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February 6, 2015

Book Notes - Angelina Mirabella "The Sweetheart"

The Sweetheart

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book.

Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Kevin Brockmeier, George Pelecanos, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Jesmyn Ward, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others.

Angelina Mirabella's debut novel The Sweetheart is an engaging coming-of-age story set in the world of 1950s professional wrestling.

Kirkus wrote of the book:

"Debut novelist Mirabella delivers a powerful blow with her coming-of-age story set in the world of women's professional wrestling in 1953. Leonie Putzkammer is a 17-year-old who's primed to reinvent herself...The novel is bursting with colorful characters who are far more complex than the heels and faces they portray in the theater of professional wrestling. A powerful tale of a person's capacity for reinvention."

Stream a playlist of these songs at Spotify.

In her own words, here is Angelina Mirabella's Book Notes music playlist for her debut novel The Sweetheart:

A Soundtrack for Kicking Ass

1. "Hound Dog" by Big Mama Thornton
This list needs at least one song from the era of Gwen Davies and Screaming Mimi Hollander, the ass-kickers in my novel, The Sweetheart. Elvis might have been the king, but Thornton owns this song. Perfect for when you need to put down the dirty dog in your life.

2. "Bad Reputation" by Joan Jett
This song (not to mention its performer) is badass in its own right, but knowing that it serves as the walkout music for UFC Women's Bantamweight "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey will have you channeling your inner champion.

3. "Rebel Girl" by Bikini Kill
A classic from the era of the riot grrrl. Sure to put the revolution in your walk.

4. "Get Ur Freak On" by Missy Elliott
Just the song to play when you need to last twenty rounds. Ain't no stoppin' you/Copywritten so don't copy you.

5. "Heads Will Roll" by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
When there's nothing left to do but take off their heads.

6. "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper
This 80s anthem to women's inalienable right to a good time might seem like a cliched choice, but it has a direct connection to the world of professional wrestling. Cyndi Lauper was half of the Rock 'n' Wrestling Connection; the other half, Wendi Richter, used the song as her walkout music.

7. "Just A Girl" by No Doubt
Because you are anything but. Just the right tune for when you've had it up to here.

8. "Dog Days Are Over" by Florence & the Machine
I couldn't resist including a song from my running playlist that always gives me some juice, usually when I need it most. When the chorus comes on, I take it literally and do as instructed.

9. "You've Got Time" by Regina Spektor
When you have to be tough enough for the prison yard.

10. "Win Again" by Nicki Minaj
For all you monsters with ambition. They better move out your way/You are not here to play.

Angelina Mirabella and The Sweetheart links:

Fort Worth Star-Telegram review
Kirkus review
Tampa Tribune review

Publishers Weekly essay by the author
Riffle interview with the author

also at Largehearted Boy:

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Book Notes (2012 - 2014) (authors create music playlists for their book)
Book Notes (2005 - 2011) (authors create music playlists for their book)
my 11 favorite Book Notes playlist essays

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