Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing With Others (Algonquin Books, 2013)
“Stacy Horn’s book will seize your heart. It’s one part charming memoir, one part music history, one part query into surprising new findings in cognitive science that show why singing together … so fulfills the human soul. I don’t just love this book, I exult in it.” Pamela McCorduck, author of Machines Who Think, and Bounded Rationality.
I recently gave a TEDx Talk about singing in a choir. I did my best to distill the ideas in my book, and to give a brief introduction to the science of singing.
The PBS show Religion and Ethics did a wonderful piece about choral singing which features my choir.
I also wrote a piece for Slate about why you should join a choir and this too gives a good idea of what the book is about. Fast Company ran an excerpt which they titled, What Singing in a Choir Teaches Us About Teamwork. And, I was interviewed on NPR’s Talk of the Nation.
“… whether or not you believe in such phenomena is irrelevant to your ability to enjoy Horn’s book. It’s an exciting, immaculately researched, complicated answer to a question that has no simple answer: ‘Do you believe?’ Readers with an interest in matters Fortean will enjoy the almost novelistic style and Horn’s extensive research.” The Agony Column, Bookotron.com.
I made two videos about great ghost stories I’d researched in the process of writing this book:
The Restless Sleep: Inside New York City’s Cold Case Squad (Penquin, 2006).
“NPR contributor Horn’s deft writing and unique access to detectives laboring to bring justice to the many forgotten victims of murder create a significant addition to the genre. Several notches above the typical reporter’s insights into the realities of criminal justice …” Publishers Weekly. The Restless Sleep got starred reviews from both Kirkus and Publishers Weekly.
Waiting for My Cats to Die: a morbid memoir (St. Martin’s Press, 2001).
“Stacy Horn, the founder of the online service Echo, had a much more compelling-if less icily highbrow-exploration of midlife crisis in Waiting for My Cats to Die: A Morbid Memoir (2001). That endearing, humanly squeamish book plumbed not only Ms. Horn’s inner demons but those of friends, senior citizens, pets. It was 307 pages, but it flew like the wind.” New York Observer.
Cyberville: Clicks, Culture and the Creation of an Online Town (Warner Books, 1998).
“Cyberville resonates because, beyond helping us get inside the technology that separates us as much as it brings us together, the words of the author and of the Echoids are about the souls of people, about how they live together over time.”
The New York Times.