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"The Exes in my Ipod: A Playlist of the Men Who Rocked me to Wine Country," by Lisa Mattson. Also in iPod e-book edition with finger-tap access to each song. CreateSpace.

There is absolutely nothing as effective as music to inspire our memories and the emotions attached to them.

Mattson, the communications director at Jordan Vineyard and Winery in Healdsburg, has written a highly relatable novel framed around the conceit of a young woman's personal playlist of love.

The carefully selected mix allows Harley Aberle to revisit her "boyfriend blunders," or at least the 13 most significant ones, in a therapeutic journey through her young adult life.

Each ex offers life lessons as she learns the difference between sex and love and the power of self-respect, and grows from redneck waitress to wine maven.

— Meg McConahey

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