Bomb Shelter: Love, Time, and Other Explosives
Publication: April 12th 2022 by Atria Books
Genre: Memoir, Essays, Nonfiction
Taken from Goodreads: From the bestselling author of I Miss You When I Blink and “writer of singular spark and delight” (Elizabeth Gilbert, #1 New York Times bestselling author) comes a poignant and powerful new memoir that tackles the big questions of life, death, and existential fear with humor and hope.
A lifelong worrier, Philpott always kept an eye out for danger, a habit that only intensified when she became a parent. But she looked on the bright side, too, believing that as long as she cared enough, she could keep her loved ones safe.
Then, in the dark of one quiet, pre-dawn morning, she woke abruptly to a terrible sound—and found her teenage son unconscious on the floor. In the aftermath of a crisis that darkened her signature sunny spirit, she wondered: If this happened, what else could happen? And how do any of us keep going when we can’t know for sure what’s coming next?
Leave it to the writer whose critically acclaimed debut had us “laughing and crying on the same page” (NPR) to illuminate what it means to move through life with a soul made of equal parts anxiety and optimism (and while she’s at it, to ponder the mysteries of backyard turtles and the challenges of spatchcocking a turkey).
Hailed by The Washington Post as “Nora Ephron, Erma Bombeck, Jean Kerr, and Laurie Colwin all rolled into one,” Philpott returns in her distinctive voice to explore our protective instincts, the ways we continue to grow up long after we’re grown, and the limits—both tragic and hilarious—of the human body and mind.
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Meet Mary Laura Philpott (Taken from her website): Mary Laura Philpott is the author of the national bestseller I Miss You When I Blink — which was named one of NPR’s Favorite Books of 2019, a Best Book of the Year by Esquire and Real Simple, a finalist for the Southern Book Prize, and #1 on the Indie Next List by booksellers nationwide. Her writing has been featured frequently by The New York Times and also appears in The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Paris Review Daily, The Oprah Magazine, and other publications. Additionally, Mary Laura is a former bookseller and was for several years a co-host of A Word on Words, the literary interview program on Nashville Public Television. Her next book, the memoir Bomb Shelter, will be published in April 2022. Mary Laura lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her family.