Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time

Life and Loss, One Song at a Time Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time by Rob Sheffield
My review
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is just a heart-wrenching book. It’s a book a little bit about pop culture, a little bit more about music, and a lot about, as the title says, love and loss. I’m not giving anything away by saying that the author’s wife dies at a young age, and suddenly (this information is on the cover and in the first couple of pages). He goes on to describe their relationship with mix tapes leading off each chapter. The only problem I had with the book was that occasionally, those mix tapes didn’t really have anything to do with the chapter’s topic, but that’s a small criticism. Rob Sheffield writes with wit, and an occasional overwhelming sadness, but one that we can all relate to. If you grew up in the 80s and 90s, you will totally “get” what he’s talking about. We all made mix tapes, whether it was sitting around waiting for the DJ to play a song on the radio and pressing “record,” or sifting through every tape and CD in your collection looking for just the right combination and flow of songs. He also get bonus points for taking me back to the early 90s, the era of “Studs” dating shows and the wonders of Zima. I even have Lala CDs coming by Nirvana and Pavement, to satiate my nostalgia. Overall, it was an enjoyable quick read, though I am sure some people might get annoyed with his “woe is me” tales of life after losing his most loved one.
So, obviously 1491 is temporarily on hold, since two of the books I had on hold at the library came in. Next up is Boomsday by Christopher Buckley.

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