From Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity to Bernie Krause’s The Great Animal Orchestra to Dion Graham’s astounding reading of Miles: The Autobiography by Miles Davis, books on or incorporating the subject of sound hold deep and resonant attractions for readers. These five new books explore the great range of aural-centered works, spanning such diverse approaches as fiction, memoir, scientific investigation, and cultural commentary.
- How Music Works by David Byrne (McSweeney’s)
- Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon (Harper)
- Reinventing Bach by Paul Elie (Farrar)
- The Universal Sense: How Hearing Shapes the Mind by Seth S. Horowitz (Bloomsbury)
- Waging Heavy Peace by Neil Young (Blue Rider)