I Miss You When I Blink

I Miss You When I Blink


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"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 ... In this memoir-in-essays full of ... observations about home, work, and creative life, Philpott takes on the conflicting pressures of modern adulthood, ... [offering] up her own stories to show that identity crises don't happen just once or only at midlife; [reassuring] us that small, recurring personal re-inventions are both normal and necessary; and [advising] that if you're going to faint, you should get low to the ground first"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2019
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781982102807
Characteristics: xii, 276 pages ; 22 cm
Call Number: B PHILPOTT, M


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DCLadults Jan 25, 2017

Essays on topics like motherhood and struggling with perfectionism. Philpott takes on the conflicting pressures of modern adulthood with wit and heart.

List - 2019 Summer Reads
DCLadults Jun 14, 2019

Short story collections are made for summer reading. You can pick up a story, take a quick dip in the pool, and then start reading the next one. This collection of personal, witty and heartfelt stories is beautiful.

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Sep 01, 2019

A word of advice to those who set out to read this book: Consume it in moderate doses, a few essays at a time, then set it aside for a while before returning to it again, in several servings. My enjoyment of it was less than I expected and I think the fault was mine. It's like an entire meal where every course is another version of the same thing; even the famed Chinese meal of 12 courses all featuring Peking Duck can be overkill. A collection of essays like this would have been better sipped and sampled.
Philpott certainly hits all the right notes: insightful, self-deprecating, intensely personal, droll, worldly-wise. And for a reader like myself (Type-A driven, verging on compulsive perfectionist) every note rings true and relevant.

Aug 17, 2019

Picked this up thinking it was a novel. Was surprised it was a memoir and having no background really on Mary Laura Philpott I wasn't sure if I was going to read it. I picked it up one day to read a few chapters and decide if I would want to read the entire thing. Well I found it engaging right off the bat. It was such a brutal honest look at everyday life experiences. I related to so much of it and found it funny and bittersweet. So glad I opened it up and started reading!


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