The Exes in My iPod: A Playlist of the Men Who Rocked Me to Wine Country

The Exes in My iPod: A Playlist of the Men Who Rocked Me to Wine Country

by Lisa M. Mattson


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"It's the Eat, Pray, Love of the wine world." -- Wine Enthusiast magazine

When Harley Aberle got her first iPod, she created the kind of playlist every girl wants to keep on solitary lockdown. She called it The Exes-a collection of long-lost songs that instantly steamrolled her down a memory lane of men wider than a six-lane freeway.

The Exes in My iPod: A Playlist of the Men Who Rocked Me to Wine Country is a no-holds-barred account of Harley's quest to win the hearts of a motley crew of men during her twenties-that golden decade of poor judgment where college, career, alcohol and romance run a crash course. With a musical time capsule of "lucky 13" songs, Harley takes you on a rockin' journey through laugh-out-loud heartaches and headaches, as this redneck waitress from a long line of alcoholics searches for true love and her calling in life-finding both in California wine country. Grab some earbuds, pour a glass of wine and kick back with an amusing e-book that will inspire you to create your own Exes playlist and discover the hidden beauty of all that baggage.

"Like a great wine or memorable song, this deliciously funny and heartwarming tale brings joy to your soul and a smile to your face. Enjoy the read with headphones on and glass in hand."
- Leslie Sbrocco, author of Wine for Women and host of Check, Please! Bay Area

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781490959863
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/22/2013
Pages: 346
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

With a bachelor's degree in communications and a master's in heartache, Lisa Mattson's fate to author this book was sealed in elementary school when a snowball fight landed her first boyfriend in the hospital. He dumped her the following day.

Raised in rural Kansas, Mattson's childhood was filled with cheap beer and fried chicken-an ideal foundation for a career promoting prestige wineries. Many nights spent raccoon hunting also prepared Mattson for her first journalism job
writing obituaries for a daily newspaper. She
escaped to Florida during college, where she chased boys and caught rays while waiting tables.
Not long after taking her first wine class at Florida
International University, Mattson was sipping Malbecs and editing stories for a wine magazine.

Twenty years and 50 ex-boyfriends later, Lisa Mattson is considered a thought leader in content marketing of luxury wines, juggling the roles of strategist, publicist, writer, videographer and photographer. Taking the not-so-straight-or-narrow road to finding her dream job and her dream guy was the most fulfilling-and humbling- journey of her life. The Exes in My iPod: A Playlist of the Men Who Rocked Me to Wine Country is her first novel.

She resides in Sonoma County wine country with her husband, their Italian greyhound and a dwindling wine cellar.

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The Exes in My iPod: A Playlist of the Men Who Rocked Me to Wine Country 1.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Decent concept, but this book is junk This is the story of a young woman in a small town who sets out on a path of self-discovery, and chronicles 13 failed relationships along the way, reflecting upon each of them with a song that reminds her about the experience. The plot sounds good. Too bad the book is awful. First of all, I have read some other books that have a somewhat similar concept, like Rob Sheffield’s Love is a Mix Tape, and I feel like this author totally ripped off parts of his book. Second, the author tries too hard to be sassy and witty, but the jokes fall flat and they are too long winded that by the time you get to her point or punchline, you’ve forgotten what it was she was trying to say. Also, the repeated mistakes Harley makes with each of these men are all really redundant…she makes the same dumb choices over and over again from chapter to chapter and I felt like I really could have settled for reading about just 2 or 3 of these guys instead of 13 because they all start to sound the same. This book was exasperating to get through and I would not recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was challenging to get through, mainly because I was bored after the second chapter. I found the material really repetitive, making it almost impossible for me to want to finish and while the potential for a good story was there, it never really got off the ground. The character Harley seems to have the same version of a different relationship in every chapter, using outdated clichés and way too many movie references in attempt to make things humorous. I would not recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book shares the life’s journey of love seen through the eyes and heart of a young insecure girl who suffers from low self esteem. Harley Aberle is determined to be the first one in her family to graduate from college. She has set some high goals for herself but often loses focus due to seeking love in all the wrong men. Harley assigns a song to each failed relationship which reminds her of the life lesson she learned during their association. For me, this book was long and tedious. Throughout the first part of the book Harley keeps making the same choices over and over. It did take on some substance when she finally developed a backbone and started showing some moral responsibilities. I think the story would have been so much better if her relationships would have been cut in half, making each of the ones she experienced truly meaningful…. but alas to each it’s own! Stephanie Lasley, from The Kindle Book Review  The Kindle Book Review received a free copy of this book for an independent, fair, and honest review. We are not associated with the author or Amazon.