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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 received devastating news: her lungs were failing, her heart was three and a half sizes too big, and she would die within five years. Inexplicably, despite her fatal pulmonary condition, she could still sing. Medical experts advised Charity to abandon her musical dreams, but if her time was running out, she wanted to spend it doing what she loved.
In just three years, she endured two double lung transplants. Teetering between life and death, she slowly learned to breathe, walk, talk, eat, and sing again. With new lungs and fierce determination, she eventually fell in love, rebuilt her career, and reclaimed her life. Over a decade after her diagnosis, she has a chart-topping album, performs around the globe, and is a leading voice for organ donation.
Weaving Charity's extraordinary tale of triumph with those of opera's greatest heroines, The Encore illuminates the indomitable human spirit. It's the story of confronting devastating challenges with love: the intimate love of a mother for her daughter, a man for a woman, a doctor for her craft, and a singer for her music. Ultimately, grace from God and strangers enabled the work of love to save one young woman's breath and allowed her to reclaim her life.
©2017 Charity Tillemann-Dick (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc.
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By Kristina R Topp on 10-07-17

an incredible story by &about an incredible person

Such a powerful story full of grace! I especially loved the narration by the author.

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By J. Griffith on 12-08-17

Interesting, enlightening, moving.

Opera is something I have little experience with and even less knowledge about. It is not a genre of art that I have been inclined towards. However, I found this book fascinating in both how it illuminated that world for me and found following Charity’s life intriguing and inspiring. She has such a unique childhood, with unusual parents, religion, heritage, and experiences that I was constantly intrigued. Her career, courtship, marriage and battling such a terrible disease with courage and faith are beyond just interesting—one is moved with awe at honest and humble telling and that she is even alive to tell her story.

Having met her and her husband once at a book signing and then at a small dinner party, I was impressed with her lack of airs and easy manner. Yoni was just as authentic and delightful. I highly recommend this book.

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