The Uncommon Friendship of Yaltah Menuhin & Willa Cather

The Menuhins were one of America's great musical families whose close friendship with Willa Cather, the author of Death Comes for the Archbishop and other classics, is now recounted by Lionel Rolfe. The Menuhin siblings included brother Yehudi, the great violinist, and sister Yaltah whom some believed the most talented but whose fear of touring hindered her career. A noted Los Angeles journalist, Rolfe lays bare his mother, Yalth's, close relationship with Willa, along with a family tale of genius and eccentricity, amid the backdrop of London and New York, where the Menuhin's paths intersected with the gifted and strangely reclusive novelist. American Legends Publishing. 164 pg. $1.00