“Goldsby is the Mata Hari of the piano. Her musicality, humor, and mettle are unquestionable and resonate not only in her arsenal of discreetly placed glissandos, but in her gleefully honest writing and storytelling. She is part lifeguard and part mystic; like all great gurus, her heightened sense of the absurd and saint-like patience transcend most mortals.” Mike Edison, author of Sympathy for the Drummer: Why Charlie Watts Matters

Piano Girl Playbook

Piano Girl Playbook connects the humanity of Goldsby's audiences with the quiet soundtrack of her peripatetic, melodic life. "Goldsby, the undisputed queen of the the lounge and lobby, distills what she has learned about music and people and life. It's the exact opposite of easy listening." Jesse Kornbluth, Head Butler

Piano Girl

A giddy mixture of droll hilarity and pathos, Piano Girl delivers an entertaining and enlightening memoir of music and life as a cocktail pianist. "Goldsby has a wicked sense of humor and a keen eye for the absurd." Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Waltz of the Asparagus People

Sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, Goldsby's lyrical stories reveal the trials and triumphs of an expatriate musician's life. "Goldsby has an enviable knack for writing about music in a way that captures its beautiful essence." Monica Kern, Piano World

Walzer der Spargelmenschen

The German adaptation of Waltz of the Asparagus People. Translated by Dagmar Breitenbach for the Bücken and Sulzer Verlag.

Manhattan Road Trip

Thirteen sparkling short stories that illuminate the not-so-public lives of musicians. Fragile, feisty, courageous, but sometimes just plain world-weary, Goldsby's unbreakable protagonists dodge the slings and arrows of their tone-deaf neighbors, and keep playing the music they love.


Goldsby's fiction debut traces a young drummer's artistic and emotional development over the course of fifteen years. RHYTHM reveals the tragic beauty of human resilience, the restorative power of love and laughter, and the way one girl's music helps to mend her shattered heart.