Steve Lopez, an LA Times columnist, was trained to look for good stories everywhere. But, as chronicled in Lopez’ well-written new book, The Soloist, meeting Nathaniel Ayers, a homeless schizophrenic, led to more than an ordinary story. Ayers’ life had plummeted from a promising start at Juilliard to life on the streets with a two-string violin. With Lopez fighting for help, how much can Ayers recover…and how much is too much to expect? Lopez asks some tough questions, and the story will have readers racing to the end for the answers.–Andi

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