Sarah’s Bookshelves Live

Hosted BySarah Dickinson

Sarah’s Bookshelves Live is a weekly show featuring real talk about books and book recommendations from a featured guest. Each week, Sarah of the blog Sarah’s Bookshelves will talk with her guest about:


I’m getting real about all things books and serving you up a bit of snark on the side.

Ep. 21: Mary Laura Philpott (Author of I Miss You When I Blink)

In Episode 21, Mary Laura Philpott (author of I Miss You When I Blink) talks about women’s identity crises, how she pitched her book to publishers, her job at Parnassus Books…and shares “women who get women” book recommendations.

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  • How long it took Mary Laura to record the audio of I Miss You When I Blink.
  • What gave Mary Laura the courage to try to publish her memoir.
  • How Mary Laura and her agent pitched I Miss You When I Blink to publishers.
  • We hatch a business idea based on a Cameron Diaz movie and Mary Laura’s book.
  • Why women have trouble openly talking about the kinds of issues Mary Laura discusses in her book.
  • How book tour has been for Mary Laura.
  • Mary Laura’s job at Parnassus Books in Nashville.
  • The classic “women who get women” book that Sarah hasn’t read yet.
  • The two beloved classics Mary Laura thought was boring…and Sarah hasn’t even read.
  • Sarah reveals the trash she read as a child.

Mary Laura’s Book Recommendations (Mostly Women Who Get Women)

Two OLD Books She Loves

Two NEW Books She Loves

One Book She Didn’t Love

Two New Releases She’s Excited About

Other Books Mentioned

Other Links

About Mary Laura

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Mary Laura Philpott is an essayist whose writing appears in publications including The New York Times, The Paris Review, The Washington Post, O The Oprah Magazine, 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 is Mary Laura’s debut memoir, written in essays. It was named to the #1 spot on the Indie Next List by booksellers nationwide, and was chosen as a best or most anticipated book of 2019 by EsquireBuzzFeedLit HubSouthern Living, Bustle, The Millions and the Chicago Review of Books. Real Simple magazine called it “the one book you should read right now.” (Get a short snippet of it in The New York Times, read a review in The Washington Post, or listen to a conversation about it on NPR.)

Mary Laura is also the author and illustrator of the book Penguins with People Problems; 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. 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.


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