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Every story needs a soundtrack, IMO.

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1. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz with"Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots" by The Flaming Lips

It's fantasy on fantasy. Oscar Wao's insecurities and identity issues deserve this dreamy album to be their backing band.
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It's fantasy on fantasy. Oscar Wao's insecurities and identity issues deserve this dreamy album to be their backing band.

2. Friendship by Emily Gould with"Acid Tongue" by Jenny Lewis

Emily Gould's debut novel is a messy tale about female friendship and how important it is. Jenny Lewis's cooing tones and witty ways will compliment Gould's novel perfectly. Girl Power all around.
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Emily Gould's debut novel is a messy tale about female friendship and how important it is. Jenny Lewis's cooing tones and witty ways will compliment Gould's novel perfectly. Girl Power all around.

3. Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth with"This Must Be The Place" by The Talking Heads

Alexander Portnoy's tale is one of frustration and lots and lots of jizz. It's only natural that it be paired with one of the most iconic albums of all time. But really The Talking Head's experimental, pop sound perfectly compliments the diatribes in Philip Roth's iconic novel.
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Alexander Portnoy's tale is one of frustration and lots and lots of jizz. It's only natural that it be paired with one of the most iconic albums of all time. But really The Talking Head's experimental, pop sound perfectly compliments the diatribes in Philip Roth's iconic novel.

4. Where'd You Go, Bernedette? by Maria Semple with"Begin Here" by The Zombies

Penned by the wonderful Maria Semple, Where'd You Go Bernadette combines everything you love about Lucille Bluth and the intrigue of the young adult books of today. The whip smart Bee and her elusive mother deserve the mod sound that only a band like the Zombies can provide.
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Penned by the wonderful Maria Semple, Where'd You Go Bernadette combines everything you love about Lucille Bluth and the intrigue of the young adult books of today. The whip smart Bee and her elusive mother deserve the mod sound that only a band like the Zombies can provide.

5. One More Thing by B.J. Novak with"Modern Vampires of the City" by Vampire Weekend

One word describes this post-ironic marriage: Wry. Novak's short stories, poems and essays have all the discerning wit as a tweet from Ezra Koenig. Vampire Weekend's latest album seems like it's telling more than one story. Both whip smart. Drink with an Americano or an iced green tea. Smirk and know you are superior.
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One word describes this post-ironic marriage: Wry. Novak's short stories, poems and essays have all the discerning wit as a tweet from Ezra Koenig. Vampire Weekend's latest album seems like it's telling more than one story. Both whip smart. Drink with an Americano or an iced green tea. Smirk and know you are superior.

6. Wild by Cheryl Strayed with"Post-War" by M. Ward

Cheryl Staryed's incredible, transformative, and grueling hike deserves a smoky, folk soundtrack. Strayed's struggles with being self absorbed and alienation go great with M.Ward's catchy and self-reflexive songwriting.
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Cheryl Staryed's incredible, transformative, and grueling hike deserves a smoky, folk soundtrack. Strayed's struggles with being self absorbed and alienation go great with M.Ward's catchy and self-reflexive songwriting.

7. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer with "Fleetwood Mac" by Fleetwood Mac

The Interestings is a novel about what makes us tick and why we're so fascinated by beauty, confidence, and other people's lives. Fleetwood Mac's mysterious sound will totally get in you the people watching zone and Wolitzer provides you with the perfect people to watch.
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The Interestings is a novel about what makes us tick and why we're so fascinated by beauty, confidence, and other people's lives. Fleetwood Mac's mysterious sound will totally get in you the people watching zone and Wolitzer provides you with the perfect people to watch.

8. Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood with"The Velvet Underground & Nico" by The Velvet Underground & Nico

Cat's Eye is a novel about loss, miscalculated expectations, and acceptance. The Velvet Underground & Nico write about these things, but their sound is really evocative and gives you the same feeling of nostalgia Elaine gets in the beginning of the novel. The combination is sad and warm and cozy all at once.
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Cat's Eye is a novel about loss, miscalculated expectations, and acceptance. The Velvet Underground & Nico write about these things, but their sound is really evocative and gives you the same feeling of nostalgia Elaine gets in the beginning of the novel. The combination is sad and warm and cozy all at once.

9. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald with "The Grey Album" by Danger Mouse & The Beatles

Fitzgerald's novel about boyhood and growing up transcends time. The Grey Album was a groundbreaking mash-up that did the same. It put together things that seemed like opposite, but were really sonorous as a couple. Plus, it's always fun to imagine Jay-Z rapping at a jazz age party.
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Fitzgerald's novel about boyhood and growing up transcends time. The Grey Album was a groundbreaking mash-up that did the same. It put together things that seemed like opposite, but were really sonorous as a couple. Plus, it's always fun to imagine Jay-Z rapping at a jazz age party.

10. The Bell Jar by Syliva Plath with"Lesley Gore Sings Of Mixed-Up Hearts" by Lesley Gore

Don't ever let anyone make you feel bad about loving the Bell Jar. Plath's only novel is undeniably beautiful. Loving something that's good doesn't make it over romanticized or overrated. Lesley Gore's gushing pop ballad's are the an empowering boost to the Bell Jar. Growing up is hard. Find solidarity with these ladies.
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Don't ever let anyone make you feel bad about loving the Bell Jar. Plath's only novel is undeniably beautiful. Loving something that's good doesn't make it over romanticized or overrated. Lesley Gore's gushing pop ballad's are the an empowering boost to the Bell Jar. Growing up is hard. Find solidarity with these ladies.

11. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen with"Body Talk" by Robyn

Fanny Price is such an underrated Jane Austen character. She doesn't reflect on infidelity as if it's something that's her fault, she takes it upon herself to transcend the BS and indifference that resulted. Robyn's emotional breakdowns and defiance that all take place over the course of one album remind me of Fanny Price. Call your girlfriend, Thomas Bertram.
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Fanny Price is such an underrated Jane Austen character. She doesn't reflect on infidelity as if it's something that's her fault, she takes it upon herself to transcend the BS and indifference that resulted. Robyn's emotional breakdowns and defiance that all take place over the course of one album remind me of Fanny Price. Call your girlfriend, Thomas Bertram.

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