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Bomb shelter : love, time, and other explosives / Mary Laura Philpott.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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Ada Public Library 921 PHI (Text) 33500013592746 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781982160784
  • ISBN: 1982160780
  • Physical Description: x, 274 pages ; 22 cm.
  • Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2022.

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
Shadows -- Hello from upside down -- Hurry, hurry -- Firestarter -- Pinwheel -- Turtles, turtles, turtles -- One might wonder -- Everybody has something -- Do you hear the people sing? -- Calm yourself -- Seriously -- To the woman screaming on the quad -- The six stages of finding out you have high cholesterol -- The swing -- Fragments -- Bomb shelter -- Tough girl -- Worst-case scenario -- Rescue practice -- Homesick and spinning -- The great fortune of ordinary sadness -- Close calls -- The opposite of a daydream -- Home again, home again -- Spatchcock this -- Investment pieces -- Face hunger -- In memory of turtles lost -- I would like to report an attack upon my soul -- Another box, another Christmas -- Stay.
Summary, etc.:
"A poignant and powerful new memoir-in-essays that tackles the big questions of life, death, and existential fear with humor and hope"-- Provided by publisher.
A lifelong worrier, Philpott also learned to look on the bright side, too, believing that as long as she cared enough, she could keep her loved ones safe. In the aftermath of a crisis that darkened her signature sunny spirit, she wondered: How do any of us keep going when we can't know for sure what's coming next? Here she illuminates what it means to move through life with a soul made of equal parts anxiety and optimism, exploring the limits-- both tragic and hilarious-- of the human body and mind. -- adapted from jacket

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 March #1
    "All I want to do is take care of everyone I love," laments Philpott in a moment of profound crisis. Stuck in an airport during a blizzard, desperate to return to her husband and children for Christmas, shell-shocked after her father's emergency triple-bypass surgery, and reeling from her teenage son's recent epilepsy diagnosis, all illusions of safety and control slip away. "Nobody," she concludes, "can ever get everyone they love under their wing." Like her critically acclaimed I Miss You When I Blink (2019), Philpott's latest is a memoir of beautifully written, loosely linked essays in which she frankly and often humorously details the pitfalls of her anxiety. The fragility of life overwhelms her, but she pushes back on those who ridicule overprotective parents and compulsive worriers, pointing out that nobody survives without some amount of care and protection. She asks, "Did someone, somewhere, at least for a little while, worry about you too?" Philpott's eloquent investigation of parenting and family offers pleasure and comfort to anyone who has ever worried about someone they love. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Mary Laura Philpott, nationally bestselling author of I Miss You When I Blink and Bomb Shelter, writes essays and memoirs that examine the overlap of the absurd and the profound in everyday life. Her writing has been featured by The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic, among many other publications. A former bookseller, she also hosted an interview program on Nashville Public Television for several years. Mary Laura lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her family.

Subject: Philpott, Mary Laura.
Middle-aged women > United States > Biography.
Women authors, American > Biography.
Conduct of life.
Women > Humor.
Conduct of life.
Middle-aged women.
Women authors, American.
United States.
Genre: Autobiography

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