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I Miss You When I Blink
I Miss You When I Blink: Essays | Mary Laura Philpott
Acclaimed essayist and bookseller Mary Laura Philpott presents a charmingly relatable and wise memoir-in-essays about what happened after she checked off all the boxes on her successful life’s to-do list and realized she might need to reinvent the list—and herself. Mary Laura Philpott thought she’d cracked the code: Always be right, and you’ll always be happy. But once she’d completed her life’s to-do list (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. She’d done everything “right,” but she felt all wrong. 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 memoir-in-essays full of spot-on observations about home, work, and creative life, Philpott takes on the conflicting pressures of modern adulthood with wit and heart. She offers up her own stories to show that identity crises don’t happen just once or only at midlife; reassures us that small, recurring personal re-inventions are both normal and necessary; and advises that if you’re going to faint, you should get low to the ground first. Most of all, Philpott shows that when you stop feeling satisfied with your life, you don’t have to burn it all down and 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, I Miss You When I Blink is the funny, poignant, and deeply affecting book you’ll want to share with all your friends, as you learn what Philpott has figured out along the way: that multiple things can be true of us at once—and that sometimes doing things wrong is the way to do life right.
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suvata
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ModernMrsDarcy.com Summer 2019 Reading List

This is a book of essays/memoirs that is not only humorous but it gave me reasons to stop for a bit and evaluate my life and behavior. I particularly enjoyed Chapter 17: Rock You Like A Hurricane and Chapter 19: A Letter to the Type A Person in Distress (I believe she was talking directly to me). So funny! I love books that make be think and/or reminisce and this one certainly did.

marleed I loved it to. I‘m aided by memoirs coming to conclusions by evaluating themselves more than the people around them who did them wrong. It helps me evaluate myself. And for this one - I am a list person! 4d
britt_brooke I really enjoyed this one. Philpott is a local author for me, which made me like it even more. 4d
suvata @marleed I am a list person too so that was part of the fun in this book. 4d
suvata @britt_brooke I am in Florida so she‘s a little North of me but, her “ Southern“ was showing. I love southern authors. 4d
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marleed
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I enjoyed this memoir via essays book because the author grows by evaluating self rather than those around her. It had a Brene Brown vibe which I loved. And if you evaluate your day by little checks against a myriad of self-made lists, this is a healthy book for you (‘er I mean me) to read.

And did I sneak a photo of mugs in a shop on the Country Club Plaza so I could coordinate with a book that was about to drop for me? Why yes I did!

PaperbackPirate So sneaky! I love it!! 😉 4d
marleed @PaperbackPirate I was trying to snap a pic of the mugs without shadows but decided sneakiness comes at a price! 4d
PaperbackPirate Lol! I‘d say it‘s a happy accident bc it makes the book pop! 4d
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Essays but also sort of memoir. Witty and fun while covering some more serious issues.

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Pam.Kokomo
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Laugh-out-loud funny and sweet by turns. Great writing and great narrating on audio.

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jillrhudy
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Mary Laura Philpott hits me and all perfectionists right in the solar plexus with her essay collection “I Miss You When I Blink” 🤗#IMissYouWhenIBlink #essays #selfhelp

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MallenNC
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This is another book I read because it‘s on the Modern Mrs Darcy summer reading list. I liked the book overall, but like most essay collections, I connected with some of them more than others.

jillrhudy This looks like a great list! 6d
MallenNC @jillrhudy I love the Modern Mrs. Darcy site, and her Summer Reading List is always fun. 6d
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MallenNC
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One of my current reads. Trading off between it and a few others but it is due back soon so it gets priority. I don‘t usually love essay collections but this one is pretty good.

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SoapboxEdits
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1. I grew up in the desert of AZ!!! 🌵
2. I love plants of all kinds and can sometimes bring the most hopeless back to life. 🌱
3. Work reading and the tagged book 📚

@saguarosally @ReadosaurusText

ReadosaurusText I am from Arizona, too! 1mo
saguarosally Yeah, me too. 🌵 1mo
SoapboxEdits Yay for AZ! 🌵 1mo
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kbuggle
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Alright, I love-loved this; if you have been on the fence about whether you should pick it up next, then you should. SHE IS A WISE LADY. Her essays are succinct, and thoughtful, and they just punched all the buttons I needed right now- I love when you pick up the right book at the right time.

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HotCocoaReads
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Some of the essays really spoke to me, some were funny—all around, this was a fun book to read. I think this will appeal more to people who are mothers

marleed I love the title - and your cat! 1mo
HotCocoaReads @marleed Thank you—I love that Poppy just happened to blink at the right time! 🤣 1mo
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Floresj
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Good collection of essays that explore the parenting/ middle age white woman experience. She‘s definitely type A, comfortable with describing her bouts with depression, and humorous. I liked it enough but wasn‘t blown away. Soft pick, strong so-so.

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razmanda
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Really enjoyable collection of essays that made me feel VERY SEEN but in a, “hey, you‘re not alone; we‘re all fundamentally broken and that‘s okay,” kind of way. I was not familiar with the author but when Samantha Irby praises it, I make it a priority. Bitches gotta read indeed.

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KathyWheeler
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I really enjoyed this collection of personal essays. Some stories, like her interpretation of her teacher‘s instructions to write a story about a lobsterman, had me laughing out loud. Other essays, such as the one about her feelings of guilt for experiencing depression when she had a good life, I liked because I related to them so much.

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Well-ReadNeck
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I began this essay collection thinking “Yes!! So relatable”. Then, this one is not so relatable, but ok. Interesting. And, finally, meh. Not so interested. I‘m not sure what it is, maybe just too much in one place. Might be better spread out over time. #24b4monday

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Rhondareads
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So excited to read this book of essays funny touching drawn from her life experiences great reviews everywhere .

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SReed151
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I really enjoyed this memoir through essays! Philpott has a great way with one-liners but she‘s a sharp and honest observer of herself and others too. Recommended!

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Lauren.Archer
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This was one of the best essay collections I have ever read. She is very relatable. This will make you smile, laugh and even ponder some things. Can‘t wait to read more from her.

KathyWheeler I just got this book. 2mo
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Megabooks
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#BFC Book 3/8

I either like to relate to essay collections or learn something from them. To me, this wasn‘t a great collection. There are no great universal truths, and I didn‘t connect with all the motherhood anecdotes. It was basically an okay memoir. I think other Littens would appreciate it more.

I finished all three books I had started, so I‘m back to square one on the #BookFitnessChallenge, but I met all my fitness goals today!! 🎉🎉🎉

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Becker
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These are memoir type essays. They are short and often funny. I loved them at the beginning but the charm is wearing off a little bit as I progress. This is surely no fault of the book but due to some short coming I have regarding humour in books. It hardly ever works for me.

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Denisereads75
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📚📱 Review 📱📚 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⁣

Mary Laura Philpott is my same age and we also have children the same age. Needless to say that I could definitely relate to her collection of essays.⁣

This is a book for anyone who finds themself feeling occasionally unsatisfied with life even though there is much to be grateful for.⁣

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NHLibrarian
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Relatable essays for women who feel like they always have to know the answers, do everything right, and get everything done. However, by the end Philpott basically says this is crap because there really are no “right” rules for living life.

“You can always start over.”
“Try it again, more like you.”

Suet624 I was thinking about you this morning. How are things? 2mo
NHLibrarian @Suet624 Not bad! I had to be two people at work the last couple of weeks while staff were on vacation, so I‘m even more behind on email 🙄. I hope you are well!! 2mo
Suet624 I‘m hanging in there! 😁 2mo
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irre
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Many relatable moments. 4⭐️

Megabooks I‘m dying to get this from the library! 3mo
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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I found this to be quite enjoyable.

Megabooks I‘m in line at the library! Happy to see a good review. 3mo
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mldkennedy
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(April 2019) I bought this at first because she has the same name as me...but I grew to really enjoy it! Funny and insightful. A great read.

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Megabooks
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Excited about this one! I hope the person ahead of me reads it quickly!

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Kristy_K
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I‘m learning that I really like memoirs in essay form, or maybe just essays in general. Philpott fills hers with relatable anecdotes and a great mixture of humor and authenticity.

⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

#netgalley #arc #memoir #essays

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Bookish_B
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Day two at the Festival of Books did not yield much in the form of books because I took my niece and we spent most of our time in the kids section BUT the two hard covers are signed by the authors and I got this awesome tote! A wonderful weekend as always! ❤️

Slajaunie I actually had an indie bookstore friend and I offered this but he never hired me. 😟 3mo
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BornReadChicago
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*Sigh* Unpopular opinion time. 🤷‍♀️ Full review link in profile ☝️ Many thanks to the publisher and @netgalley for my complimentary review copy in exchange for my honest review! http://www.bornandreadinchicago.com/2019/04/i-miss-you-when-i-blink-by-mary-laur...

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LWagoner
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Absolutely loved this book. Caught myself smiling and laughing out loud as I drove down the road listening to this audiobook. Philpott shares her story with grace, light heartedness and transparency. Planning to pick up a hard copy to keep handy.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Smart, witty personal essays are some of my favorite reading. Philpott reminds us that being an adult, even one who seemingly has everything, is hard and periodically sucks. Sometimes we have to step back and assess ourselves; tweak a few things or make drastic changes. As someone who has moved a lot, I understand that urge. I enjoyed these stories, but feel like they scratch the surface. I‘d read the hell out of a full-on memoir.

Megabooks I want my library to get this in, but I‘m getting impatient! Great review! 3mo
britt_brooke @Megabooks Thanks! Hope you get it soon. 🤞🏻 3mo
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gracemom
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Seriously, wow! A letter to the type A person in distress is A++. Mary Laura Philpott gets it, writes beautifully, and the world is better for it.

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britt_brooke
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Grabbing a few post-workout pages. 💪🏻📖 Zipping through this essay collection. Hope to finish and review it tomorrow.

#arc #nashvilleauthor

vivastory What a great essay title 😂 3mo
britt_brooke @vivastory 😆 I wish I didn‘t have to stop right there because it‘s bound to be a good story! 3mo
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gracemom
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Lobsterman is brilliant. Every essay is brilliant. This is my favorite.

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Liberty
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HOLY CATS, IT‘S AN EPIC NEW RELEASE DAY!!! Here are some of today‘s new books, plus a few out later in the week. And there‘s a whole bunch more out now, including a few I‘m really excited about but don‘t have physical copies to show you, including THE DEVOURING GRAY, WE RULE THE NIGHT, THE LAST LAST DAY OF SUMMER, STAY UP WITH HUGO BEST, THE BODY PAPERS, and THE HONEY BUS. What are you excited about? 📚❤️📚

elvinareads All these are new released books? 4mo
esurient That cover for Brute looks outstanding. 4mo
JennyM Oh.my.stars 😍 4mo
Hooked_on_books Wow, look at them all! 😍 4mo
sbains1980 Wow!! My book heart is so happy! 😍😍😍 4mo
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BekahPat
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I want to put this book on every woman‘s radar. It is a collection of essays in memoir style telling very honest and heartfelt stories from the authors life. The writing is hilarious and moving. Some of the essays were like a window into my inner thoughts and all of them made me want to march myself up to Mary Laura and tell her that she has to be my BFF. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

BekahPat “...life will surprise you. You‘ll hit dead ends & detours. There will be times when you can‘t fathom what comes next. When that happens, remember yourself as you are right now. Remember yourself as you were when you were even younger. Who were you when you weren‘t wondering who you were.” 4mo
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SReed151
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So excited to read these two from my editorial sisters (the same lovely editor acquired our books)! The one on the left is out April 2nd!

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SunriseBooks
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Waaay better than 99% of the genre. I will sell the heck out of this one.

LWagoner @SunriseBooks Just finished the Audiobook! Loved it! 3mo
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balletbookworm
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A nice, warm hug of a book comprised of Mary Laura‘s essays about what happens when you tick off all the “happiness” boxes we‘re supposed to tick (spouse, kids, house, etc) and realize that maybe you aren‘t happy and, bonus, don‘t recognize yourself anymore. These are funny, self-deprecating, honest, and occasionally very raw essays being an adult and wondering how you ever got to this “adult” part of your life and if you‘re doing it right.

balletbookworm Highly recommend for your Spring 2019 TBR (#sorrynotsorry) 9mo
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It me. 💖