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CHIN MUSIC ~Lee Edelstein

I had no idea what the term CHIN MUSIC was all about, as a matter of fact it just seemed like a curious title for a book I was being asked to review on a TLC tour.  I had to read the cover to get an adequate explanation and what turned out to be the best description of the story inside I have ever read.

“CHIN MUSIC:  In baseball terms, a 95-mile-per-hour fastball thrown at a hitter’s chin.  Its purpose?  To disrupt the batter’s concentration, throw him off kilter.  But there’s a split second’s difference between getting IN the batter’s head and hitting it, causing serious damage or worse.  In a larger sense, chin music is a metaphor for that split second – a phone call in the middle of the night, a visit to the doctor – when our lives are irrevocably changed and our destinies are forever altered.”

After reading this description, I am fully engaged with reading this book and discovering the words that make up the story.  It is actually several stories well told and it starts out about 85 years earlier with Babe Ruth at spring training in Florida and a haircut.   I wrote a report about Babe Ruth in 4th grade; it was an assignment not my choice, and my teacher knew that I had been hit in the eye by a fly baseball one of my early weeks in first grade – you see the 8th grade boys were having a game in the yard of the school and the bell rang and I ran into the path of the ball just off the bat.  My vision has been forever changed.  I still played a great deal of baseball in the back fields when the boys would let me play or were short for a team.  I went to my first professional baseball game in Seattle for my 58th birthday a gift from my daughter.

CHIN MUSIC moves one forward to the present day and a life altering car accident, which radically changes a family’s future.   This CHIN MUSIC event got caught right into one young man’s mind and was causing him nightmares and problems.

The love of sports and a good counselor assisted this fellow in healing and processing the accident. The story points out good life skills and asking for assistance.  It is a marvelous coming of age story.   It is listed as a young adult read, but I believe that many, many folks will like this story and find a bit of themselves in between the binding.

The Mother in this story was well characterized and not portrayed as just an add-on to the whole experience.  She was tracking down a mystery and a family secret which she believed would assist her family in healing and moving forward in their lives.   She was a vital part of the story.

The boy’s father was also treated with dignity and respect; often a rare find these days.

I thought Edelstein did a marvelous job of bringing in an older adult who became a mentor in the situation and helped the family trust.   I think too often the older person in stories is seen as the crabby, sit-com style neighbor who makes more discouragement and trouble for the hero, whereas in this story each character had the opportunity to be a hero and the main character – as big as Babe Ruth.

I believe the sport of Baseball gets a big boost from this author’s love of the sport.   Most readers would enjoy this book.


After my partner gets a chance to read this book, I am going to pass it on to Library Girl’s School Library, and you could win a copy of this book for yourself or your school library as the SELA HOUSE Publishers and TLC Book Tours are offering a giveaway.   Looking forward to your comments.

“Lee Edelstein was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY where his love of baseball was kindled by his Dad, an ardent Dodger fan.  After a successful business career, Lee resolved to pursue a lifelong passion for writing.  CHIN MUSIC is his first novel.”  His Blog which is also called CHIN MUSIC

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14 Responses to “CHIN MUSIC ~Lee Edelstein”

  1. Talon Says:

    It’s so very very true, Patricia — you do learn something new every single day and today I learned about Chin Music :)

    Patricia Reply:

    I work at learning something new every day and was delighted that this book offered several days worth of good new stuff. Delighted to find your here…I find it so satisfying to know that you are back

  2. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    Patricia – I’m right with Talon, we do, indeed, learn something new every day, and “Chin Music” is my nugget for today – thank you!

    Patricia Reply:

    Yep when those fly byes get into the head – it is quite the ride…It is quite the lesson and a good book

  3. Alien Ghost Says:

    Hi Patricia,

    I didn’t know the term, but now I can apply it to several circumstances throughout my own life, and give a name to those moments when a straight line became broken and suddenly re-aligned to a completely different path in just a split second, taking longer to recover from the sudden shock than the time it took for the path to change. Chin Music!

    Thank you! :)

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    Patricia Reply:

    Yes this is a story about the recovery, which can often take time, but once it started to kick in…it was life changing…
    A lovely read – my husband has even picked it up to read.
    Interesting term…

  4. Sam Juliano Says:

    I am a huge lifetime baseball fan, and a fervent New York Yankees rooter, who has seen many games in the Bronx Stadium over the years. The book you discuss here sounds most inspiring and a labor of love. It’s a work I would like to check out, and your review is infectious in mood and beautifully-written!

    Patricia Reply:

    Thank you for your kind words…and I do think you would enjoy this book so much and so would your kids….I could see you writing a book like this after retirement too!

  5. Sara Says:

    Patricia — You have such a gift for making me want to read books I wouldn’t notice otherwise!

    I was really taken with what you said about the older person being a mentor and how the author treated this character w/o stereotyping.

    Not long ago, I read a mystery and the author was describing this 60-year old woman as being ancient. Well, given I’m the same age, I wasn’t so fond of this description and it bothered me enough that I stopped reading the book.

    Funny how, when I was younger this would not have bothered me at all, but geez, now that I am that age…I definitely bothered when an older woman is described as having blue hair and wearing old lady shoes:~)

    So, kudos to Lee Edelstein! A great book review and thank you for it!

    Patricia Reply:

    As I am looking at the mid-60s I too do not like the ancient stereotypes! This mentor was even older and it took awhile for him to win trust – but he was capable of doing just that.

    Thank you for your kind words about the review, I liked this book very much and that made it easier to share. I learn so much from reading and I just want others to experience that key too –

    I wish I had a larger readership, because it is difficult to keep going when no one purchases books from my site. It is a good exchange though for reading new things and opening up my boundaries.

  6. Heather J. @ TLC Says:

    Sounds like a wonderful read for baseball season!

    Thanks for being on the tour.

    patricia Reply:

    Heather J
    Enjoyed the book and happy, happy to be on the tour.

  7. Teena in Toronto Says:

    I enjoyed this book :)
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    patricia Reply:

    Teena in Toronto
    Welcome and thank you for your comment.
    I liked this book too and my partner is now reading and enjoying it too as is my Librarian daughter.

    Thank you for adding your smiling vote! :)