Sheffield’s 2007 debut, Love is a Mix Tape, was a bestseller and remains an indie fave. While Mix Tape was a coming-of-age story and a romance, Bright Eyes is a look at adult love—how a man picks himself up and rejoins the world after losing his first wife. a journey that forces him to face loss and depression, but ultimately leads to a newfound trust in love. Sheffield incorporates music into his stories and that’s where the karaoke comes in. As the editor says, “In this book, he leads readers through an unforgettable night of karaoke with a sing along soundtrack that will be stuck in your head for days. His song choices are both memorable and amazingly cringe worthy—but by the end you’ll be dying to pick up the microphone yourself.”
Lots of publicity for this: NPR’s Morning Edition & Weekend Edition Sunday will interview Rob for a multi-part karaoke party and book interview. He’ll also be on NPR’s The Dinner Party Download and do a series of DJ takeovers on SIRIUS XM. Print media coverage includes Men’s Journal, Elle, USA Today, Time Out New York, Time.com and Esquire.com.
Why in God’s name would anyone immerse themselves in the world of karaoke? Well, here’s your answer—and it’s a surprising trip out of some real darkness, set to a soundtrack of cheesy ballads, yelping rockers, and mangled standards. Turn Around Bright Eyes is an absolute treat.”
—Patton Oswalt, comedian, actor, and bestselling author
Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke (9780062207623) by Rob Sheffield. $25.99 hardcover. 8/6/13 on sale.