Mary Laura Philpott is the author of I Miss You When I Blink, the nationally bestselling memoir-in-essays. Her writing has been featured frequently by The New York Times and also appears in such outlets as The Washington Post, The Paris Review Daily, O The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, and others. Across her work, Mary Laura examines the overlap of the absurd and the profound in life, literature, and culture.
I Miss You When I Blink was named one of NPR’s Favorite Books of 2019, Esquire’s Best Nonfiction Books of the Year, and #1 on the Indie Next List by booksellers nationwide. A finalist for the Southern Book Prize, it has also been highlighted on must-read lists from Newsweek, BuzzFeed, Town & Country, theSkimm, ELLE Australia, Lit Hub, Southern Living, Bustle, The Millions, BookRiot, Garden & Gun, and the Chicago Review of Books, among others. Real Simple magazine called it “the one book you should read right now.” (Get a short snippet of it in The New York Times, listen to a conversation about it on NPR’s All Things Considered, or read the The Washington Post review in which Elisabeth Egan calls Philpott “the modern day reincarnation of my favorite authors — Nora Ephron, Erma Bombeck, Jean Kerr and Laurie Colwin — all rolled into one.”)
Additionally, Mary Laura is the author and illustrator of the book Penguins with People Problems and an Emmy-award winning co-host of A Word on Words, a literary interview show on Nashville Public Television. A “book enthusiast at large” who often interviews and profiles fellow writers, she worked as a bookseller for several years and was the founding editor of the digital magazine MUSING for Parnassus Books. She enjoys traveling around the country to speak with people about creativity, work, the ups and downs of perfectionism, reinvention, reading, and writing. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her family.