My Barnes & Noble Solo by Stacy Horn

Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing with Others
I love when friends send pictures of my book and I particularly love this one, sent by a friend who gave my book to a friend of his who is also a choral singer. How can you not love this smiling face?

If anyone who reads this could please do me this favor—if you go into a Barnes & Noble and they don’t have my book, please say something! Which brings me to my Barnes & Noble story.

Years ago I was hired to pick authors for a tv show that was being developed for Barnes & Noble’s website. Steve Riggio, then the president of B&N, interviewed me. For some god forsaken reason I decided it would be a good idea to sing to him at my interview. Insane. I cringe at the memory.

Seconds after I started my mind was screaming, WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?? But at that point what could I do? I had to finish the song. The thing is, he hired me! The whole incident is particularly shocking to me because I believe I have a very so-so voice and even though I sing all the time I go out of my way to make sure no one can hear me. It’s the great thing about singing in a choir. You get all the joys and benefits of singing without feeling exposed about it.

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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