The Encore: A Memoir in Three Acts

The Encore: A Memoir in Three Acts

The remarkable true story of acclaimed opera singer Charity Tillemann-Dick, who received not one but two double lung transplants and went from struggling to draw a single breath to singing at the most prestigious venues in the world. Charity Tillemann-Dick was a vivacious young American soprano studying at the celebrated Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest when she rec The remarkable true story of acclaimed opera singer Charity Tillemann-Dick, who received not one but two double lung ...

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Title:The Encore: A Memoir in Three Acts
Author:Charity Tillemann-Dick
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:1501102311
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

The Encore: A Memoir in Three Acts Reviews

  • Sarah
    Aug 14, 2017

    This memoir chronicles opera singer and author Charity Tillemann-Dick's medical and emotional journey through not one, but two, double lung transplants during her mid-twenties. As its subject suggests, this story is absorbing and inspiring, and I definitely cried through much of it. Ho...

  • K
    Sep 07, 2017

    This memoir chronicles opera singer and author Charity Tillemann-Dick's medical and emotional journey through not one, but two, double lung transplants during her mid-twenties. As its subject suggests, this story is absorbing and inspiring, and I definitely cried through much of it. Ho...

    I was privileged to receive an advance review copy of The Encore. In short, this is one of those stories that simply must be told. I was floored when I watched Charity's TED talk and performance back in 2011, following her first double lung transplant. The Encore is a deeper look at th...

  • Tanya Spackman
    Nov 18, 2017

    This memoir chronicles opera singer and author Charity Tillemann-Dick's medical and emotional journey through not one, but two, double lung transplants during her mid-twenties. As its subject suggests, this story is absorbing and inspiring, and I definitely cried through much of it. Ho...

    I was privileged to receive an advance review copy of The Encore. In short, this is one of those stories that simply must be told. I was floored when I watched Charity's TED talk and performance back in 2011, following her first double lung transplant. The Encore is a deeper look at th...

    This book is an emotional roller coaster. It is written so well that you feel all of her feelings. This woman battled for literally every breath she took and took me along for the ride. The most important thing about this story is don't take anything for granted, live life to its fulle...

    This is the first book I've read that was written by someone who has Pulmonary Hypertension (the same disease I have). She's a young woman, especially compared to me! She is first and foremost a singer ~ she's an opera singer. So when she is diagnose with PH, she determines to keep sin...

    I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy - and literally could not put it down. It's a love story -- between a girl and her craft, a daughter and a mother, siblings and a sister, and a boy and a girl. It's beautiful and real and riveting. ...

    I was hoping to like this book, and I was surprised to love it. I started reading it around 9:30 just for a little bit of reading before bed, but I ended up ignoring when my husband went to bed and kept reading until 2:30 because I just had to finish this novel. I cried SO much duri...

    This memoir is a beautiful meditation on art, death, dreams, and the struggle for life. It is the story of a young opera singer who undergoes two double-lung transplants, and of her struggle for a life pursuing the singing that she so loves. Some of Charity's medical experience resonat...

    What a great read! Deeply moving and heart-felt throughout every page. A very compelling, personal story. ...

    A remarkable book about a truly remarkable woman. The writing is verbal, musical, fresh and inviting. It stands out even in its memoir genre. Let's be honest: reading a memoir of a 30-something may seem a little underdone. Has she had enough experience that I can draw on or be inte...

    I've never read a memoir/biography that was so consuming of my thoughts and attention. Charity's candid recounting of being a professional opera singer while diagnosed with a terminal illness (PH) and her long and arduous road to recovery after not one, but two double lung transplants ...

    I don?t know how it is to read, but you MUST listen to this book! I loved the voice. And the singing. Delving into the esoteric opera world with your toe! A long car ride and you?re swept up in this young woman?s family and life. I laughed and cried in just the right amount. And ...

    A vividly moving, beautifully written and incredibly inspiring memoir. The author has a gift for conveying the triumphs, heartaches, poignant moments and humorous anecdotes of her life. Her love for life, her family and her music make this book a joy to read. I cannot recommend it eno...

    Beautiful. ...

  • Ruth
    Oct 13, 2017

    This memoir chronicles opera singer and author Charity Tillemann-Dick's medical and emotional journey through not one, but two, double lung transplants during her mid-twenties. As its subject suggests, this story is absorbing and inspiring, and I definitely cried through much of it. Ho...

    I was privileged to receive an advance review copy of The Encore. In short, this is one of those stories that simply must be told. I was floored when I watched Charity's TED talk and performance back in 2011, following her first double lung transplant. The Encore is a deeper look at th...

    This book is an emotional roller coaster. It is written so well that you feel all of her feelings. This woman battled for literally every breath she took and took me along for the ride. The most important thing about this story is don't take anything for granted, live life to its fulle...

    This is the first book I've read that was written by someone who has Pulmonary Hypertension (the same disease I have). She's a young woman, especially compared to me! She is first and foremost a singer ~ she's an opera singer. So when she is diagnose with PH, she determines to keep sin...

    I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy - and literally could not put it down. It's a love story -- between a girl and her craft, a daughter and a mother, siblings and a sister, and a boy and a girl. It's beautiful and real and riveting. ...

    I was hoping to like this book, and I was surprised to love it. I started reading it around 9:30 just for a little bit of reading before bed, but I ended up ignoring when my husband went to bed and kept reading until 2:30 because I just had to finish this novel. I cried SO much duri...

    This memoir is a beautiful meditation on art, death, dreams, and the struggle for life. It is the story of a young opera singer who undergoes two double-lung transplants, and of her struggle for a life pursuing the singing that she so loves. Some of Charity's medical experience resonat...

    What a great read! Deeply moving and heart-felt throughout every page. A very compelling, personal story. ...

    A remarkable book about a truly remarkable woman. The writing is verbal, musical, fresh and inviting. It stands out even in its memoir genre. Let's be honest: reading a memoir of a 30-something may seem a little underdone. Has she had enough experience that I can draw on or be inte...

    I've never read a memoir/biography that was so consuming of my thoughts and attention. Charity's candid recounting of being a professional opera singer while diagnosed with a terminal illness (PH) and her long and arduous road to recovery after not one, but two double lung transplants ...

    I don?t know how it is to read, but you MUST listen to this book! I loved the voice. And the singing. Delving into the esoteric opera world with your toe! A long car ride and you?re swept up in this young woman?s family and life. I laughed and cried in just the right amount. And ...

    A vividly moving, beautifully written and incredibly inspiring memoir. The author has a gift for conveying the triumphs, heartaches, poignant moments and humorous anecdotes of her life. Her love for life, her family and her music make this book a joy to read. I cannot recommend it eno...

  • Sharlyn
    Sep 10, 2018

    This memoir chronicles opera singer and author Charity Tillemann-Dick's medical and emotional journey through not one, but two, double lung transplants during her mid-twenties. As its subject suggests, this story is absorbing and inspiring, and I definitely cried through much of it. Ho...

    I was privileged to receive an advance review copy of The Encore. In short, this is one of those stories that simply must be told. I was floored when I watched Charity's TED talk and performance back in 2011, following her first double lung transplant. The Encore is a deeper look at th...

    This book is an emotional roller coaster. It is written so well that you feel all of her feelings. This woman battled for literally every breath she took and took me along for the ride. The most important thing about this story is don't take anything for granted, live life to its fulle...

    This is the first book I've read that was written by someone who has Pulmonary Hypertension (the same disease I have). She's a young woman, especially compared to me! She is first and foremost a singer ~ she's an opera singer. So when she is diagnose with PH, she determines to keep sin...

    I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy - and literally could not put it down. It's a love story -- between a girl and her craft, a daughter and a mother, siblings and a sister, and a boy and a girl. It's beautiful and real and riveting. ...

    I was hoping to like this book, and I was surprised to love it. I started reading it around 9:30 just for a little bit of reading before bed, but I ended up ignoring when my husband went to bed and kept reading until 2:30 because I just had to finish this novel. I cried SO much duri...

    This memoir is a beautiful meditation on art, death, dreams, and the struggle for life. It is the story of a young opera singer who undergoes two double-lung transplants, and of her struggle for a life pursuing the singing that she so loves. Some of Charity's medical experience resonat...

    What a great read! Deeply moving and heart-felt throughout every page. A very compelling, personal story. ...

    A remarkable book about a truly remarkable woman. The writing is verbal, musical, fresh and inviting. It stands out even in its memoir genre. Let's be honest: reading a memoir of a 30-something may seem a little underdone. Has she had enough experience that I can draw on or be inte...

    I've never read a memoir/biography that was so consuming of my thoughts and attention. Charity's candid recounting of being a professional opera singer while diagnosed with a terminal illness (PH) and her long and arduous road to recovery after not one, but two double lung transplants ...

    I don?t know how it is to read, but you MUST listen to this book! I loved the voice. And the singing. Delving into the esoteric opera world with your toe! A long car ride and you?re swept up in this young woman?s family and life. I laughed and cried in just the right amount. And ...

    A vividly moving, beautifully written and incredibly inspiring memoir. The author has a gift for conveying the triumphs, heartaches, poignant moments and humorous anecdotes of her life. Her love for life, her family and her music make this book a joy to read. I cannot recommend it eno...

    Beautiful. ...

    Loved this book! Filled with hope and determination! ...

    I couldn't put this book down. It's an amazing story of hope, belief, and love mixed with a dash of opera and a fantastic cast of characters. ...

    Breathtaking, inspiring, unputdownable 36-hour read. This memoir is a triumph?And it has the power to move others struggling against odds to live life with great joy. ...

    I was an acquaintance of Charity when she lived in Baltimore. She was kind, a bit peculiar to me, yet I was impressed with her wisdom in church discussions. I didn't realize until after she moved away just how sick she was. I cried sad and happy tears reading this book. At the time ...

    An uplifting story of a remarkable person striving and surviving against unbelievable odds. The story of the author beating deadly health issues with the help of her family and both the help and, sometimes, hindrance of modern medicine, while remarkable enough, is simply overshadowe...

    Imagine being an award winning classical recording artist, a Soprano whose voice soars to heaven as you sing. Now grasp that you are this gifted singer and have been diagnosed with a fatal lung disease that requires not one, but two lung transplants. This book is the true story of Char...

    This one is difficult to rate. 5 STARS for the story with all its heart and the beautiful life lessons. 4 stars for the way in which it is told. Charity's writing is good: intimate and conversational. But it isn't Steinbeck good. It isn't Hardy good. So, I cannot give it 5 stars. Ho...

    I grew up going to Stake girls camp with Charity! I loved this book. Not only does Charity have a beautiful singing voice, she has a beautiful writing voice too! ...

  • Robert
    Oct 23, 2017

    This memoir chronicles opera singer and author Charity Tillemann-Dick's medical and emotional journey through not one, but two, double lung transplants during her mid-twenties. As its subject suggests, this story is absorbing and inspiring, and I definitely cried through much of it. Ho...

    I was privileged to receive an advance review copy of The Encore. In short, this is one of those stories that simply must be told. I was floored when I watched Charity's TED talk and performance back in 2011, following her first double lung transplant. The Encore is a deeper look at th...

    This book is an emotional roller coaster. It is written so well that you feel all of her feelings. This woman battled for literally every breath she took and took me along for the ride. The most important thing about this story is don't take anything for granted, live life to its fulle...

    This is the first book I've read that was written by someone who has Pulmonary Hypertension (the same disease I have). She's a young woman, especially compared to me! She is first and foremost a singer ~ she's an opera singer. So when she is diagnose with PH, she determines to keep sin...

    I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy - and literally could not put it down. It's a love story -- between a girl and her craft, a daughter and a mother, siblings and a sister, and a boy and a girl. It's beautiful and real and riveting. ...

    I was hoping to like this book, and I was surprised to love it. I started reading it around 9:30 just for a little bit of reading before bed, but I ended up ignoring when my husband went to bed and kept reading until 2:30 because I just had to finish this novel. I cried SO much duri...

    This memoir is a beautiful meditation on art, death, dreams, and the struggle for life. It is the story of a young opera singer who undergoes two double-lung transplants, and of her struggle for a life pursuing the singing that she so loves. Some of Charity's medical experience resonat...

    What a great read! Deeply moving and heart-felt throughout every page. A very compelling, personal story. ...

    A remarkable book about a truly remarkable woman. The writing is verbal, musical, fresh and inviting. It stands out even in its memoir genre. Let's be honest: reading a memoir of a 30-something may seem a little underdone. Has she had enough experience that I can draw on or be inte...

    I've never read a memoir/biography that was so consuming of my thoughts and attention. Charity's candid recounting of being a professional opera singer while diagnosed with a terminal illness (PH) and her long and arduous road to recovery after not one, but two double lung transplants ...

    I don?t know how it is to read, but you MUST listen to this book! I loved the voice. And the singing. Delving into the esoteric opera world with your toe! A long car ride and you?re swept up in this young woman?s family and life. I laughed and cried in just the right amount. And ...

    A vividly moving, beautifully written and incredibly inspiring memoir. The author has a gift for conveying the triumphs, heartaches, poignant moments and humorous anecdotes of her life. Her love for life, her family and her music make this book a joy to read. I cannot recommend it eno...

    Beautiful. ...

    Loved this book! Filled with hope and determination! ...

    I couldn't put this book down. It's an amazing story of hope, belief, and love mixed with a dash of opera and a fantastic cast of characters. ...

    Breathtaking, inspiring, unputdownable 36-hour read. This memoir is a triumph?And it has the power to move others struggling against odds to live life with great joy. ...

    I was an acquaintance of Charity when she lived in Baltimore. She was kind, a bit peculiar to me, yet I was impressed with her wisdom in church discussions. I didn't realize until after she moved away just how sick she was. I cried sad and happy tears reading this book. At the time ...

    An uplifting story of a remarkable person striving and surviving against unbelievable odds. The story of the author beating deadly health issues with the help of her family and both the help and, sometimes, hindrance of modern medicine, while remarkable enough, is simply overshadowe...

    Imagine being an award winning classical recording artist, a Soprano whose voice soars to heaven as you sing. Now grasp that you are this gifted singer and have been diagnosed with a fatal lung disease that requires not one, but two lung transplants. This book is the true story of Char...

    This one is difficult to rate. 5 STARS for the story with all its heart and the beautiful life lessons. 4 stars for the way in which it is told. Charity's writing is good: intimate and conversational. But it isn't Steinbeck good. It isn't Hardy good. So, I cannot give it 5 stars. Ho...

    I grew up going to Stake girls camp with Charity! I loved this book. Not only does Charity have a beautiful singing voice, she has a beautiful writing voice too! ...

    Heart-wrenching, inspiring, funny, and real. ...

    Really a stunning story of a life. I'll have to collect my thoughts on it some more. Review to come! ...

    I felt sad for Charity and her family, but I was in awe of the medical teams, her boyfriend, her family, her mother, her friends. I learned a lot about the excellent health care systems, and about what a difference one medical person can make in the life of a patient. ...

    Charity Tillemann-Dick was a vivacious young American soprano studying at the celebrated Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest when she received devastating news: her lungs were failing, her heart was three and a half sizes too big, and she would dies within five years. Inexplicably...

    "Charity, this is the Doctor. We have Lungs! Not many people have reason to rejoice on hearing the news, "We have lungs, we have lungs!" In ENCORE, we hear about the remarkable, uplifting story of one young opera singer who got to hear that news TWICE. I wept reading this book. A...

    Not only does Charity do a fantastic job explaining her own medical struggles, but she also includes the perspectives of her family members and the medical staff with whom she's worked with throughout her life. True to her name, Charity adds humor and understanding where others might h...

    One of the pleasures of reading a book written by a dear friend is being able to hear her voice in my head while I read (of course the audiobook recorded by Charity is an excellent option (it has music, too), but I already know her voice well). Attendant to the pleasures and pain of re...

    I know Charity and Yoni personally and would have finished this book even if it had not been amazing. But it is amazing. Charity's saga is compelling simply as a human story of courage, suffering, survival, and love. But it is more than that. The book is structured, crafted, and writte...

  • Mimi
    Feb 26, 2018

    This memoir chronicles opera singer and author Charity Tillemann-Dick's medical and emotional journey through not one, but two, double lung transplants during her mid-twenties. As its subject suggests, this story is absorbing and inspiring, and I definitely cried through much of it. Ho...

    I was privileged to receive an advance review copy of The Encore. In short, this is one of those stories that simply must be told. I was floored when I watched Charity's TED talk and performance back in 2011, following her first double lung transplant. The Encore is a deeper look at th...

    This book is an emotional roller coaster. It is written so well that you feel all of her feelings. This woman battled for literally every breath she took and took me along for the ride. The most important thing about this story is don't take anything for granted, live life to its fulle...

    This is the first book I've read that was written by someone who has Pulmonary Hypertension (the same disease I have). She's a young woman, especially compared to me! She is first and foremost a singer ~ she's an opera singer. So when she is diagnose with PH, she determines to keep sin...

    I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy - and literally could not put it down. It's a love story -- between a girl and her craft, a daughter and a mother, siblings and a sister, and a boy and a girl. It's beautiful and real and riveting. ...

    I was hoping to like this book, and I was surprised to love it. I started reading it around 9:30 just for a little bit of reading before bed, but I ended up ignoring when my husband went to bed and kept reading until 2:30 because I just had to finish this novel. I cried SO much duri...

  • Kelly ...
    Nov 17, 2017

    This memoir chronicles opera singer and author Charity Tillemann-Dick's medical and emotional journey through not one, but two, double lung transplants during her mid-twenties. As its subject suggests, this story is absorbing and inspiring, and I definitely cried through much of it. Ho...

    I was privileged to receive an advance review copy of The Encore. In short, this is one of those stories that simply must be told. I was floored when I watched Charity's TED talk and performance back in 2011, following her first double lung transplant. The Encore is a deeper look at th...

    This book is an emotional roller coaster. It is written so well that you feel all of her feelings. This woman battled for literally every breath she took and took me along for the ride. The most important thing about this story is don't take anything for granted, live life to its fulle...

    This is the first book I've read that was written by someone who has Pulmonary Hypertension (the same disease I have). She's a young woman, especially compared to me! She is first and foremost a singer ~ she's an opera singer. So when she is diagnose with PH, she determines to keep sin...

    I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy - and literally could not put it down. It's a love story -- between a girl and her craft, a daughter and a mother, siblings and a sister, and a boy and a girl. It's beautiful and real and riveting. ...

    I was hoping to like this book, and I was surprised to love it. I started reading it around 9:30 just for a little bit of reading before bed, but I ended up ignoring when my husband went to bed and kept reading until 2:30 because I just had to finish this novel. I cried SO much duri...

    This memoir is a beautiful meditation on art, death, dreams, and the struggle for life. It is the story of a young opera singer who undergoes two double-lung transplants, and of her struggle for a life pursuing the singing that she so loves. Some of Charity's medical experience resonat...

    What a great read! Deeply moving and heart-felt throughout every page. A very compelling, personal story. ...

    A remarkable book about a truly remarkable woman. The writing is verbal, musical, fresh and inviting. It stands out even in its memoir genre. Let's be honest: reading a memoir of a 30-something may seem a little underdone. Has she had enough experience that I can draw on or be inte...

    I've never read a memoir/biography that was so consuming of my thoughts and attention. Charity's candid recounting of being a professional opera singer while diagnosed with a terminal illness (PH) and her long and arduous road to recovery after not one, but two double lung transplants ...

    I don?t know how it is to read, but you MUST listen to this book! I loved the voice. And the singing. Delving into the esoteric opera world with your toe! A long car ride and you?re swept up in this young woman?s family and life. I laughed and cried in just the right amount. And ...

    A vividly moving, beautifully written and incredibly inspiring memoir. The author has a gift for conveying the triumphs, heartaches, poignant moments and humorous anecdotes of her life. Her love for life, her family and her music make this book a joy to read. I cannot recommend it eno...

    Beautiful. ...

    Loved this book! Filled with hope and determination! ...

    I couldn't put this book down. It's an amazing story of hope, belief, and love mixed with a dash of opera and a fantastic cast of characters. ...

    Breathtaking, inspiring, unputdownable 36-hour read. This memoir is a triumph?And it has the power to move others struggling against odds to live life with great joy. ...

    I was an acquaintance of Charity when she lived in Baltimore. She was kind, a bit peculiar to me, yet I was impressed with her wisdom in church discussions. I didn't realize until after she moved away just how sick she was. I cried sad and happy tears reading this book. At the time ...

    An uplifting story of a remarkable person striving and surviving against unbelievable odds. The story of the author beating deadly health issues with the help of her family and both the help and, sometimes, hindrance of modern medicine, while remarkable enough, is simply overshadowe...

    Imagine being an award winning classical recording artist, a Soprano whose voice soars to heaven as you sing. Now grasp that you are this gifted singer and have been diagnosed with a fatal lung disease that requires not one, but two lung transplants. This book is the true story of Char...

    This one is difficult to rate. 5 STARS for the story with all its heart and the beautiful life lessons. 4 stars for the way in which it is told. Charity's writing is good: intimate and conversational. But it isn't Steinbeck good. It isn't Hardy good. So, I cannot give it 5 stars. Ho...

  • Tiffany
    Oct 20, 2017

    This memoir chronicles opera singer and author Charity Tillemann-Dick's medical and emotional journey through not one, but two, double lung transplants during her mid-twenties. As its subject suggests, this story is absorbing and inspiring, and I definitely cried through much of it. Ho...

    I was privileged to receive an advance review copy of The Encore. In short, this is one of those stories that simply must be told. I was floored when I watched Charity's TED talk and performance back in 2011, following her first double lung transplant. The Encore is a deeper look at th...

    This book is an emotional roller coaster. It is written so well that you feel all of her feelings. This woman battled for literally every breath she took and took me along for the ride. The most important thing about this story is don't take anything for granted, live life to its fulle...

    This is the first book I've read that was written by someone who has Pulmonary Hypertension (the same disease I have). She's a young woman, especially compared to me! She is first and foremost a singer ~ she's an opera singer. So when she is diagnose with PH, she determines to keep sin...

    I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy - and literally could not put it down. It's a love story -- between a girl and her craft, a daughter and a mother, siblings and a sister, and a boy and a girl. It's beautiful and real and riveting. ...

    I was hoping to like this book, and I was surprised to love it. I started reading it around 9:30 just for a little bit of reading before bed, but I ended up ignoring when my husband went to bed and kept reading until 2:30 because I just had to finish this novel. I cried SO much duri...

    This memoir is a beautiful meditation on art, death, dreams, and the struggle for life. It is the story of a young opera singer who undergoes two double-lung transplants, and of her struggle for a life pursuing the singing that she so loves. Some of Charity's medical experience resonat...

    What a great read! Deeply moving and heart-felt throughout every page. A very compelling, personal story. ...

    A remarkable book about a truly remarkable woman. The writing is verbal, musical, fresh and inviting. It stands out even in its memoir genre. Let's be honest: reading a memoir of a 30-something may seem a little underdone. Has she had enough experience that I can draw on or be inte...

    I've never read a memoir/biography that was so consuming of my thoughts and attention. Charity's candid recounting of being a professional opera singer while diagnosed with a terminal illness (PH) and her long and arduous road to recovery after not one, but two double lung transplants ...

    I don?t know how it is to read, but you MUST listen to this book! I loved the voice. And the singing. Delving into the esoteric opera world with your toe! A long car ride and you?re swept up in this young woman?s family and life. I laughed and cried in just the right amount. And ...

    A vividly moving, beautifully written and incredibly inspiring memoir. The author has a gift for conveying the triumphs, heartaches, poignant moments and humorous anecdotes of her life. Her love for life, her family and her music make this book a joy to read. I cannot recommend it eno...

    Beautiful. ...

    Loved this book! Filled with hope and determination! ...

    I couldn't put this book down. It's an amazing story of hope, belief, and love mixed with a dash of opera and a fantastic cast of characters. ...

    Breathtaking, inspiring, unputdownable 36-hour read. This memoir is a triumph?And it has the power to move others struggling against odds to live life with great joy. ...

    I was an acquaintance of Charity when she lived in Baltimore. She was kind, a bit peculiar to me, yet I was impressed with her wisdom in church discussions. I didn't realize until after she moved away just how sick she was. I cried sad and happy tears reading this book. At the time ...

    An uplifting story of a remarkable person striving and surviving against unbelievable odds. The story of the author beating deadly health issues with the help of her family and both the help and, sometimes, hindrance of modern medicine, while remarkable enough, is simply overshadowe...

    Imagine being an award winning classical recording artist, a Soprano whose voice soars to heaven as you sing. Now grasp that you are this gifted singer and have been diagnosed with a fatal lung disease that requires not one, but two lung transplants. This book is the true story of Char...

    This one is difficult to rate. 5 STARS for the story with all its heart and the beautiful life lessons. 4 stars for the way in which it is told. Charity's writing is good: intimate and conversational. But it isn't Steinbeck good. It isn't Hardy good. So, I cannot give it 5 stars. Ho...

    I grew up going to Stake girls camp with Charity! I loved this book. Not only does Charity have a beautiful singing voice, she has a beautiful writing voice too! ...

    Heart-wrenching, inspiring, funny, and real. ...

    Really a stunning story of a life. I'll have to collect my thoughts on it some more. Review to come! ...

  • Sarah
    Mar 19, 2018

    This memoir chronicles opera singer and author Charity Tillemann-Dick's medical and emotional journey through not one, but two, double lung transplants during her mid-twenties. As its subject suggests, this story is absorbing and inspiring, and I definitely cried through much of it. Ho...

    I was privileged to receive an advance review copy of The Encore. In short, this is one of those stories that simply must be told. I was floored when I watched Charity's TED talk and performance back in 2011, following her first double lung transplant. The Encore is a deeper look at th...

    This book is an emotional roller coaster. It is written so well that you feel all of her feelings. This woman battled for literally every breath she took and took me along for the ride. The most important thing about this story is don't take anything for granted, live life to its fulle...

    This is the first book I've read that was written by someone who has Pulmonary Hypertension (the same disease I have). She's a young woman, especially compared to me! She is first and foremost a singer ~ she's an opera singer. So when she is diagnose with PH, she determines to keep sin...

    I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy - and literally could not put it down. It's a love story -- between a girl and her craft, a daughter and a mother, siblings and a sister, and a boy and a girl. It's beautiful and real and riveting. ...

    I was hoping to like this book, and I was surprised to love it. I started reading it around 9:30 just for a little bit of reading before bed, but I ended up ignoring when my husband went to bed and kept reading until 2:30 because I just had to finish this novel. I cried SO much duri...

    This memoir is a beautiful meditation on art, death, dreams, and the struggle for life. It is the story of a young opera singer who undergoes two double-lung transplants, and of her struggle for a life pursuing the singing that she so loves. Some of Charity's medical experience resonat...

    What a great read! Deeply moving and heart-felt throughout every page. A very compelling, personal story. ...

    A remarkable book about a truly remarkable woman. The writing is verbal, musical, fresh and inviting. It stands out even in its memoir genre. Let's be honest: reading a memoir of a 30-something may seem a little underdone. Has she had enough experience that I can draw on or be inte...

    I've never read a memoir/biography that was so consuming of my thoughts and attention. Charity's candid recounting of being a professional opera singer while diagnosed with a terminal illness (PH) and her long and arduous road to recovery after not one, but two double lung transplants ...

    I don?t know how it is to read, but you MUST listen to this book! I loved the voice. And the singing. Delving into the esoteric opera world with your toe! A long car ride and you?re swept up in this young woman?s family and life. I laughed and cried in just the right amount. And ...

    A vividly moving, beautifully written and incredibly inspiring memoir. The author has a gift for conveying the triumphs, heartaches, poignant moments and humorous anecdotes of her life. Her love for life, her family and her music make this book a joy to read. I cannot recommend it eno...

    Beautiful. ...

    Loved this book! Filled with hope and determination! ...

    I couldn't put this book down. It's an amazing story of hope, belief, and love mixed with a dash of opera and a fantastic cast of characters. ...

    Breathtaking, inspiring, unputdownable 36-hour read. This memoir is a triumph?And it has the power to move others struggling against odds to live life with great joy. ...

    I was an acquaintance of Charity when she lived in Baltimore. She was kind, a bit peculiar to me, yet I was impressed with her wisdom in church discussions. I didn't realize until after she moved away just how sick she was. I cried sad and happy tears reading this book. At the time ...

    An uplifting story of a remarkable person striving and surviving against unbelievable odds. The story of the author beating deadly health issues with the help of her family and both the help and, sometimes, hindrance of modern medicine, while remarkable enough, is simply overshadowe...

    Imagine being an award winning classical recording artist, a Soprano whose voice soars to heaven as you sing. Now grasp that you are this gifted singer and have been diagnosed with a fatal lung disease that requires not one, but two lung transplants. This book is the true story of Char...

    This one is difficult to rate. 5 STARS for the story with all its heart and the beautiful life lessons. 4 stars for the way in which it is told. Charity's writing is good: intimate and conversational. But it isn't Steinbeck good. It isn't Hardy good. So, I cannot give it 5 stars. Ho...

    I grew up going to Stake girls camp with Charity! I loved this book. Not only does Charity have a beautiful singing voice, she has a beautiful writing voice too! ...

    Heart-wrenching, inspiring, funny, and real. ...

    Really a stunning story of a life. I'll have to collect my thoughts on it some more. Review to come! ...

    I felt sad for Charity and her family, but I was in awe of the medical teams, her boyfriend, her family, her mother, her friends. I learned a lot about the excellent health care systems, and about what a difference one medical person can make in the life of a patient. ...

    Charity Tillemann-Dick was a vivacious young American soprano studying at the celebrated Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest when she received devastating news: her lungs were failing, her heart was three and a half sizes too big, and she would dies within five years. Inexplicably...

    "Charity, this is the Doctor. We have Lungs! Not many people have reason to rejoice on hearing the news, "We have lungs, we have lungs!" In ENCORE, we hear about the remarkable, uplifting story of one young opera singer who got to hear that news TWICE. I wept reading this book. A...

    Not only does Charity do a fantastic job explaining her own medical struggles, but she also includes the perspectives of her family members and the medical staff with whom she's worked with throughout her life. True to her name, Charity adds humor and understanding where others might h...

  • Anna Weiss
    Oct 13, 2017

    This memoir chronicles opera singer and author Charity Tillemann-Dick's medical and emotional journey through not one, but two, double lung transplants during her mid-twenties. As its subject suggests, this story is absorbing and inspiring, and I definitely cried through much of it. Ho...

    I was privileged to receive an advance review copy of The Encore. In short, this is one of those stories that simply must be told. I was floored when I watched Charity's TED talk and performance back in 2011, following her first double lung transplant. The Encore is a deeper look at th...

    This book is an emotional roller coaster. It is written so well that you feel all of her feelings. This woman battled for literally every breath she took and took me along for the ride. The most important thing about this story is don't take anything for granted, live life to its fulle...

    This is the first book I've read that was written by someone who has Pulmonary Hypertension (the same disease I have). She's a young woman, especially compared to me! She is first and foremost a singer ~ she's an opera singer. So when she is diagnose with PH, she determines to keep sin...

    I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy - and literally could not put it down. It's a love story -- between a girl and her craft, a daughter and a mother, siblings and a sister, and a boy and a girl. It's beautiful and real and riveting. ...

    I was hoping to like this book, and I was surprised to love it. I started reading it around 9:30 just for a little bit of reading before bed, but I ended up ignoring when my husband went to bed and kept reading until 2:30 because I just had to finish this novel. I cried SO much duri...

    This memoir is a beautiful meditation on art, death, dreams, and the struggle for life. It is the story of a young opera singer who undergoes two double-lung transplants, and of her struggle for a life pursuing the singing that she so loves. Some of Charity's medical experience resonat...

    What a great read! Deeply moving and heart-felt throughout every page. A very compelling, personal story. ...

    A remarkable book about a truly remarkable woman. The writing is verbal, musical, fresh and inviting. It stands out even in its memoir genre. Let's be honest: reading a memoir of a 30-something may seem a little underdone. Has she had enough experience that I can draw on or be inte...

    I've never read a memoir/biography that was so consuming of my thoughts and attention. Charity's candid recounting of being a professional opera singer while diagnosed with a terminal illness (PH) and her long and arduous road to recovery after not one, but two double lung transplants ...

    I don?t know how it is to read, but you MUST listen to this book! I loved the voice. And the singing. Delving into the esoteric opera world with your toe! A long car ride and you?re swept up in this young woman?s family and life. I laughed and cried in just the right amount. And ...

    A vividly moving, beautifully written and incredibly inspiring memoir. The author has a gift for conveying the triumphs, heartaches, poignant moments and humorous anecdotes of her life. Her love for life, her family and her music make this book a joy to read. I cannot recommend it eno...

    Beautiful. ...

    Loved this book! Filled with hope and determination! ...

    I couldn't put this book down. It's an amazing story of hope, belief, and love mixed with a dash of opera and a fantastic cast of characters. ...

  • Marilyn Brodeur
    Jun 24, 2018

    This memoir chronicles opera singer and author Charity Tillemann-Dick's medical and emotional journey through not one, but two, double lung transplants during her mid-twenties. As its subject suggests, this story is absorbing and inspiring, and I definitely cried through much of it. Ho...

    I was privileged to receive an advance review copy of The Encore. In short, this is one of those stories that simply must be told. I was floored when I watched Charity's TED talk and performance back in 2011, following her first double lung transplant. The Encore is a deeper look at th...

    This book is an emotional roller coaster. It is written so well that you feel all of her feelings. This woman battled for literally every breath she took and took me along for the ride. The most important thing about this story is don't take anything for granted, live life to its fulle...

    This is the first book I've read that was written by someone who has Pulmonary Hypertension (the same disease I have). She's a young woman, especially compared to me! She is first and foremost a singer ~ she's an opera singer. So when she is diagnose with PH, she determines to keep sin...

    I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy - and literally could not put it down. It's a love story -- between a girl and her craft, a daughter and a mother, siblings and a sister, and a boy and a girl. It's beautiful and real and riveting. ...

    I was hoping to like this book, and I was surprised to love it. I started reading it around 9:30 just for a little bit of reading before bed, but I ended up ignoring when my husband went to bed and kept reading until 2:30 because I just had to finish this novel. I cried SO much duri...

    This memoir is a beautiful meditation on art, death, dreams, and the struggle for life. It is the story of a young opera singer who undergoes two double-lung transplants, and of her struggle for a life pursuing the singing that she so loves. Some of Charity's medical experience resonat...

    What a great read! Deeply moving and heart-felt throughout every page. A very compelling, personal story. ...

    A remarkable book about a truly remarkable woman. The writing is verbal, musical, fresh and inviting. It stands out even in its memoir genre. Let's be honest: reading a memoir of a 30-something may seem a little underdone. Has she had enough experience that I can draw on or be inte...

    I've never read a memoir/biography that was so consuming of my thoughts and attention. Charity's candid recounting of being a professional opera singer while diagnosed with a terminal illness (PH) and her long and arduous road to recovery after not one, but two double lung transplants ...

    I don?t know how it is to read, but you MUST listen to this book! I loved the voice. And the singing. Delving into the esoteric opera world with your toe! A long car ride and you?re swept up in this young woman?s family and life. I laughed and cried in just the right amount. And ...

    A vividly moving, beautifully written and incredibly inspiring memoir. The author has a gift for conveying the triumphs, heartaches, poignant moments and humorous anecdotes of her life. Her love for life, her family and her music make this book a joy to read. I cannot recommend it eno...

    Beautiful. ...

    Loved this book! Filled with hope and determination! ...

    I couldn't put this book down. It's an amazing story of hope, belief, and love mixed with a dash of opera and a fantastic cast of characters. ...

    Breathtaking, inspiring, unputdownable 36-hour read. This memoir is a triumph?And it has the power to move others struggling against odds to live life with great joy. ...

    I was an acquaintance of Charity when she lived in Baltimore. She was kind, a bit peculiar to me, yet I was impressed with her wisdom in church discussions. I didn't realize until after she moved away just how sick she was. I cried sad and happy tears reading this book. At the time ...

  • Rebecca Foutz
    Nov 14, 2017

    This memoir chronicles opera singer and author Charity Tillemann-Dick's medical and emotional journey through not one, but two, double lung transplants during her mid-twenties. As its subject suggests, this story is absorbing and inspiring, and I definitely cried through much of it. Ho...

    I was privileged to receive an advance review copy of The Encore. In short, this is one of those stories that simply must be told. I was floored when I watched Charity's TED talk and performance back in 2011, following her first double lung transplant. The Encore is a deeper look at th...

    This book is an emotional roller coaster. It is written so well that you feel all of her feelings. This woman battled for literally every breath she took and took me along for the ride. The most important thing about this story is don't take anything for granted, live life to its fulle...

    This is the first book I've read that was written by someone who has Pulmonary Hypertension (the same disease I have). She's a young woman, especially compared to me! She is first and foremost a singer ~ she's an opera singer. So when she is diagnose with PH, she determines to keep sin...

  • Nikki
    Mar 24, 2018

    This memoir chronicles opera singer and author Charity Tillemann-Dick's medical and emotional journey through not one, but two, double lung transplants during her mid-twenties. As its subject suggests, this story is absorbing and inspiring, and I definitely cried through much of it. Ho...

    I was privileged to receive an advance review copy of The Encore. In short, this is one of those stories that simply must be told. I was floored when I watched Charity's TED talk and performance back in 2011, following her first double lung transplant. The Encore is a deeper look at th...

    This book is an emotional roller coaster. It is written so well that you feel all of her feelings. This woman battled for literally every breath she took and took me along for the ride. The most important thing about this story is don't take anything for granted, live life to its fulle...

    This is the first book I've read that was written by someone who has Pulmonary Hypertension (the same disease I have). She's a young woman, especially compared to me! She is first and foremost a singer ~ she's an opera singer. So when she is diagnose with PH, she determines to keep sin...

    I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy - and literally could not put it down. It's a love story -- between a girl and her craft, a daughter and a mother, siblings and a sister, and a boy and a girl. It's beautiful and real and riveting. ...

    I was hoping to like this book, and I was surprised to love it. I started reading it around 9:30 just for a little bit of reading before bed, but I ended up ignoring when my husband went to bed and kept reading until 2:30 because I just had to finish this novel. I cried SO much duri...

    This memoir is a beautiful meditation on art, death, dreams, and the struggle for life. It is the story of a young opera singer who undergoes two double-lung transplants, and of her struggle for a life pursuing the singing that she so loves. Some of Charity's medical experience resonat...

    What a great read! Deeply moving and heart-felt throughout every page. A very compelling, personal story. ...

    A remarkable book about a truly remarkable woman. The writing is verbal, musical, fresh and inviting. It stands out even in its memoir genre. Let's be honest: reading a memoir of a 30-something may seem a little underdone. Has she had enough experience that I can draw on or be inte...

    I've never read a memoir/biography that was so consuming of my thoughts and attention. Charity's candid recounting of being a professional opera singer while diagnosed with a terminal illness (PH) and her long and arduous road to recovery after not one, but two double lung transplants ...

    I don?t know how it is to read, but you MUST listen to this book! I loved the voice. And the singing. Delving into the esoteric opera world with your toe! A long car ride and you?re swept up in this young woman?s family and life. I laughed and cried in just the right amount. And ...

    A vividly moving, beautifully written and incredibly inspiring memoir. The author has a gift for conveying the triumphs, heartaches, poignant moments and humorous anecdotes of her life. Her love for life, her family and her music make this book a joy to read. I cannot recommend it eno...

    Beautiful. ...

    Loved this book! Filled with hope and determination! ...

    I couldn't put this book down. It's an amazing story of hope, belief, and love mixed with a dash of opera and a fantastic cast of characters. ...

    Breathtaking, inspiring, unputdownable 36-hour read. This memoir is a triumph?And it has the power to move others struggling against odds to live life with great joy. ...

    I was an acquaintance of Charity when she lived in Baltimore. She was kind, a bit peculiar to me, yet I was impressed with her wisdom in church discussions. I didn't realize until after she moved away just how sick she was. I cried sad and happy tears reading this book. At the time ...

    An uplifting story of a remarkable person striving and surviving against unbelievable odds. The story of the author beating deadly health issues with the help of her family and both the help and, sometimes, hindrance of modern medicine, while remarkable enough, is simply overshadowe...

    Imagine being an award winning classical recording artist, a Soprano whose voice soars to heaven as you sing. Now grasp that you are this gifted singer and have been diagnosed with a fatal lung disease that requires not one, but two lung transplants. This book is the true story of Char...

    This one is difficult to rate. 5 STARS for the story with all its heart and the beautiful life lessons. 4 stars for the way in which it is told. Charity's writing is good: intimate and conversational. But it isn't Steinbeck good. It isn't Hardy good. So, I cannot give it 5 stars. Ho...

    I grew up going to Stake girls camp with Charity! I loved this book. Not only does Charity have a beautiful singing voice, she has a beautiful writing voice too! ...

    Heart-wrenching, inspiring, funny, and real. ...

    Really a stunning story of a life. I'll have to collect my thoughts on it some more. Review to come! ...

    I felt sad for Charity and her family, but I was in awe of the medical teams, her boyfriend, her family, her mother, her friends. I learned a lot about the excellent health care systems, and about what a difference one medical person can make in the life of a patient. ...

  • Janine Spendlove
    Nov 05, 2017

    This memoir chronicles opera singer and author Charity Tillemann-Dick's medical and emotional journey through not one, but two, double lung transplants during her mid-twenties. As its subject suggests, this story is absorbing and inspiring, and I definitely cried through much of it. Ho...

    I was privileged to receive an advance review copy of The Encore. In short, this is one of those stories that simply must be told. I was floored when I watched Charity's TED talk and performance back in 2011, following her first double lung transplant. The Encore is a deeper look at th...

    This book is an emotional roller coaster. It is written so well that you feel all of her feelings. This woman battled for literally every breath she took and took me along for the ride. The most important thing about this story is don't take anything for granted, live life to its fulle...

    This is the first book I've read that was written by someone who has Pulmonary Hypertension (the same disease I have). She's a young woman, especially compared to me! She is first and foremost a singer ~ she's an opera singer. So when she is diagnose with PH, she determines to keep sin...

    I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy - and literally could not put it down. It's a love story -- between a girl and her craft, a daughter and a mother, siblings and a sister, and a boy and a girl. It's beautiful and real and riveting. ...

    I was hoping to like this book, and I was surprised to love it. I started reading it around 9:30 just for a little bit of reading before bed, but I ended up ignoring when my husband went to bed and kept reading until 2:30 because I just had to finish this novel. I cried SO much duri...

    This memoir is a beautiful meditation on art, death, dreams, and the struggle for life. It is the story of a young opera singer who undergoes two double-lung transplants, and of her struggle for a life pursuing the singing that she so loves. Some of Charity's medical experience resonat...

    What a great read! Deeply moving and heart-felt throughout every page. A very compelling, personal story. ...

    A remarkable book about a truly remarkable woman. The writing is verbal, musical, fresh and inviting. It stands out even in its memoir genre. Let's be honest: reading a memoir of a 30-something may seem a little underdone. Has she had enough experience that I can draw on or be inte...

    I've never read a memoir/biography that was so consuming of my thoughts and attention. Charity's candid recounting of being a professional opera singer while diagnosed with a terminal illness (PH) and her long and arduous road to recovery after not one, but two double lung transplants ...

  • Helen
    Oct 21, 2017

    This memoir chronicles opera singer and author Charity Tillemann-Dick's medical and emotional journey through not one, but two, double lung transplants during her mid-twenties. As its subject suggests, this story is absorbing and inspiring, and I definitely cried through much of it. Ho...

    I was privileged to receive an advance review copy of The Encore. In short, this is one of those stories that simply must be told. I was floored when I watched Charity's TED talk and performance back in 2011, following her first double lung transplant. The Encore is a deeper look at th...

    This book is an emotional roller coaster. It is written so well that you feel all of her feelings. This woman battled for literally every breath she took and took me along for the ride. The most important thing about this story is don't take anything for granted, live life to its fulle...

    This is the first book I've read that was written by someone who has Pulmonary Hypertension (the same disease I have). She's a young woman, especially compared to me! She is first and foremost a singer ~ she's an opera singer. So when she is diagnose with PH, she determines to keep sin...

    I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy - and literally could not put it down. It's a love story -- between a girl and her craft, a daughter and a mother, siblings and a sister, and a boy and a girl. It's beautiful and real and riveting. ...

    I was hoping to like this book, and I was surprised to love it. I started reading it around 9:30 just for a little bit of reading before bed, but I ended up ignoring when my husband went to bed and kept reading until 2:30 because I just had to finish this novel. I cried SO much duri...

    This memoir is a beautiful meditation on art, death, dreams, and the struggle for life. It is the story of a young opera singer who undergoes two double-lung transplants, and of her struggle for a life pursuing the singing that she so loves. Some of Charity's medical experience resonat...

    What a great read! Deeply moving and heart-felt throughout every page. A very compelling, personal story. ...

    A remarkable book about a truly remarkable woman. The writing is verbal, musical, fresh and inviting. It stands out even in its memoir genre. Let's be honest: reading a memoir of a 30-something may seem a little underdone. Has she had enough experience that I can draw on or be inte...

    I've never read a memoir/biography that was so consuming of my thoughts and attention. Charity's candid recounting of being a professional opera singer while diagnosed with a terminal illness (PH) and her long and arduous road to recovery after not one, but two double lung transplants ...

    I don?t know how it is to read, but you MUST listen to this book! I loved the voice. And the singing. Delving into the esoteric opera world with your toe! A long car ride and you?re swept up in this young woman?s family and life. I laughed and cried in just the right amount. And ...

  • Elizabeth
    Dec 31, 2017

    This memoir chronicles opera singer and author Charity Tillemann-Dick's medical and emotional journey through not one, but two, double lung transplants during her mid-twenties. As its subject suggests, this story is absorbing and inspiring, and I definitely cried through much of it. Ho...

    I was privileged to receive an advance review copy of The Encore. In short, this is one of those stories that simply must be told. I was floored when I watched Charity's TED talk and performance back in 2011, following her first double lung transplant. The Encore is a deeper look at th...

    This book is an emotional roller coaster. It is written so well that you feel all of her feelings. This woman battled for literally every breath she took and took me along for the ride. The most important thing about this story is don't take anything for granted, live life to its fulle...

    This is the first book I've read that was written by someone who has Pulmonary Hypertension (the same disease I have). She's a young woman, especially compared to me! She is first and foremost a singer ~ she's an opera singer. So when she is diagnose with PH, she determines to keep sin...

    I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy - and literally could not put it down. It's a love story -- between a girl and her craft, a daughter and a mother, siblings and a sister, and a boy and a girl. It's beautiful and real and riveting. ...

    I was hoping to like this book, and I was surprised to love it. I started reading it around 9:30 just for a little bit of reading before bed, but I ended up ignoring when my husband went to bed and kept reading until 2:30 because I just had to finish this novel. I cried SO much duri...

    This memoir is a beautiful meditation on art, death, dreams, and the struggle for life. It is the story of a young opera singer who undergoes two double-lung transplants, and of her struggle for a life pursuing the singing that she so loves. Some of Charity's medical experience resonat...

  • David
    Oct 23, 2017

    This memoir chronicles opera singer and author Charity Tillemann-Dick's medical and emotional journey through not one, but two, double lung transplants during her mid-twenties. As its subject suggests, this story is absorbing and inspiring, and I definitely cried through much of it. Ho...

    I was privileged to receive an advance review copy of The Encore. In short, this is one of those stories that simply must be told. I was floored when I watched Charity's TED talk and performance back in 2011, following her first double lung transplant. The Encore is a deeper look at th...

    This book is an emotional roller coaster. It is written so well that you feel all of her feelings. This woman battled for literally every breath she took and took me along for the ride. The most important thing about this story is don't take anything for granted, live life to its fulle...

    This is the first book I've read that was written by someone who has Pulmonary Hypertension (the same disease I have). She's a young woman, especially compared to me! She is first and foremost a singer ~ she's an opera singer. So when she is diagnose with PH, she determines to keep sin...

    I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy - and literally could not put it down. It's a love story -- between a girl and her craft, a daughter and a mother, siblings and a sister, and a boy and a girl. It's beautiful and real and riveting. ...

    I was hoping to like this book, and I was surprised to love it. I started reading it around 9:30 just for a little bit of reading before bed, but I ended up ignoring when my husband went to bed and kept reading until 2:30 because I just had to finish this novel. I cried SO much duri...

    This memoir is a beautiful meditation on art, death, dreams, and the struggle for life. It is the story of a young opera singer who undergoes two double-lung transplants, and of her struggle for a life pursuing the singing that she so loves. Some of Charity's medical experience resonat...

    What a great read! Deeply moving and heart-felt throughout every page. A very compelling, personal story. ...

    A remarkable book about a truly remarkable woman. The writing is verbal, musical, fresh and inviting. It stands out even in its memoir genre. Let's be honest: reading a memoir of a 30-something may seem a little underdone. Has she had enough experience that I can draw on or be inte...

    I've never read a memoir/biography that was so consuming of my thoughts and attention. Charity's candid recounting of being a professional opera singer while diagnosed with a terminal illness (PH) and her long and arduous road to recovery after not one, but two double lung transplants ...

    I don?t know how it is to read, but you MUST listen to this book! I loved the voice. And the singing. Delving into the esoteric opera world with your toe! A long car ride and you?re swept up in this young woman?s family and life. I laughed and cried in just the right amount. And ...

    A vividly moving, beautifully written and incredibly inspiring memoir. The author has a gift for conveying the triumphs, heartaches, poignant moments and humorous anecdotes of her life. Her love for life, her family and her music make this book a joy to read. I cannot recommend it eno...

    Beautiful. ...

    Loved this book! Filled with hope and determination! ...

    I couldn't put this book down. It's an amazing story of hope, belief, and love mixed with a dash of opera and a fantastic cast of characters. ...

    Breathtaking, inspiring, unputdownable 36-hour read. This memoir is a triumph?And it has the power to move others struggling against odds to live life with great joy. ...

    I was an acquaintance of Charity when she lived in Baltimore. She was kind, a bit peculiar to me, yet I was impressed with her wisdom in church discussions. I didn't realize until after she moved away just how sick she was. I cried sad and happy tears reading this book. At the time ...

    An uplifting story of a remarkable person striving and surviving against unbelievable odds. The story of the author beating deadly health issues with the help of her family and both the help and, sometimes, hindrance of modern medicine, while remarkable enough, is simply overshadowe...

    Imagine being an award winning classical recording artist, a Soprano whose voice soars to heaven as you sing. Now grasp that you are this gifted singer and have been diagnosed with a fatal lung disease that requires not one, but two lung transplants. This book is the true story of Char...

    This one is difficult to rate. 5 STARS for the story with all its heart and the beautiful life lessons. 4 stars for the way in which it is told. Charity's writing is good: intimate and conversational. But it isn't Steinbeck good. It isn't Hardy good. So, I cannot give it 5 stars. Ho...

    I grew up going to Stake girls camp with Charity! I loved this book. Not only does Charity have a beautiful singing voice, she has a beautiful writing voice too! ...

    Heart-wrenching, inspiring, funny, and real. ...

    Really a stunning story of a life. I'll have to collect my thoughts on it some more. Review to come! ...

    I felt sad for Charity and her family, but I was in awe of the medical teams, her boyfriend, her family, her mother, her friends. I learned a lot about the excellent health care systems, and about what a difference one medical person can make in the life of a patient. ...

    Charity Tillemann-Dick was a vivacious young American soprano studying at the celebrated Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest when she received devastating news: her lungs were failing, her heart was three and a half sizes too big, and she would dies within five years. Inexplicably...

    "Charity, this is the Doctor. We have Lungs! Not many people have reason to rejoice on hearing the news, "We have lungs, we have lungs!" In ENCORE, we hear about the remarkable, uplifting story of one young opera singer who got to hear that news TWICE. I wept reading this book. A...

    Not only does Charity do a fantastic job explaining her own medical struggles, but she also includes the perspectives of her family members and the medical staff with whom she's worked with throughout her life. True to her name, Charity adds humor and understanding where others might h...

    One of the pleasures of reading a book written by a dear friend is being able to hear her voice in my head while I read (of course the audiobook recorded by Charity is an excellent option (it has music, too), but I already know her voice well). Attendant to the pleasures and pain of re...

  • Aaron
    Oct 06, 2017

    This memoir chronicles opera singer and author Charity Tillemann-Dick's medical and emotional journey through not one, but two, double lung transplants during her mid-twenties. As its subject suggests, this story is absorbing and inspiring, and I definitely cried through much of it. Ho...

    I was privileged to receive an advance review copy of The Encore. In short, this is one of those stories that simply must be told. I was floored when I watched Charity's TED talk and performance back in 2011, following her first double lung transplant. The Encore is a deeper look at th...

    This book is an emotional roller coaster. It is written so well that you feel all of her feelings. This woman battled for literally every breath she took and took me along for the ride. The most important thing about this story is don't take anything for granted, live life to its fulle...

    This is the first book I've read that was written by someone who has Pulmonary Hypertension (the same disease I have). She's a young woman, especially compared to me! She is first and foremost a singer ~ she's an opera singer. So when she is diagnose with PH, she determines to keep sin...

    I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy - and literally could not put it down. It's a love story -- between a girl and her craft, a daughter and a mother, siblings and a sister, and a boy and a girl. It's beautiful and real and riveting. ...

    I was hoping to like this book, and I was surprised to love it. I started reading it around 9:30 just for a little bit of reading before bed, but I ended up ignoring when my husband went to bed and kept reading until 2:30 because I just had to finish this novel. I cried SO much duri...

    This memoir is a beautiful meditation on art, death, dreams, and the struggle for life. It is the story of a young opera singer who undergoes two double-lung transplants, and of her struggle for a life pursuing the singing that she so loves. Some of Charity's medical experience resonat...

    What a great read! Deeply moving and heart-felt throughout every page. A very compelling, personal story. ...

    A remarkable book about a truly remarkable woman. The writing is verbal, musical, fresh and inviting. It stands out even in its memoir genre. Let's be honest: reading a memoir of a 30-something may seem a little underdone. Has she had enough experience that I can draw on or be inte...

    I've never read a memoir/biography that was so consuming of my thoughts and attention. Charity's candid recounting of being a professional opera singer while diagnosed with a terminal illness (PH) and her long and arduous road to recovery after not one, but two double lung transplants ...

    I don?t know how it is to read, but you MUST listen to this book! I loved the voice. And the singing. Delving into the esoteric opera world with your toe! A long car ride and you?re swept up in this young woman?s family and life. I laughed and cried in just the right amount. And ...

    A vividly moving, beautifully written and incredibly inspiring memoir. The author has a gift for conveying the triumphs, heartaches, poignant moments and humorous anecdotes of her life. Her love for life, her family and her music make this book a joy to read. I cannot recommend it eno...

    Beautiful. ...

    Loved this book! Filled with hope and determination! ...

    I couldn't put this book down. It's an amazing story of hope, belief, and love mixed with a dash of opera and a fantastic cast of characters. ...

    Breathtaking, inspiring, unputdownable 36-hour read. This memoir is a triumph?And it has the power to move others struggling against odds to live life with great joy. ...

    I was an acquaintance of Charity when she lived in Baltimore. She was kind, a bit peculiar to me, yet I was impressed with her wisdom in church discussions. I didn't realize until after she moved away just how sick she was. I cried sad and happy tears reading this book. At the time ...

    An uplifting story of a remarkable person striving and surviving against unbelievable odds. The story of the author beating deadly health issues with the help of her family and both the help and, sometimes, hindrance of modern medicine, while remarkable enough, is simply overshadowe...

  • Ashley
    Jul 22, 2018

    This memoir chronicles opera singer and author Charity Tillemann-Dick's medical and emotional journey through not one, but two, double lung transplants during her mid-twenties. As its subject suggests, this story is absorbing and inspiring, and I definitely cried through much of it. Ho...

    I was privileged to receive an advance review copy of The Encore. In short, this is one of those stories that simply must be told. I was floored when I watched Charity's TED talk and performance back in 2011, following her first double lung transplant. The Encore is a deeper look at th...

    This book is an emotional roller coaster. It is written so well that you feel all of her feelings. This woman battled for literally every breath she took and took me along for the ride. The most important thing about this story is don't take anything for granted, live life to its fulle...

    This is the first book I've read that was written by someone who has Pulmonary Hypertension (the same disease I have). She's a young woman, especially compared to me! She is first and foremost a singer ~ she's an opera singer. So when she is diagnose with PH, she determines to keep sin...

    I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy - and literally could not put it down. It's a love story -- between a girl and her craft, a daughter and a mother, siblings and a sister, and a boy and a girl. It's beautiful and real and riveting. ...

    I was hoping to like this book, and I was surprised to love it. I started reading it around 9:30 just for a little bit of reading before bed, but I ended up ignoring when my husband went to bed and kept reading until 2:30 because I just had to finish this novel. I cried SO much duri...

    This memoir is a beautiful meditation on art, death, dreams, and the struggle for life. It is the story of a young opera singer who undergoes two double-lung transplants, and of her struggle for a life pursuing the singing that she so loves. Some of Charity's medical experience resonat...

    What a great read! Deeply moving and heart-felt throughout every page. A very compelling, personal story. ...

    A remarkable book about a truly remarkable woman. The writing is verbal, musical, fresh and inviting. It stands out even in its memoir genre. Let's be honest: reading a memoir of a 30-something may seem a little underdone. Has she had enough experience that I can draw on or be inte...

    I've never read a memoir/biography that was so consuming of my thoughts and attention. Charity's candid recounting of being a professional opera singer while diagnosed with a terminal illness (PH) and her long and arduous road to recovery after not one, but two double lung transplants ...

    I don?t know how it is to read, but you MUST listen to this book! I loved the voice. And the singing. Delving into the esoteric opera world with your toe! A long car ride and you?re swept up in this young woman?s family and life. I laughed and cried in just the right amount. And ...

    A vividly moving, beautifully written and incredibly inspiring memoir. The author has a gift for conveying the triumphs, heartaches, poignant moments and humorous anecdotes of her life. Her love for life, her family and her music make this book a joy to read. I cannot recommend it eno...

    Beautiful. ...

    Loved this book! Filled with hope and determination! ...

    I couldn't put this book down. It's an amazing story of hope, belief, and love mixed with a dash of opera and a fantastic cast of characters. ...

    Breathtaking, inspiring, unputdownable 36-hour read. This memoir is a triumph?And it has the power to move others struggling against odds to live life with great joy. ...

    I was an acquaintance of Charity when she lived in Baltimore. She was kind, a bit peculiar to me, yet I was impressed with her wisdom in church discussions. I didn't realize until after she moved away just how sick she was. I cried sad and happy tears reading this book. At the time ...

    An uplifting story of a remarkable person striving and surviving against unbelievable odds. The story of the author beating deadly health issues with the help of her family and both the help and, sometimes, hindrance of modern medicine, while remarkable enough, is simply overshadowe...

    Imagine being an award winning classical recording artist, a Soprano whose voice soars to heaven as you sing. Now grasp that you are this gifted singer and have been diagnosed with a fatal lung disease that requires not one, but two lung transplants. This book is the true story of Char...

    This one is difficult to rate. 5 STARS for the story with all its heart and the beautiful life lessons. 4 stars for the way in which it is told. Charity's writing is good: intimate and conversational. But it isn't Steinbeck good. It isn't Hardy good. So, I cannot give it 5 stars. Ho...

    I grew up going to Stake girls camp with Charity! I loved this book. Not only does Charity have a beautiful singing voice, she has a beautiful writing voice too! ...

    Heart-wrenching, inspiring, funny, and real. ...

  • Allie Ryan
    Feb 08, 2018

    This memoir chronicles opera singer and author Charity Tillemann-Dick's medical and emotional journey through not one, but two, double lung transplants during her mid-twenties. As its subject suggests, this story is absorbing and inspiring, and I definitely cried through much of it. Ho...

    I was privileged to receive an advance review copy of The Encore. In short, this is one of those stories that simply must be told. I was floored when I watched Charity's TED talk and performance back in 2011, following her first double lung transplant. The Encore is a deeper look at th...

    This book is an emotional roller coaster. It is written so well that you feel all of her feelings. This woman battled for literally every breath she took and took me along for the ride. The most important thing about this story is don't take anything for granted, live life to its fulle...

    This is the first book I've read that was written by someone who has Pulmonary Hypertension (the same disease I have). She's a young woman, especially compared to me! She is first and foremost a singer ~ she's an opera singer. So when she is diagnose with PH, she determines to keep sin...

    I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy - and literally could not put it down. It's a love story -- between a girl and her craft, a daughter and a mother, siblings and a sister, and a boy and a girl. It's beautiful and real and riveting. ...

    I was hoping to like this book, and I was surprised to love it. I started reading it around 9:30 just for a little bit of reading before bed, but I ended up ignoring when my husband went to bed and kept reading until 2:30 because I just had to finish this novel. I cried SO much duri...

    This memoir is a beautiful meditation on art, death, dreams, and the struggle for life. It is the story of a young opera singer who undergoes two double-lung transplants, and of her struggle for a life pursuing the singing that she so loves. Some of Charity's medical experience resonat...

    What a great read! Deeply moving and heart-felt throughout every page. A very compelling, personal story. ...

    A remarkable book about a truly remarkable woman. The writing is verbal, musical, fresh and inviting. It stands out even in its memoir genre. Let's be honest: reading a memoir of a 30-something may seem a little underdone. Has she had enough experience that I can draw on or be inte...

    I've never read a memoir/biography that was so consuming of my thoughts and attention. Charity's candid recounting of being a professional opera singer while diagnosed with a terminal illness (PH) and her long and arduous road to recovery after not one, but two double lung transplants ...

    I don?t know how it is to read, but you MUST listen to this book! I loved the voice. And the singing. Delving into the esoteric opera world with your toe! A long car ride and you?re swept up in this young woman?s family and life. I laughed and cried in just the right amount. And ...

    A vividly moving, beautifully written and incredibly inspiring memoir. The author has a gift for conveying the triumphs, heartaches, poignant moments and humorous anecdotes of her life. Her love for life, her family and her music make this book a joy to read. I cannot recommend it eno...

    Beautiful. ...

    Loved this book! Filled with hope and determination! ...

    I couldn't put this book down. It's an amazing story of hope, belief, and love mixed with a dash of opera and a fantastic cast of characters. ...

    Breathtaking, inspiring, unputdownable 36-hour read. This memoir is a triumph?And it has the power to move others struggling against odds to live life with great joy. ...

    I was an acquaintance of Charity when she lived in Baltimore. She was kind, a bit peculiar to me, yet I was impressed with her wisdom in church discussions. I didn't realize until after she moved away just how sick she was. I cried sad and happy tears reading this book. At the time ...

    An uplifting story of a remarkable person striving and surviving against unbelievable odds. The story of the author beating deadly health issues with the help of her family and both the help and, sometimes, hindrance of modern medicine, while remarkable enough, is simply overshadowe...

    Imagine being an award winning classical recording artist, a Soprano whose voice soars to heaven as you sing. Now grasp that you are this gifted singer and have been diagnosed with a fatal lung disease that requires not one, but two lung transplants. This book is the true story of Char...

    This one is difficult to rate. 5 STARS for the story with all its heart and the beautiful life lessons. 4 stars for the way in which it is told. Charity's writing is good: intimate and conversational. But it isn't Steinbeck good. It isn't Hardy good. So, I cannot give it 5 stars. Ho...

    I grew up going to Stake girls camp with Charity! I loved this book. Not only does Charity have a beautiful singing voice, she has a beautiful writing voice too! ...

    Heart-wrenching, inspiring, funny, and real. ...

    Really a stunning story of a life. I'll have to collect my thoughts on it some more. Review to come! ...

    I felt sad for Charity and her family, but I was in awe of the medical teams, her boyfriend, her family, her mother, her friends. I learned a lot about the excellent health care systems, and about what a difference one medical person can make in the life of a patient. ...

    Charity Tillemann-Dick was a vivacious young American soprano studying at the celebrated Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest when she received devastating news: her lungs were failing, her heart was three and a half sizes too big, and she would dies within five years. Inexplicably...

    "Charity, this is the Doctor. We have Lungs! Not many people have reason to rejoice on hearing the news, "We have lungs, we have lungs!" In ENCORE, we hear about the remarkable, uplifting story of one young opera singer who got to hear that news TWICE. I wept reading this book. A...

    Not only does Charity do a fantastic job explaining her own medical struggles, but she also includes the perspectives of her family members and the medical staff with whom she's worked with throughout her life. True to her name, Charity adds humor and understanding where others might h...

    One of the pleasures of reading a book written by a dear friend is being able to hear her voice in my head while I read (of course the audiobook recorded by Charity is an excellent option (it has music, too), but I already know her voice well). Attendant to the pleasures and pain of re...

    I know Charity and Yoni personally and would have finished this book even if it had not been amazing. But it is amazing. Charity's saga is compelling simply as a human story of courage, suffering, survival, and love. But it is more than that. The book is structured, crafted, and writte...

    I was first lead to this book after listening to an interview Charity did on the Strangerville podcast. Hearing the brief version of her story there was enough to look up and purchase her book. It?s an inspiring story and as someone that can have a hard time reading non-fiction/m...

  • Christopher Lawson
    Jan 14, 2018

    This memoir chronicles opera singer and author Charity Tillemann-Dick's medical and emotional journey through not one, but two, double lung transplants during her mid-twenties. As its subject suggests, this story is absorbing and inspiring, and I definitely cried through much of it. Ho...

    I was privileged to receive an advance review copy of The Encore. In short, this is one of those stories that simply must be told. I was floored when I watched Charity's TED talk and performance back in 2011, following her first double lung transplant. The Encore is a deeper look at th...

    This book is an emotional roller coaster. It is written so well that you feel all of her feelings. This woman battled for literally every breath she took and took me along for the ride. The most important thing about this story is don't take anything for granted, live life to its fulle...

    This is the first book I've read that was written by someone who has Pulmonary Hypertension (the same disease I have). She's a young woman, especially compared to me! She is first and foremost a singer ~ she's an opera singer. So when she is diagnose with PH, she determines to keep sin...

    I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy - and literally could not put it down. It's a love story -- between a girl and her craft, a daughter and a mother, siblings and a sister, and a boy and a girl. It's beautiful and real and riveting. ...

    I was hoping to like this book, and I was surprised to love it. I started reading it around 9:30 just for a little bit of reading before bed, but I ended up ignoring when my husband went to bed and kept reading until 2:30 because I just had to finish this novel. I cried SO much duri...

    This memoir is a beautiful meditation on art, death, dreams, and the struggle for life. It is the story of a young opera singer who undergoes two double-lung transplants, and of her struggle for a life pursuing the singing that she so loves. Some of Charity's medical experience resonat...

    What a great read! Deeply moving and heart-felt throughout every page. A very compelling, personal story. ...

    A remarkable book about a truly remarkable woman. The writing is verbal, musical, fresh and inviting. It stands out even in its memoir genre. Let's be honest: reading a memoir of a 30-something may seem a little underdone. Has she had enough experience that I can draw on or be inte...

    I've never read a memoir/biography that was so consuming of my thoughts and attention. Charity's candid recounting of being a professional opera singer while diagnosed with a terminal illness (PH) and her long and arduous road to recovery after not one, but two double lung transplants ...

    I don?t know how it is to read, but you MUST listen to this book! I loved the voice. And the singing. Delving into the esoteric opera world with your toe! A long car ride and you?re swept up in this young woman?s family and life. I laughed and cried in just the right amount. And ...

    A vividly moving, beautifully written and incredibly inspiring memoir. The author has a gift for conveying the triumphs, heartaches, poignant moments and humorous anecdotes of her life. Her love for life, her family and her music make this book a joy to read. I cannot recommend it eno...

    Beautiful. ...

    Loved this book! Filled with hope and determination! ...

    I couldn't put this book down. It's an amazing story of hope, belief, and love mixed with a dash of opera and a fantastic cast of characters. ...

    Breathtaking, inspiring, unputdownable 36-hour read. This memoir is a triumph?And it has the power to move others struggling against odds to live life with great joy. ...

    I was an acquaintance of Charity when she lived in Baltimore. She was kind, a bit peculiar to me, yet I was impressed with her wisdom in church discussions. I didn't realize until after she moved away just how sick she was. I cried sad and happy tears reading this book. At the time ...

    An uplifting story of a remarkable person striving and surviving against unbelievable odds. The story of the author beating deadly health issues with the help of her family and both the help and, sometimes, hindrance of modern medicine, while remarkable enough, is simply overshadowe...

    Imagine being an award winning classical recording artist, a Soprano whose voice soars to heaven as you sing. Now grasp that you are this gifted singer and have been diagnosed with a fatal lung disease that requires not one, but two lung transplants. This book is the true story of Char...

    This one is difficult to rate. 5 STARS for the story with all its heart and the beautiful life lessons. 4 stars for the way in which it is told. Charity's writing is good: intimate and conversational. But it isn't Steinbeck good. It isn't Hardy good. So, I cannot give it 5 stars. Ho...

    I grew up going to Stake girls camp with Charity! I loved this book. Not only does Charity have a beautiful singing voice, she has a beautiful writing voice too! ...

    Heart-wrenching, inspiring, funny, and real. ...

    Really a stunning story of a life. I'll have to collect my thoughts on it some more. Review to come! ...

    I felt sad for Charity and her family, but I was in awe of the medical teams, her boyfriend, her family, her mother, her friends. I learned a lot about the excellent health care systems, and about what a difference one medical person can make in the life of a patient. ...

    Charity Tillemann-Dick was a vivacious young American soprano studying at the celebrated Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest when she received devastating news: her lungs were failing, her heart was three and a half sizes too big, and she would dies within five years. Inexplicably...

    "Charity, this is the Doctor. We have Lungs! Not many people have reason to rejoice on hearing the news, "We have lungs, we have lungs!" In ENCORE, we hear about the remarkable, uplifting story of one young opera singer who got to hear that news TWICE. I wept reading this book. A...

  • Felicia Allen
    Sep 14, 2017

    This memoir chronicles opera singer and author Charity Tillemann-Dick's medical and emotional journey through not one, but two, double lung transplants during her mid-twenties. As its subject suggests, this story is absorbing and inspiring, and I definitely cried through much of it. Ho...

    I was privileged to receive an advance review copy of The Encore. In short, this is one of those stories that simply must be told. I was floored when I watched Charity's TED talk and performance back in 2011, following her first double lung transplant. The Encore is a deeper look at th...

    This book is an emotional roller coaster. It is written so well that you feel all of her feelings. This woman battled for literally every breath she took and took me along for the ride. The most important thing about this story is don't take anything for granted, live life to its fulle...

  • Mary Bush
    Aug 09, 2017

    This memoir chronicles opera singer and author Charity Tillemann-Dick's medical and emotional journey through not one, but two, double lung transplants during her mid-twenties. As its subject suggests, this story is absorbing and inspiring, and I definitely cried through much of it. Ho...

    I was privileged to receive an advance review copy of The Encore. In short, this is one of those stories that simply must be told. I was floored when I watched Charity's TED talk and performance back in 2011, following her first double lung transplant. The Encore is a deeper look at th...

    This book is an emotional roller coaster. It is written so well that you feel all of her feelings. This woman battled for literally every breath she took and took me along for the ride. The most important thing about this story is don't take anything for granted, live life to its fulle...

    This is the first book I've read that was written by someone who has Pulmonary Hypertension (the same disease I have). She's a young woman, especially compared to me! She is first and foremost a singer ~ she's an opera singer. So when she is diagnose with PH, she determines to keep sin...

    I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy - and literally could not put it down. It's a love story -- between a girl and her craft, a daughter and a mother, siblings and a sister, and a boy and a girl. It's beautiful and real and riveting. ...

    I was hoping to like this book, and I was surprised to love it. I started reading it around 9:30 just for a little bit of reading before bed, but I ended up ignoring when my husband went to bed and kept reading until 2:30 because I just had to finish this novel. I cried SO much duri...

    This memoir is a beautiful meditation on art, death, dreams, and the struggle for life. It is the story of a young opera singer who undergoes two double-lung transplants, and of her struggle for a life pursuing the singing that she so loves. Some of Charity's medical experience resonat...

    What a great read! Deeply moving and heart-felt throughout every page. A very compelling, personal story. ...

  • Marika
    Apr 24, 2017

    This memoir chronicles opera singer and author Charity Tillemann-Dick's medical and emotional journey through not one, but two, double lung transplants during her mid-twenties. As its subject suggests, this story is absorbing and inspiring, and I definitely cried through much of it. Ho...

    I was privileged to receive an advance review copy of The Encore. In short, this is one of those stories that simply must be told. I was floored when I watched Charity's TED talk and performance back in 2011, following her first double lung transplant. The Encore is a deeper look at th...

    This book is an emotional roller coaster. It is written so well that you feel all of her feelings. This woman battled for literally every breath she took and took me along for the ride. The most important thing about this story is don't take anything for granted, live life to its fulle...

    This is the first book I've read that was written by someone who has Pulmonary Hypertension (the same disease I have). She's a young woman, especially compared to me! She is first and foremost a singer ~ she's an opera singer. So when she is diagnose with PH, she determines to keep sin...

    I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy - and literally could not put it down. It's a love story -- between a girl and her craft, a daughter and a mother, siblings and a sister, and a boy and a girl. It's beautiful and real and riveting. ...

    I was hoping to like this book, and I was surprised to love it. I started reading it around 9:30 just for a little bit of reading before bed, but I ended up ignoring when my husband went to bed and kept reading until 2:30 because I just had to finish this novel. I cried SO much duri...

    This memoir is a beautiful meditation on art, death, dreams, and the struggle for life. It is the story of a young opera singer who undergoes two double-lung transplants, and of her struggle for a life pursuing the singing that she so loves. Some of Charity's medical experience resonat...

    What a great read! Deeply moving and heart-felt throughout every page. A very compelling, personal story. ...

    A remarkable book about a truly remarkable woman. The writing is verbal, musical, fresh and inviting. It stands out even in its memoir genre. Let's be honest: reading a memoir of a 30-something may seem a little underdone. Has she had enough experience that I can draw on or be inte...

    I've never read a memoir/biography that was so consuming of my thoughts and attention. Charity's candid recounting of being a professional opera singer while diagnosed with a terminal illness (PH) and her long and arduous road to recovery after not one, but two double lung transplants ...

    I don?t know how it is to read, but you MUST listen to this book! I loved the voice. And the singing. Delving into the esoteric opera world with your toe! A long car ride and you?re swept up in this young woman?s family and life. I laughed and cried in just the right amount. And ...

    A vividly moving, beautifully written and incredibly inspiring memoir. The author has a gift for conveying the triumphs, heartaches, poignant moments and humorous anecdotes of her life. Her love for life, her family and her music make this book a joy to read. I cannot recommend it eno...

    Beautiful. ...

    Loved this book! Filled with hope and determination! ...

    I couldn't put this book down. It's an amazing story of hope, belief, and love mixed with a dash of opera and a fantastic cast of characters. ...

    Breathtaking, inspiring, unputdownable 36-hour read. This memoir is a triumph?And it has the power to move others struggling against odds to live life with great joy. ...

    I was an acquaintance of Charity when she lived in Baltimore. She was kind, a bit peculiar to me, yet I was impressed with her wisdom in church discussions. I didn't realize until after she moved away just how sick she was. I cried sad and happy tears reading this book. At the time ...

    An uplifting story of a remarkable person striving and surviving against unbelievable odds. The story of the author beating deadly health issues with the help of her family and both the help and, sometimes, hindrance of modern medicine, while remarkable enough, is simply overshadowe...

    Imagine being an award winning classical recording artist, a Soprano whose voice soars to heaven as you sing. Now grasp that you are this gifted singer and have been diagnosed with a fatal lung disease that requires not one, but two lung transplants. This book is the true story of Char...

  • Grace Willow
    Aug 09, 2017

    This memoir chronicles opera singer and author Charity Tillemann-Dick's medical and emotional journey through not one, but two, double lung transplants during her mid-twenties. As its subject suggests, this story is absorbing and inspiring, and I definitely cried through much of it. Ho...

    I was privileged to receive an advance review copy of The Encore. In short, this is one of those stories that simply must be told. I was floored when I watched Charity's TED talk and performance back in 2011, following her first double lung transplant. The Encore is a deeper look at th...

    This book is an emotional roller coaster. It is written so well that you feel all of her feelings. This woman battled for literally every breath she took and took me along for the ride. The most important thing about this story is don't take anything for granted, live life to its fulle...

    This is the first book I've read that was written by someone who has Pulmonary Hypertension (the same disease I have). She's a young woman, especially compared to me! She is first and foremost a singer ~ she's an opera singer. So when she is diagnose with PH, she determines to keep sin...

    I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy - and literally could not put it down. It's a love story -- between a girl and her craft, a daughter and a mother, siblings and a sister, and a boy and a girl. It's beautiful and real and riveting. ...

  • Gordon Kaplan
    Nov 20, 2017

    This memoir chronicles opera singer and author Charity Tillemann-Dick's medical and emotional journey through not one, but two, double lung transplants during her mid-twenties. As its subject suggests, this story is absorbing and inspiring, and I definitely cried through much of it. Ho...

    I was privileged to receive an advance review copy of The Encore. In short, this is one of those stories that simply must be told. I was floored when I watched Charity's TED talk and performance back in 2011, following her first double lung transplant. The Encore is a deeper look at th...

    This book is an emotional roller coaster. It is written so well that you feel all of her feelings. This woman battled for literally every breath she took and took me along for the ride. The most important thing about this story is don't take anything for granted, live life to its fulle...

    This is the first book I've read that was written by someone who has Pulmonary Hypertension (the same disease I have). She's a young woman, especially compared to me! She is first and foremost a singer ~ she's an opera singer. So when she is diagnose with PH, she determines to keep sin...

    I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy - and literally could not put it down. It's a love story -- between a girl and her craft, a daughter and a mother, siblings and a sister, and a boy and a girl. It's beautiful and real and riveting. ...

    I was hoping to like this book, and I was surprised to love it. I started reading it around 9:30 just for a little bit of reading before bed, but I ended up ignoring when my husband went to bed and kept reading until 2:30 because I just had to finish this novel. I cried SO much duri...

    This memoir is a beautiful meditation on art, death, dreams, and the struggle for life. It is the story of a young opera singer who undergoes two double-lung transplants, and of her struggle for a life pursuing the singing that she so loves. Some of Charity's medical experience resonat...

    What a great read! Deeply moving and heart-felt throughout every page. A very compelling, personal story. ...

    A remarkable book about a truly remarkable woman. The writing is verbal, musical, fresh and inviting. It stands out even in its memoir genre. Let's be honest: reading a memoir of a 30-something may seem a little underdone. Has she had enough experience that I can draw on or be inte...

    I've never read a memoir/biography that was so consuming of my thoughts and attention. Charity's candid recounting of being a professional opera singer while diagnosed with a terminal illness (PH) and her long and arduous road to recovery after not one, but two double lung transplants ...

    I don?t know how it is to read, but you MUST listen to this book! I loved the voice. And the singing. Delving into the esoteric opera world with your toe! A long car ride and you?re swept up in this young woman?s family and life. I laughed and cried in just the right amount. And ...

    A vividly moving, beautifully written and incredibly inspiring memoir. The author has a gift for conveying the triumphs, heartaches, poignant moments and humorous anecdotes of her life. Her love for life, her family and her music make this book a joy to read. I cannot recommend it eno...

    Beautiful. ...

    Loved this book! Filled with hope and determination! ...

    I couldn't put this book down. It's an amazing story of hope, belief, and love mixed with a dash of opera and a fantastic cast of characters. ...

    Breathtaking, inspiring, unputdownable 36-hour read. This memoir is a triumph?And it has the power to move others struggling against odds to live life with great joy. ...

    I was an acquaintance of Charity when she lived in Baltimore. She was kind, a bit peculiar to me, yet I was impressed with her wisdom in church discussions. I didn't realize until after she moved away just how sick she was. I cried sad and happy tears reading this book. At the time ...

    An uplifting story of a remarkable person striving and surviving against unbelievable odds. The story of the author beating deadly health issues with the help of her family and both the help and, sometimes, hindrance of modern medicine, while remarkable enough, is simply overshadowe...

    Imagine being an award winning classical recording artist, a Soprano whose voice soars to heaven as you sing. Now grasp that you are this gifted singer and have been diagnosed with a fatal lung disease that requires not one, but two lung transplants. This book is the true story of Char...

    This one is difficult to rate. 5 STARS for the story with all its heart and the beautiful life lessons. 4 stars for the way in which it is told. Charity's writing is good: intimate and conversational. But it isn't Steinbeck good. It isn't Hardy good. So, I cannot give it 5 stars. Ho...

    I grew up going to Stake girls camp with Charity! I loved this book. Not only does Charity have a beautiful singing voice, she has a beautiful writing voice too! ...

    Heart-wrenching, inspiring, funny, and real. ...

    Really a stunning story of a life. I'll have to collect my thoughts on it some more. Review to come! ...

    I felt sad for Charity and her family, but I was in awe of the medical teams, her boyfriend, her family, her mother, her friends. I learned a lot about the excellent health care systems, and about what a difference one medical person can make in the life of a patient. ...

    Charity Tillemann-Dick was a vivacious young American soprano studying at the celebrated Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest when she received devastating news: her lungs were failing, her heart was three and a half sizes too big, and she would dies within five years. Inexplicably...

  • Ruth
    Mar 04, 2017

    This memoir chronicles opera singer and author Charity Tillemann-Dick's medical and emotional journey through not one, but two, double lung transplants during her mid-twenties. As its subject suggests, this story is absorbing and inspiring, and I definitely cried through much of it. Ho...

    I was privileged to receive an advance review copy of The Encore. In short, this is one of those stories that simply must be told. I was floored when I watched Charity's TED talk and performance back in 2011, following her first double lung transplant. The Encore is a deeper look at th...

    This book is an emotional roller coaster. It is written so well that you feel all of her feelings. This woman battled for literally every breath she took and took me along for the ride. The most important thing about this story is don't take anything for granted, live life to its fulle...

    This is the first book I've read that was written by someone who has Pulmonary Hypertension (the same disease I have). She's a young woman, especially compared to me! She is first and foremost a singer ~ she's an opera singer. So when she is diagnose with PH, she determines to keep sin...

    I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy - and literally could not put it down. It's a love story -- between a girl and her craft, a daughter and a mother, siblings and a sister, and a boy and a girl. It's beautiful and real and riveting. ...

    I was hoping to like this book, and I was surprised to love it. I started reading it around 9:30 just for a little bit of reading before bed, but I ended up ignoring when my husband went to bed and kept reading until 2:30 because I just had to finish this novel. I cried SO much duri...

    This memoir is a beautiful meditation on art, death, dreams, and the struggle for life. It is the story of a young opera singer who undergoes two double-lung transplants, and of her struggle for a life pursuing the singing that she so loves. Some of Charity's medical experience resonat...

    What a great read! Deeply moving and heart-felt throughout every page. A very compelling, personal story. ...

    A remarkable book about a truly remarkable woman. The writing is verbal, musical, fresh and inviting. It stands out even in its memoir genre. Let's be honest: reading a memoir of a 30-something may seem a little underdone. Has she had enough experience that I can draw on or be inte...

  • Melodie Winawer
    Oct 21, 2017

    This memoir chronicles opera singer and author Charity Tillemann-Dick's medical and emotional journey through not one, but two, double lung transplants during her mid-twenties. As its subject suggests, this story is absorbing and inspiring, and I definitely cried through much of it. Ho...

    I was privileged to receive an advance review copy of The Encore. In short, this is one of those stories that simply must be told. I was floored when I watched Charity's TED talk and performance back in 2011, following her first double lung transplant. The Encore is a deeper look at th...

    This book is an emotional roller coaster. It is written so well that you feel all of her feelings. This woman battled for literally every breath she took and took me along for the ride. The most important thing about this story is don't take anything for granted, live life to its fulle...

    This is the first book I've read that was written by someone who has Pulmonary Hypertension (the same disease I have). She's a young woman, especially compared to me! She is first and foremost a singer ~ she's an opera singer. So when she is diagnose with PH, she determines to keep sin...

    I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy - and literally could not put it down. It's a love story -- between a girl and her craft, a daughter and a mother, siblings and a sister, and a boy and a girl. It's beautiful and real and riveting. ...

    I was hoping to like this book, and I was surprised to love it. I started reading it around 9:30 just for a little bit of reading before bed, but I ended up ignoring when my husband went to bed and kept reading until 2:30 because I just had to finish this novel. I cried SO much duri...

    This memoir is a beautiful meditation on art, death, dreams, and the struggle for life. It is the story of a young opera singer who undergoes two double-lung transplants, and of her struggle for a life pursuing the singing that she so loves. Some of Charity's medical experience resonat...

    What a great read! Deeply moving and heart-felt throughout every page. A very compelling, personal story. ...

    A remarkable book about a truly remarkable woman. The writing is verbal, musical, fresh and inviting. It stands out even in its memoir genre. Let's be honest: reading a memoir of a 30-something may seem a little underdone. Has she had enough experience that I can draw on or be inte...

    I've never read a memoir/biography that was so consuming of my thoughts and attention. Charity's candid recounting of being a professional opera singer while diagnosed with a terminal illness (PH) and her long and arduous road to recovery after not one, but two double lung transplants ...

    I don?t know how it is to read, but you MUST listen to this book! I loved the voice. And the singing. Delving into the esoteric opera world with your toe! A long car ride and you?re swept up in this young woman?s family and life. I laughed and cried in just the right amount. And ...

    A vividly moving, beautifully written and incredibly inspiring memoir. The author has a gift for conveying the triumphs, heartaches, poignant moments and humorous anecdotes of her life. Her love for life, her family and her music make this book a joy to read. I cannot recommend it eno...

    Beautiful. ...

    Loved this book! Filled with hope and determination! ...

    I couldn't put this book down. It's an amazing story of hope, belief, and love mixed with a dash of opera and a fantastic cast of characters. ...

    Breathtaking, inspiring, unputdownable 36-hour read. This memoir is a triumph?And it has the power to move others struggling against odds to live life with great joy. ...

  • Debra
    Mar 04, 2018

    This memoir chronicles opera singer and author Charity Tillemann-Dick's medical and emotional journey through not one, but two, double lung transplants during her mid-twenties. As its subject suggests, this story is absorbing and inspiring, and I definitely cried through much of it. Ho...

    I was privileged to receive an advance review copy of The Encore. In short, this is one of those stories that simply must be told. I was floored when I watched Charity's TED talk and performance back in 2011, following her first double lung transplant. The Encore is a deeper look at th...

    This book is an emotional roller coaster. It is written so well that you feel all of her feelings. This woman battled for literally every breath she took and took me along for the ride. The most important thing about this story is don't take anything for granted, live life to its fulle...

    This is the first book I've read that was written by someone who has Pulmonary Hypertension (the same disease I have). She's a young woman, especially compared to me! She is first and foremost a singer ~ she's an opera singer. So when she is diagnose with PH, she determines to keep sin...

    I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy - and literally could not put it down. It's a love story -- between a girl and her craft, a daughter and a mother, siblings and a sister, and a boy and a girl. It's beautiful and real and riveting. ...

    I was hoping to like this book, and I was surprised to love it. I started reading it around 9:30 just for a little bit of reading before bed, but I ended up ignoring when my husband went to bed and kept reading until 2:30 because I just had to finish this novel. I cried SO much duri...

    This memoir is a beautiful meditation on art, death, dreams, and the struggle for life. It is the story of a young opera singer who undergoes two double-lung transplants, and of her struggle for a life pursuing the singing that she so loves. Some of Charity's medical experience resonat...

    What a great read! Deeply moving and heart-felt throughout every page. A very compelling, personal story. ...

    A remarkable book about a truly remarkable woman. The writing is verbal, musical, fresh and inviting. It stands out even in its memoir genre. Let's be honest: reading a memoir of a 30-something may seem a little underdone. Has she had enough experience that I can draw on or be inte...

    I've never read a memoir/biography that was so consuming of my thoughts and attention. Charity's candid recounting of being a professional opera singer while diagnosed with a terminal illness (PH) and her long and arduous road to recovery after not one, but two double lung transplants ...

    I don?t know how it is to read, but you MUST listen to this book! I loved the voice. And the singing. Delving into the esoteric opera world with your toe! A long car ride and you?re swept up in this young woman?s family and life. I laughed and cried in just the right amount. And ...

    A vividly moving, beautifully written and incredibly inspiring memoir. The author has a gift for conveying the triumphs, heartaches, poignant moments and humorous anecdotes of her life. Her love for life, her family and her music make this book a joy to read. I cannot recommend it eno...

    Beautiful. ...

    Loved this book! Filled with hope and determination! ...