Rob Sheffield, a contributing editor for Rolling Stone, wrote his memoir — Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time — after he became a young widower. The moving yet funny autobiography was a tribute to his late wife, to their marriage and to their mutual love of music. He organized the book using the track listings of 15 of his favorite mix tapes and showed that music is so powerful, it can even help you heal.
Turn Around Bright Eyes is the story of how Rob's love of karaoke helped him move forward after his wife's death and eventually find love again. The story picks up where Love Is a Mix Tape left off. He's a young widower, devastated by grief and trying to start a new life in a new town. It's only when he discovers karaoke and embraces its ridiculousness as he belts out songs, despite the fact that he cannot carry a tune, that he finds his voice.
Karaoke quickly becomes an obsession, and it takes him to all kinds of places — from senior citizen communities to cowboy saloons. But he's shocked when it leads him to a new life and a new love. This book is a sweet love story about how to pick up the pieces and move on, even when you're crushed to the core. It's an emotional tale about music and its power to evoke memories of the past while at the same time inspiring hope for the future. And for all of these reasons, this funny — yet heartfelt — memoir was the obvious choice for our Red Hot Book of the Week.
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