Love is A Mix Tape


Author: Rob Sheffield

Title: Love is a Mix Tape

Genre: Non Fiction/Memoir

Publication Date: 2007

Number of Pages: 224

Geographical Setting: Charlottesville

Time Period: 1990s

Plot Summary: Rob Sheffield is a tall, geeky, quiet rock critic from Boston; Rene is a loud, short, punk-rock Appalachian. They have nothing in common but music. In this memoir, Sheffield uses mix tapes that he and Rene made for each other to recount their courtship, marriage—and her eventual sudden death from a blood clot. But it is those same songs they loved that allow him to heal.

Subject Headings: Journalists, Music Critics, memoir, popular music,

Appeal: leisurely-paced, bittersweet, heartwarming, nostalgic, candid, witty, intimate, moving, conversational, inspirational, character-centered,humorous

3 appeal terms that best describe this book: bittersweet, nostalgic, candid

Similar Authors and Works (why are they similar?):

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

Almond, Steve. Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life. A memoir about a rock critic, and how music eventually connects him with the love of his life.

Bangs, Lester. Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung: The Work of a Legendary Critic. Rob’s a rock critic, and there’s no better rock critic than Bangs, who like Sheffield believes in the power of music to change people.

Bitner, Jason (ed). Cassettes from My Ex: Stories and Soundtracks of Lost Loves. A collection of essays from various authors sharing stories of mix tapes from former lovers.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

Cohn, Rachel and David Levithan. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Nick and Norah meet, and seem to have little in common, except for a mutual love in music. Over the course of one night, they fall in love to a mix-tape soundtrack.

Hornby, Nick. High Fidelity. Rob Fleming is a British record store owner; after his girlfriend leaves him, he re-evaluates his life. Both Robs are obsessed with music and use it to make sense of their worlds.

Meno, Joe. Hairstyles of the Damned. Brian, a quiet, awkward boy is secretly in love with Gretchen, his loud, punk-rock best friend.

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