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Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King Street, Charleston, SC
Thursday, May 30, 2019, 6 – 7:30pm

“It’s a book party! Tell your friends, come grab a drink, and enjoy a fun literary evening at Blue Bicycle Books, where Mary Laura Philpott will sign and discuss her new memoir-in-essays, I Miss You When I Blink — in conversation with Amanda Heckert of Garden & Gun Magazine.

About the book:
Mary Laura Philpott thought she’d cracked the code: Always be right, and you’ll always be happy. But once she’d reached her goals (job, spouse, house, babies—check!), she found that instead of feeling content and successful, she felt anxious. Lost. Stuck in a daily grind of overflowing calendars, grueling small talk, and sprawling traffic.

What’s the worse failure, she wondered: smiling and staying the course, or blowing it all up and running away? And are those the only options?

In this disarmingly witty and moving essay collection full of spot-on observations, Philpott takes on the conflicting pressures of modern adulthood. She offers up her own stories to show that identity crises don’t happen just once or only at midlife and stresses that when you stop feeling satisfied, you don’t have to burn your life down or set off on a transcontinental hike (unless you want to, of course). You can call upon your many selves to figure out who you are, who you’re not, and where you belong. Who among us isn’t trying to do that?

Like a pep talk from a sister, this funny, poignant, and deeply affecting book affirms that multiple things can be true of us at once—and that sometimes doing things wrong is the way to do life right.

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. 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 Esquire, BuzzFeed, Newsweek, ELLE Australia, Southern Living, and Bustle. Real Simple magazine called it “the one book you should read right now.”

According to Garden & Gun: “This delightfully personal but relatable collection of essays-as-memoir puts Philpott in league with Elizabeth Gilbert, Nora Ephron, and Cheryl Strayed.” (In a blurb for the back cover, Gilbert herself wrote, “Mary Laura Philpott is a writer, artist, and creator of singular spark and delight. By offering these dispatches from her own life experience, she leaves us thinking about ourselves — where we’ve been, where we’re going, and who we really want to be.”)”

Event Type: Book Signing/Reading