The latest:

Screen Shot 2022-04-04 at 7.49.00 AMThe Washington Post: An excerpt from Bomb Shelter, depicting the before-and-after moment when a mother finds her son unconscious and calls for help. After a close call comes within a breath of taking what we love the most, can we ever be the same — or is everything changed?
The Night Time Stopped


Screen Shot 2022-03-21 at 7.42.06 AMThe Atlantic: An adapted excerpt from Bomb Shelter, telling a surprising story and contemplating the fact that while we can’t protect our loved ones forever, love is never futile. “The extraordinary doesn’t wipe out the ordinary. People get married in wartime. Babies are born during pandemics. My mom drew water for my bath and flung wet clothes into the dryer and taught me to tie my shoes while my father did test runs for the end of the world.” The Most Haunting Truth of Parenthood


D5529BC7-7F06-4FF5-AA49-7E8D746E3C04PARADE Profile: Dolly Parton & James Patterson A conversation with a pair of legends, both at the top of their game. “What’s clear from their camaraderie is that something even bigger than a book with its own soundtrack has emerged from their collaboration: a genuine friendship. While they may be mismatched in height and glamour (no offense at all to Patterson, but who could possibly sparkle at comparable wattage to Dolly Parton?), these two highly uncommon figures have found they have a great deal in common.”


Screen Shot 2021-05-18 at 3.03.22 PMThe Washington Post: On graduations, vaccinations, publications… and the exhilarating, heartbreaking forward march of time. “So much of life — creating, parenting, aging — is getting used to one phase just in time for it to end, then stumbling forward to the next one. A new stage may feel exciting at the same time it feels unsteady. Like flying, but also like falling. Like exposure. But when it’s time, it’s time. You can’t go back.”
— As the World Opens Up, It’s Tough to Let Go



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Essays & More

The New York Times
For Those We Can’t Always Protect
This Togetherness Is Temporary
I’m So Excited for 40th Grade
The Great Fortune of Ordinary Sadness
To the Type-A Person Having a Meltdown
Hard Knock Life: What Are The Turtles Telling Me?
Shopping for a Car — And a Teenager’s Future
My Adventures in Accountability
Sing, O Muse, of the Mall of America
Wishing Away the Wish List 
The Power of Place
How to See More Of Your Best Friends? Move Away
When the Honeymoon Is Over: Settling Into Real Life
In Praise of Name Tags
“Hookup Line”
And Then the Dog Died
Finding Friends in a New Town
Telling the Kids: We’re Moving
Rekindling a Love for Dinner

The Washington Post
In Search of Lost Time
This Novel Has a Cat Narrator — And It Had Me at Meow
Look to the Lessons of Theater Kids
Learning From Our Mistakes
Teaching Girls to Save Their Own Lives
This Shop’s Walls Can Talk (In 140 Characters)

The Atlantic
Face Hunger: What We Miss When We’re Masked

Real Simple
Writer Mary Laura Philpott Knows When To Quit
White Lies

The Paris Review
The Case for Seasonal Sentimentality

Lit Hub
Why, Exactly, Do We Have Subtitles on Books?
Surviving the Ordinary: Why We Need Memoirs of Regular Lives
Stealing Stories, Book Tours, and Staying Off Twitter
Girl Scout Heart, Henry Miller Mind

Garden & Gun Magazine
Soda Shop Time Machine
Southern Women: Lee Smith, Storyteller
Expand Your Southern Canon

The Los Angeles Times
It’s Not the Celebrities You Mourn For

Interview: Dolly Parton and James Patterson
Why Writer Mary Laura Philpott Is Ditching Her Stilettos (And Why She Ever Wore Them in the First Place)

Wearing Someone Else’s Scrubs: The Comfortable Cotton of the Road Not Taken

Stay With Me Explores How Infertility and Loss Can Test a Marriage

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
Literary Pet Names Using Puns Unworthy of Their Namesakes
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A Usage Guide to Timely Phrases Beginning With “As” and Their Lowercase Abbreviations

Philpott often interviews fellow writers — from the latest up-and-coming novelists to celebrity authors such as Sally Field — both live onstage and in a variety of publications. She also profiled authors regularly for six years as founding editor of Musing, the digital magazine of Nashville’s legendary independent bookstore, Parnassus Books.

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A few samples…

George Saunders
Meg Wolitzer
Emily St. John Mandel
David Sedaris
Anna Quindlen
Lily King
Emma Straub
Matthew Thomas
Deborah Harkness
Sally Mann
Elizabeth Strout
Ann Patchett
Colson Whitehead
Yaa Gyasi
Garth Risk Hallberg
Jessica Knoll
Jennifer Haigh
Elizabeth Gilbert
Ruth Reichl
Jane Smiley
Richard Russo
Melissa Ann Pinney
Jill Alexander Essbaum
Megan Mayhew Bergman
Nigel Barker
Joshua Ferris
David Arnold
Renée Watson

Paula Hawkins
M.O. Walsh
Mary Norris
Angela Flournoy
Paula McLain
Tim Johnston
Steve Almond
Gayle Forman
Joy the Baker
Andrew Maraniss
Ann Powers
Chuck Klosterman
Jonathan Miles
R.O. Kwon
Michiko Kakutani
Brit Bennett
Michael Chabon
Ayobami Adebayo
Kimberly Williams-Paisley
Megan Abbott
Brad Watson
Rick Riordan
Glennon Doyle Melton
Garth Stein
Grace Helbig
Scott Turow
Mallory Ortberg
Megan Amram
Sharon Draper
Jodi Picoult
Martina McBride
Jonathan Tropper

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (with Connie Britton)
Seth Casteel

Kim Teter
Tony Earley
Jon Skieszka
Hampton Sides
Edan Lepucki
Anton DiSclafani
Jojo Moyes
Smith Henderson
Tracy Barrett
Willie Geist
Elizabeth McCracken
Michael Pollan
JT Ellison
Jeff Kinney
Sue Monk Kidd
Karen Joy Fowler
Meg Wolitzer
Claire Cameron
Matthew Quick