Mary Laura Philpott at Miami Book Fair with Kimberly Williams-Paisley on Bomb Shelter

Join us from home for literary conversation!
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Wednesday, April 20, 2022 - 8:00pm
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Northshire Bookstore is proud to partner with the Miami Book Fair to present a Zoom evening with Mary Laura Philpott, author of I Miss You When I Blink. She will be joined by actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley to discuss her poignant and powerful new memoir Bomb Shelter: Love, Time, and Other Explosives which tackles the big questions of life, death, and existential fear with humor and hope.



     From the bestselling author of I Miss You When I Blink and a “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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Bomb Shelter: Love, Time, and Other Explosives Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982160784
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Published: Atria Books - April 12th, 2022

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