One Nation Under Song: My Karaoke Journey Through Grief, Joy, and America

Author: L. Kris Gowen


ISBN: 9781629015828

Format: Paperback

Pages: 312

Trim: 6 x 9

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Categories: Biography - Autobiography - History Non-Fiction Northwest Authors

“I don’t remember when I first articulated my goal of singing karaoke in all fifty states, but for a while it was all I had. Then my best friend died, and my half-hearted conversation piece of a goal was suddenly a driving need.”

Kris Gowen had a successful career, a wonderful partner, a strong circle of friends … and then tragedy struck. Faced with the death of her best friend, she turned to something that brought her joy: karaoke. With a half-formed plan and a need to sing, she took off on a 17,774-mile karaoke road trip through America, singing in bars, American Legions, and Eagles Lodges, experiencing the country with people who sometimes had nothing more in common than a love of cheesy 80s tunes. Along the way, she reconnected with old friends, made new ones–and healed. Each time Kris took the microphone, she shed a little more grief, stepping into a world where everyone was accepted simply for singing a song they loved.


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