Parnassus Books is thrilled to welcome Mary Laura Philpott at the launch party for her memoir-in-essays, I Miss You When I Blink.
Mary Laura Philpott thought she’d cracked the code: Always be right, and you’ll always be happy. But once she’d reached her goals (job, spouse, house, babies—check!), she found that instead of feeling content and successful, she felt anxious. Lost. Stuck in a daily grind of overflowing calendars, grueling small talk, and sprawling traffic.
What’s the worse failure, she wondered: smiling and staying the course, or blowing it all up and running away? And are those the only options?
In this disarmingly witty and moving essay collection full of spot-on observations, Philpott takes on the conflicting pressures of modern adulthood. She offers up her own stories to show that identity crises don’t happen just once or only at midlife and stresses that when you stop feeling satisfied, you don’t have to burn your life down and set off on a transcontinental hike (unless you want to, of course). You can call upon your many selves to figure out who you are, who you’re not, and where you belong. Who among us isn’t trying to do that?
Like a pep talk from a sister, this funny, poignant, and deeply affecting book affirms that multiple things can be true of us at once—and that sometimes doing things wrong is the way to do life right.
Mary Laura Philpott writes essays that examine the overlap of the profound and the absurd in culture, literature, and everyday life. Her work has been featured frequently by The New York Times, and she has also written for publications such as The Washington Post, The Paris Review, and O, The Oprah Magazine. She produces the digital magazine Musing for Nashville’s indie bookstore and literary powerhouse Parnassus Books, and she’s also the Emmy-winning host of Nashville Public Television’s A Word on Words.
Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2019 by BuzzFeed, Lit Hub, The Millions, HelloGiggles, and Bustle, and one of Southern Living’s Best New Books of Spring 2019
“Mary Laura Philpott is a writer, artist, and creator of singular spark and delight. I adore her, and I love her work. Thank God she has finally written a memoir!”
— Elizabeth Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love and Big Magic
“Relentlessly funny, self-effacing, and charming… I Miss You When I Blink made me laugh, it made me cry. I miss it already.”
— Ann Patchett, New York Times bestselling author of This Is the Story of Happy Marriage and Commonwealth
“At once rueful, hilarious, brave, and inspiring… this marvelous collection of essays belongs on the bookshelf sandwiched between Anne Lamott and Nora Ephron.”
— Dani Shapiro, New York Times bestselling author of Hourglass and Inheritance
“What I love most about Mary Laura Philpott and her wonderful book is that she—self-proclaimed type A, obsessive achiever—gives herself permission to change.”
— Emma Straub, New York Times bestselling author of The Vacationers and Modern Lovers
“What a treat to spend time with her distinctive voice as she plumbs life’s quotidian moments to unearth deeper, universal truths. Wry, intelligent, and searingly honest, this book is a joy.”
— Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, New York Times bestselling author of The Nest
“I was alternately laughing out loud and gasp-sighing at its poignancy. This book is totally irresistible!” — Edan Lepucki, author of California and Woman No. 17
“It feels like we are sitting at a table together and having the best conversation about all the things that truly matter.” – Claire Cameron, author of The Last Neanderthal
“Infinitely relatable. Beautifully written. I’m ready to read it again.”
– Jenny Lawson, New York Times bestselling author of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened and Furiously Happy