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In what The New York Times calls "a candid and lively memoir," world-renowned pianist Leon Fleisher frankly discusses how his thoughts turned to suicide when, in 1965, his left hand became crippled by a disease that was not diagnosed until 1991. During that interval, unwilling to concede defeat, he immersed himself in the left-handed piano repertory and also became a conductor. By 1995, he was again able to play two-handed. "My Nine Lives: A Memory of Many Careers in Music" (Doubleday), which he wrote with Washington Post music critic Anne Midgette, is Fleisher's ode to perseverance. Midgette will interview Fleisher during his presentation.