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Musician and debut writer Marcia Butler discusses her new memoir, THE SKIN ABOVE MY KNEE with author Richard Russo as part of a new Emerging Author Series

Submitted by Emily on Wed, 02/08/2017 - 11:16am

Thursday, March 16, 7:00 PM

Musician and debut writer Marcia Butler discusses her new memoir, THE SKIN ABOVE MY KNEE with author Richard Russo as part of a new Emerging Author Series

Music was everything for Marcia Butler. Growing up in an emotionally desolate home with an abusive father and a distant mother, she devoted herself to the discipline and rigor of the oboe, and quickly became a young prodigy on the rise in New York City's competitive music scene.

But haunted by troubling childhood memories while balancing the challenges of a busy life as a working musician, Marcia succumbed to dangerous men, drugs and self-destruction. In her darkest moments, she asked the hardest question of all: Could music truly save her life?

A memoir of startling honesty and subtle, profound beauty, The Skin Above My Knee is the story of a woman finding strength in her creative gifts and artistic destiny. Filled with vivid portraits of 1970's New York City, and fascinating insights into the intensity and precision necessary for a career in professional music, this is more than a narrative of a brilliant musician struggling to make it big in the big city. It is the story of a survivor.

http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/marcia-butler/the-skin-above-my-...

Event date: 
Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
Print: A Bookstore
273 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101
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$27.00
ISBN: 9780316392280
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little Brown and Company - February 21st, 2017