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Life and Love Heard Through the Mix Tape

'Love Is a Mix Tape' is the love story of writer Rob Sheffield and his wife, Renee, from the time they met in 1989 to her sudden death from a pulmonary embolism in 1997.
'Love Is a Mix Tape' is the love story of writer Rob Sheffield and his wife, Renee, from the time they met in 1989 to her sudden death from a pulmonary embolism in 1997.

A good mix tape is like a little chunk of history you can hold in your hand. It's a plastic time capsule, a memorial to who you were and what you were thinking when you wrote out that hand-lettered playlist.

For writer Rob Sheffield, those tapes are a way to keep alive the memory of his wife, Renee. She died unexpectedly of a pulmonary embolism.

His new book Love is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time, tells the story of their relationship in 15 beat-up, old cassettes.

Sheffield is a contributing editor at Rolling Stonemagazine.

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