Joanne Lipman

Author, media advisor and editor Joanne Lipman is co-author of the critically acclaimed Strings Attached: One Tough Teacher and the Gift of Great Expectations (Hyperion/Hachette).  She was founding Editor in Chief of Conde Nast Portfolio magazine, and is a former deputy managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, where she supervised coverage that earned three Pulitzer prizes.  She is a frequent television commentator, seen on CNN, NBC, CNBC, and CBS, among others. For a more complete biography, click here.

"A MUST-READ"! - Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"A vivid, often tender portrait...that ends up ripping your heart out." -USA TODAY         

“Inspirational…For those who had a figure like Mr. K in their lives, “Strings Attached” will resonate. Everyone else will wish they had been so lucky.”  -THE NEW YORK TIMES

Now in paperback!

Who is that one person who changed your life forever? The one who pushed you to dream bigger and reach higher? The one who set you straight on what matters in life?

STRINGS ATTACHED is a powerful memoir about resilience in the face of unspeakable tragedy, an inspiring tale of how one man transformed his own heartache into a legacy of joy for his students.

His students knew Jerry Kupchynsky as “Mr. K” – the fierce, foot-stomping Ukrainian-born music teacher who rehearsed them until their fingers almost bled, and who made them better than they had any right to be. Away from the classroom, though, life seemed to conspire against him at every turn. STRINGS ATTACHED takes you on his remarkable journey, from his childhood on the run in Nazi Germany, to his life in America caring for his disabled wife and their two young daughters, to his search for his younger daughter after she mysteriously disappears - a search that would last for seven years.

His unforgettable story is lyrically told in alternating chapters by two childhood friends who reconnected decades later: Melanie Kupchynsky, his daughter, and Joanne Lipman, a former student.

Heartbreaking yet ultimately triumphant, STRINGS ATTACHED is a testament to the astonishing power of hope -- and a celebration of the profound influence one person can have on the lives of others.

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Women at Work: A Guide for Men

Joanne Lipman discusses her viral Wall Street Journal article, "Women at Work: A Guide for Men," on CNBC on December 23, 2014.


Joanne discusses Strings Attached on CNBC's Squawk Box, December 18, 2013.

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CNBC, Squawk Box, "Women at Work: A Guide for Men," December 23, 2014

Business Insider, "6 Things You Should Stop Saying Around Women At work," December 22, 2014

The Wall Street Journal, Gender and Business: Recognizing and Promoting Talent (Letters), December 20, 2014

Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC, "How to Be a Better "Male" Manager", December 20, 2014

Business Insider, "5 Tips for Men Who Manage Women," December 17, 2014

The Wall Street Journal, "Women at Work: A Guide for Men," by Joanne Lipman December 13, 2014

The Wall Street Journal, "A Musical Fix for American Schools," by Joanne Lipman October 11, 2014

Strings Magazine, Review by Barbara Bogatin: a "remarkable, engrossing memoir" November 2014

Chicago Tribune - Printer's Row, Melanie Kupchynsky, Joanne Lipman on 'Strings Attached,' by Donald Liebenson, September 26, 2014, August 24, 2014, Review: Compelling and a page turner....The stories woven between these two voices make a fabric that is strong and richly textured."

Sinfini Music, Review, June 17, 2014 by Jessica Duchen"A heartfelt memoir...that contains a vital message for us all."

 The Jewish Chronicle, May 9, 2014, Review of Strings Attached: "From the deeply touching memoir, Strings Attached, Jerry Kupchynsky emerges as an inspiration....(who) imbued kids in his care with a tireless work ethic, supreme strength of character and the desire to become more than they ever dreamed possible."

 American Music Teacher magazine review of STRINGS ATTACHED, April/May 2014: "A touching memoir....the story is ultimately one of resilience and optimism." Why the Toughest Bosses Are Best" by Cheryl Conner, March 10, 2014 "Hard Work & Discipline, the Keys to Success" (video) interview with Devin Thorpe, March 6, 2014

 CNBC Squawk Box: "Where's the She-Wolf of Wall Street?" interview with Joanne Lipman, January 6, 2014 What's Missing in The Wolf of Wall Street: The Women, by Joanne Lipman, December 30, 2013

 Minnesota Public Radio review: "A captivating read...a gripping account of a remarkable life, told from two perspectives that richly complement one another"  December 24, 2013

 USA TODAY: "Strings Attached: Portrait of a Tough Music Teacher," review: "A vivid, often tender portrait" that"ends up ripping your heart out" December 22, 2013

New York Times: Best-Selling Education Books of 2013, December 18, 2013

NY1: Interview with Joanne Lipman, December 20, 2013, "How to Bring Tough Love Into Your Office" - management lessons from "Strings Attached," December 18, 2013

 CNBC "Squawk Box" - Tough Love in the Workplace, interview with Joanne Lipman, December 18, 2013

 Harvard Business Review, "The Fine Art of Tough Love," by Joanne Lipman, December 17, 2013

 "Critical Thinking with Andrew Patner," WFMT, interview with Melanie Kupchynsky & Joanne Lipman, with music from "Strings Attached," December 9, 2013

The Conversation Live wtih Cyrus Webb, Interview with Joanne Lipman. Listen to streaming here. December 9, 2013

The New York Times Book Review: "Inspirational...For those who had a figure like Mr. K in their lives, “Strings Attached” will resonate. Everyone else will wish they had been so lucky."  Holiday Books, December 7, 2013

WGN-TV Strings Attached is "the one book" that is a must-read this winter vacation December 5, 2013

 The SUN, UK - FOUR STAR review - "The story of an incredible insightful read" November 29, 2013

  "Life Lessons from Strings Attached, The Home News Tribune, page 1, November 17, 2013

"Memories of a Mentor & the Music," The Home News Tribune, page 1, November 17, 2013

Times of London, November 16, 2013, Strings Attached, "a lively tribute" to a beloved teacher

 Wall Street Journal, November 6, 2013 The Importance of Mentors, WSJ Live

NPR's "Central Time" on Wisconsin Public Radio, interview with Joanne Lipman, November 1, 2013

Macleans, October 31, 2013 "A man whose life balanced happiness with tragedy, baby-boom optimism with immigrant struggle," Mr. K is "a symbol of perseverance in a fragile world"

Smoky Mountain News - Review - "A vivid portrait...Strings Attached gives us many gifts" October 30, 2013 - FIVE STAR review for Strings Attached: A "captivating" story with "a heartbreaking climax." October 25, 2013

Q&A With Joanne Lipman - Authors with Deborah Kalb October 25, 2013

 WNYC Soundcheck: "Is Music the Key to Success?" with Joanne Lipman, October 21, 2013

 Stand Up! With Pete Dominick, SIRIUS radio, "Strings Attached" conversation with Joanne Lipman, October 21, 2013

 "Is Music the Key to Success?" by Joanne Lipman, The New York Times, October 12, 2013 The #1 most-emailed story on

 Laura Ingraham Show - Joanne Lipman discusses Strings Attached - October 9, 2013

Fox & Friends - Joanne Lipman & Melanie Kupchynsky discuss Strings Attached - October 5, 2013

NBC Today Show, interview with Joanne Lipman, October 4, 2013

 No More Coddling!, October 3, 2013

 The Tough Teacher Who Changed Our Lives,, October 2, 2013

Q+A: Joanne Lipman and Melanie Kupchynsky, Co-Authors of Strings Attached,, October 1, 2013

Excerpt: A New Book that Asks: 'Are We Too Soft on Our Kids?', October 1, 2013

Melanie Kupchynsky on Chicago Tonight, September 30, 2013

A Tough Teacher Who Hit the Right Notes, Joanne Lipman and Melanie Kupchynsky on The Takeaway with John Hockenberry, October 1, 2013

Why Tough Teachers Get Good Results, by Joanne Lipman, Wall Street Journal, September 27, 2013

Meet a Tough Love Teacher in Strings Attached by Joanne Lipman and Melanie Kupchynsky, Found Between the Covers Blog, September 25, 2013

How to Get Over Your Fear of "No", by Joanne Lipman, Glamour magazine, October 2013, p. 226 - Advice based on Strings Attached

Yale Alumni Magazine book review, September/October 2013. "Most poignantly, this book begs us to think back on all the 'Mr. K's' in our own lives."

 CNN's Reliable Sources, anchored by Joanne Lipman, August 18, 2013. Video. A look at reporters targeted in Egypt; Al Jazeera America's launch; USA Today's editor in chief; Perils of citizen video; and New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan

Kirkus STARRED Review of Strings Attached, Kirkus Reviews, August 18, 2013 "Moving and motivating--a must-read..."

 Joanne Lipman to Host Reliable Sources TV Newswer, August 16, 2013

 Tough Love: PW Talks with Joanne Lipman and Melanie Kupchynsky, Publishers Weekly, July 12, 2013

Publishers Weekly Review: Strings Attached is "powerful and "larger than life." June 17, 2013

Latest Rutgers Scandal: Does Verbal Abuse Have a Place in Society? piece discusses "Strings Attached," May 28, 2013

Buzz Books 2013 Fall/Winter includes an excerpt from "Strings Attached" as one of the big books for fall.  May, 2013

Facebook's Stock Plunge, CNN appearance on UpFront with Erin Burnett; August 18, 2012

And the Orchestra Played On, by Joanne Lipman, New York Times, February 27, 2010

The Mismeasure of Women, by Joanne Lipman, New York Times October 23, 2009

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