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By Nick Hornby

Published within the US as Songbook

31 Songs is best-selling writer Nick Hornby's final wilderness island disks

Through thirty-one songs that he both loves or has enjoyed, Nick Hornby tells us what tune capacity to his lifestyles. those own and passionate items - refreshingly freed from pretension - are a party of the enjoyment that definite songs have given him. including extra writings on track from his column within the new Yorker - noticeable within the united kingdom for the 1st time - 31 Songs is for Hornby what many folks have continuously sought after: a soundtrack to accompany life.

Winner of The nationwide booklet Critics Circle award, this humorous and touchingly own publication, from the writer of the million-copy #1 bestseller a couple of Boy, is a needs to for track enthusiasts everywhere.

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Many studies have demonstrated that newborns clearly recognize and prefer music that their mothers listened to or sang during their pregnancies. Babies can even develop literary preferences while in the womb. In an experiment conducted at the University of North Carolina, infants whose mothers had regularly read Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat during the final trimester of their pregnancies clearly recognized and preferred that book after birth. Re­ search has shown that newborns can tell the difference between their mothers’ language and a foreign one, and that at only two days after birth they greatly prefer their mother tongue.

This composer’s ability to evoke life’s elemental joy through musical notes and rhythms was perhaps sparked during the months of his mother’s happy pregnancy, when the playful sounds of his father’s violin first reached his devel­ oping ears. Surely no father ever harbored higher hopes for a child than Papa Leopold. The violin teacher, court composer, and future vice-conductor at the prince-archbishop’s court in Salzburg, Leopold had already en­ dured the deaths of five infants when his thirty-six-year-old wife, Anna Maria, became pregnant with Wolfgang.

CELEBRATING LIFE WITH SONG In the tiny French village of Pithiviers, obstetrician Michael Odent began organizing group meetings around a piano so that expectant mothers could sing together on a regular basis. Most expectant mothers need much more social and emotional support than is available through a monthly meeting with an obstetrician or midwife, he felt. He hoped that by creating a friendly and welcoming songfest for his patients, the women would form emotional attachments with the clinic and with one another.

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