Mary Laura Philpott is the author of the new memoir Bomb Shelter: Love, Time, and Other Explosives (April 2022), which was called a “masterwork” by the New York Times and a “beautifully wrought ode to life” by the Washington Post. It was also named an Editor’s Choice by the New York Times Book Review, one of the Best Books of 2022 by NPR, an Indie Next pick by booksellers nationwide, an Amazon Editor’s Choice selection, and a notable or most anticipated book by publications ranging from PEOPLE magazine to the Washington Post to the Read with Jenna community on TODAY.com, among others. She is also the author of the national bestseller I Miss You When I Blink — which was named one of NPR’s Favorite Books of 2019 and a finalist for the Southern Book Prize. Her essays examining the overlap of the absurd and the profound in everyday life have been featured by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and many other publications. Additionally, Mary Laura (yes, she goes by both names) is a former bookseller and was an Emmy-winning co-host of A Word on Words, the literary interview program on Nashville Public Television. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her family.
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Mary Laura Philpott is the nationally bestselling author of I Miss You When I Blink and the new memoir Bomb Shelter: Love, Time, and Other Explosives, which was named a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and one of NPR’s Favorite Books of 2022. Her writing has been featured by The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic, among many other publications. Mary Laura lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her family.