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Mary Laura Philpott

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Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2019 by BuzzFeedThe MillionsBustleHelloGiggles, and Lit Hub, the debut collection by acclaimed essayist and Davidson graduate Mary Laura Philpott asks: What happens after you check off all the boxes on your to-do list and realize you might need to reinvent the list—and yourself?

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Mary Laura is the author and illustrator of a humor book called Penguins with People Problems; a writer whose work appears in publications including The New York Times, The Paris Review, The Washington Post, O The Oprah Magazine, and others; the founding editor of MUSING, the digital magazine published by Parnassus Books; and an Emmy-award winning co-host of A Word on Words, a literary interview show on Nashville Public Television. 

Her new essay collection, I Miss You When I Blink, is full of spot-on observations about home, work, and creative life, Philpott takes on the conflicting pressures of modern adulthood with wit and heart. She offers up her own stories to show that identity crises don’t happen just once or only at midlife; reassures us that small, recurring personal re-inventions are both normal and necessary; and advises that if you’re going to faint, you should get low to the ground first. Most of all, Philpott shows that when you stop feeling satisfied with your life, you don’t have to burn it all 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?

Main Street Books is excited to welcome Mary Laura back to the place she called home for four years, particularly to celebrate the profound achievement that is I Miss You When I Blink.

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