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Love is a mix tape : life and loss, one song at a time
Rob Sheffield
Adult Nonfiction ML423.S537 A3 2007

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Music critic Sheffield's touching and poignant memoir of love and death will strike a chord in anyone who has used a hand-selected set of songs to try to express something that can't be put into words. A socially awkward adolescent, Sheffield finds true love as a college student in the late '80s with Renee, a "hell-raising Appalachian punk-rock girl." They're brought together by their love of music, get married and spend eight years together before Renee suddenly dies of a pulmonary embolism. Sheffield's delivery is not that of the typical actor/ reader. We come to know Rob as this geeky, lanky guy, and his reading is characteristically a little bit uncoordinated, yet it is tender and heartfelt enough to win us over. Each chapter opens with a song list from a mix tape made at the time. Listeners may wish that, as with Nick Hornby's essay collection Songbook, there had been an audio component that would allow the music to take us back or would introduce us to new songs that helped Sheffield press on into an uncertain but hopeful future. Simultaneous release with the Crown hardcover (Reviews, Dec. 18). (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

A good Catholic boy from Boston, now a rock critic with Rolling Stone, Sheffield explains how music became the tie that bound him to his Southern Baptist wife until her death five years after their marriage. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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