Visit From the Goon Squad
Jennifer Egan

A prize-winning tale of punk rock and redemption.

Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love
Oscar Hijuelos
The musical story of the Castillo brothers.


High Fidelity
Nick Hornby
This highly funny story contains love and music and was turned into a fabulous film.


The Unconsoled
Kazuo Ishiguro

The haunting story of a renowned musician.
 
Phantom of the Opera
Gaston Leroux
The classic story of a man who uses music to win the love of a beautiful opera singer.


Jazz
Toni Morrison
Rather than being about jazz music, the book embodies the jazz age and Harlem in the 1920s. This a lyrical and beautifully written book by another one of literature's greats.


Bel Canto
Ann Patchett 

A beautiful and literary book about a group of people at a party taken hostage by terrorists.

Accordion Crimes

Annie Proulx
A piece of fiction by an award-winning author that uses accordion music to link the past and present.


The Soloist
Mark Salzman

The story of a cellist whose life has taken an alarming turn.

Equal Music
Vikram Seth

The beautiful story of two musicians.

Do you have a favorite book written by or about a musician? Do you have a favorite book that was inspired by a musical great or by a type of music? Leave us a comment, we'd love to add it to our list!

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