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Bomb Shelter
Bomb Shelter: Love, Time, and Other Explosives | Mary Laura Philpott
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From the bestselling author of I Miss You When I Blink and writer of singular spark and delight (Elizabeth Gilbert, #1 New York Times bestselling author) comes a poignant and powerful new memoir-in-essays 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 cant know for sure whats 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 shes 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 were grown, and the limitsboth tragic and hilariousof the human body and mind.
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bookishdawg
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“There will always be bombs, and we will never be able to save everyone we care about. To know that and to try anyway is to be fully alive.” ❤️

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Amiable
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Literally the story of my life. 😖😬

Buchbeeg Ugh! Same! 2mo
Leftcoastzen So relatable! 2mo
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Victoriahoperose
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I‘m not quite sure what I expected with this book, but it took me completely by surprise. The writing just flowed so well and the author is funny and genuine and so relatable. I loved her stories about her life and children and what it means to be a parent and alive in general. This isn‘t an action packed book, but I couldn‘t put it down and it has a message in it that I think is something that everyone needs to hear.

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Graciouswarriorprincess
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My July #bookly reading report. I read 21 books this month.

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Graciouswarriorprincess
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There is loss inherently built into every single thing we love. We deal with it—some days better than others. This book is about all the ways we deal with that, in a vivid kaleidoscope.

I laughed. I cried. I nodded. I highlighted so many things in this book.

Book 83/150.

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MallenNC
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I read this author‘s previous essay collection and liked it fine, but didn‘t really connect with it. This one was great! I related so much to her anxiety and worry for her family and other life concerns. She does a good job connecting the different essays, making the reader care with a dash of humor.

This is my #DoubleSpin for July.

britt_brooke Loved this one! I enjoy her IG very much. She seems so friendly. 💚 3mo
Christine I enjoyed this one more than the first, too! 3mo
MallenNC @britt_brooke I will have to look for her on IG! After reading this, I definitely imagine we could be friends, though she and I might feed each other's anxieties. 3mo
MallenNC @Christine Good! I can't really decide what the difference was between the two but this one was a great fit for me. I almost didn't read it because I was “just ok“ with the previous one, but I'm so glad I did. 3mo
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MaureenMc
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My June reads. Tagged was my only 5-star read, but overall, another good month.

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Kristin_Reads
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🎧 6-28-22 || Love this one just as much as I Miss You When I Blink! Especially loved listening to the author narrate it. Laughed out loud and also got teary many times.

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Wife
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Mehso-so

Not terrible, but honestly, the only essays that held my interest were about her son‘s epilepsy diagnosis. 2/5🐢s

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Floresj
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Essays about family that are observant, funny, sad, and thoughtful. Philpott‘s children are slightly older than mine, so that could be why I felt that this memoir of parenting was so relatable and enjoyable. Perfect phrasing of conflicting emotions in various stages of parenting. This one was the right book at the right time for me.

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suvata
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I loved is a memoir. Sometimes it had me in tears both from laughing and from crying. It is the story of family, love, and letting go.

“Bomb Shelter is a gorgeous, gut-wrenching memoir that drew me in immediately. Mary Laura Philpott puts words to the human condition in a life-affirming, joyful, and surprisingly funny way — even as she leaves readers in tears. I‘m blown away.”
Lori Gottlieb, author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

Allylu I‘m reading this now - a little each day - and I love it, too. 4mo
suvata @Allylu It was in the ModernMrsDarcy.com summer reading guide. I‘m so glad it was or I may not have run across it. 4mo
Allylu @suvata That‘s where I found it, too!! 4mo
AvidReader25 I love her reading guide!!! 4mo
suvata @AvidReader25 I am a big fan of Anne too. 4mo
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peaknit
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I love the theory of a quiet room to go have a breakdown in, a “crying room” at the airport. But why stop there, I‘d like one at the office as well.

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peaknit
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Getting back to some work from home lunch reading just in time for summer!!

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jdiehr
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I recently discovered this author after picking up "I Miss You When I Blink" on a whim at the Dollar Tree.

Now Mary Laura Philpott is a can't miss for me.

This memoir covers both the scariness and joy of life, makes you laugh and cry, and bolsters you for whatever comes next.

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jlhammar
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Philpott has what she refers to as a “keen eye for alarming possibilities.” I‘m kind of a prophet of doom myself so I can definitely relate.

“Worst-case Scenario” was the stand-out essay for me. As a child in the 80s (stranger danger), I too worried about getting abducted. And the titles and topics of those after school specials! I was crying laughing. Strange times. Glad I added this to my #BOTM box.

Megabooks Great review! 5mo
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Eringogreen
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Philpott is a fantastic writer and “I‘ll Miss You When I Blink” is one of my favorite books.

While I enjoyed and was touched by some chapters in Bomb Shelter, the themes and topics didn‘t connect or compel me as much as “Blink.” If you are a mother, I‘m sure this is a fantastic read. If the jacket copy and premise doesn‘t grab you, the essays may not either.

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Chelsea.Poole
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I love an essay collection and this was a good one! For some reason I thought this was going to be funny, and though there is quirk, I felt much more anxiety than I expected to feel. The author‘s son began having seizures which is traumatic. She writes openly and eloquently about her worries for him and how it has impacted their family. Also, the essay about the visiting turtle is adorable. But definitely not as light-hearted as I imagined.

Cinfhen 💯/ great review 5mo
Megabooks Great review! 5mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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My #libraryhaul 📚
Work is a dangerous place…I can‘t resist these beauties 🤩

Christine Excellent stack! 5mo
Megabooks I think you‘ll like those! 5mo
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Christine
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This was a liked-but-didn't-love for me, and I‘m not entirely sure why! I thought I remembered feeling much the same about Philpott's first collection, and revisiting my Litsy post for that confirms it. That said, I really have nothing negative to say about this one and think I enjoyed it a bit more than her first. I like her candor, and she‘s relatable for me at times (especially re: the kids‘ health stuff). Great cover, too. 🐢💗

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1. My sister and I like to pick books to read together. Also enjoy IRL book clubs as long as they actually read the book and want to have a thoughtful discussion. We have a fun local club I enjoy called Books & Bars, open to all.
2. I often build my monthly reading around a theme. For May, for example, I have a stack ready for Asian Pacific Heritage Month.
3. Started Bomb Shelter last night. Good so far!
#wondrouswednesday
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Eggs I like your idea #2!! 6mo
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Cinfhen
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A really solid, relatable collection on parenting, friendship, responsibilities as a daughter, aging, navigating life‘s uncertainty and general anxiety. You just know MLP is everyone‘s emergency contact- the type of friend you rely on for advice, laughter and maybe an amazing piece of clothing to borrow. A pleasant listen 🎧

Megabooks Great review! 6mo
Cathythoughts Clever title and turtle picture . Love it ! (edited) 6mo
Suet624 Okay, now you're just killing me with this need to stack all of the books you read. 6mo
Cinfhen I think you‘d like this one @Suet624 and her first collection is very good as well 6mo
Suet624 Oh right. I forgot about that one. Now that‘s stacked too! 6mo
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Cinfhen
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Megabooks Enjoy!! 6mo
Clwojick Woop woop ! 🙌🏻 6mo
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Megabooks
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This essay collection is sweet and funny with substance. Perfect if you like Ann Patchett or Helen Ellis.

Mary Laura‘s life changed the night her teenage son had a major seizure. She writes about navigating those high school milestones (driving, first job) with his illness in mind. She shares about being squished between her parents‘ needs and her kids. I loved the animal essays about her dogs and the turtles on her property. Solid collection!

Cinfhen I‘m hoping it‘ll turn up on Scribd otherwise I‘ll use an Audible credit 6mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I bet it will turn up if you give it a few weeks. 6mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen but I liked it almost as much as Patchett‘s. It may be credit worthy. (I‘m thinking of that Seinfeld sponge worthy bit now!!) 😂😂 6mo
Cinfhen Good to know! I‘ve been eating through my Audible credits but that‘s what they‘re for!! 6mo
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Megabooks
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Awesome #NewReleaseTuesday this week! I‘m nearly finished with Bomb Shelter and enjoying it more than her last essay collection, which was popular here. Did anyone get to her Parnassus release party?

Seek and Hide is about digital privacy which is a pet interest of mine. JVN‘s memoir was so fun that I had to sign up for round two. I haven‘t listened to much of the press around Growing Up Biden, but I enjoyed Hunter‘s memoir a lot, so I‘m hopeful.

Prairiegirl_reading Omg your Libby is so much better than mine!!! 6mo
Cinfhen So much goodness!!! 6mo
squirrelbrain I too enjoyed JVN and Hunter Biden‘s book so I‘ll keep an eye out for these two. 6mo
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Megabooks @Prairiegirl_reading it‘s pretty awesome, especially for nonfiction! 6mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I‘m excited! 6mo
Megabooks @squirrelbrain I‘m very curious to see how these two stack up 👍🏻 6mo
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Happy Pub Day to local Nashville author Mary Laura Philpott! 🐢 I may have missed her book launch at Parnassus for my baby‘s soccer matches (no regrets), but - surprise! - I forgot I ordered a signed copy. 😂 Philpott is a great storyteller and naturally funny even when the topic is heavy. Highly recommend!

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I feel like it‘s been a while since I last curled up with a memoir/essay collection! Hitting the shelves next week is this Nashville author‘s second book- and one that had me promptly adding her first to my TBR- a collection of snippets of her life, anxieties, fears and moments large and small over the past few years. In her forties and a mother of two, I think many will find something relatable here. It‘s a quick read and one that I enjoyed!

Cinfhen I read her first book after @britt_brooke posted and it was really charming, funny, relatable - I‘ve heard this one is even better ☺️ 6mo
TorieStorieS @Cinfhen I know you listen to a lot of audiobooks too- did you read or listen to her first one? 6mo
britt_brooke I‘m so happy you enjoyed! I wish I could make it to her book launch at Parnassus tomorrow, but we have out-of-town soccer. 😩 6mo
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TorieStorieS @britt_brooke Oh well I‘m sure soccer will be fun, too!! Parnassus is on my wish list of book stores to visit!! 6mo
britt_brooke @TorieStorieS It definitely will! 😄 It‘s life several months out of the year, but we really do love it! Makes it hard to do anything else, though. 😝 I sure hope you get to Parnassus one day. It‘s pretty incredible! I‘m about 40 minutes away and it‘s just far enough to probably be a good thing 💸😂, but I don‘t go nearly enough. 6mo
TorieStorieS @britt_brooke Hoping to get to Nashville in the next few months! A few years ago, my cousins and I did an indie bookstore tour and we have been talking about doing different states this year (we did Illinois/Wisconsin last time!) 6mo
britt_brooke @TorieStorieS That‘s so fun! I try to hit indie shops when we go on vacations but I love the idea of that being the trip itself! When the time comes, you‘ve gotta hit The Bookshop in East Nashville, too. It‘s impeccably curated for a small space. 6mo
Cinfhen I did audio!! MLP reads…And I hope to do audio again for 6mo
Cinfhen @britt_brooke if anyone was meant to be a #SoccerMom it‘s you 💚⚽️ 6mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen For parents who never played themselves, Rob and I are pretty into it! 😄 No way I‘d rather spend weekends. The boys love it! 6mo
Cinfhen Two of my nephews play/played soccer pretty intensely @britt_brooke both do/did the travel team circuit….that‘s when it starts to get less fun, I think 😉My nephew ( who had to stop playing due to too many injuries) played in Barcelona with FC Barcelona‘s youth team for 2 seasons. Soccer allows for cool connections. That‘s the beauty of sports! 6mo
EvieBee This sounds great! On order at the library and I‘m first on the list. 6mo
TorieStorieS @britt_brooke Thanks!! I‘m adding it to the list!! Hope the matches go well!! ⚽️🥳 6mo
TorieStorieS @Cinfhen Oh- maybe I will do audio then for the first one!! Thanks!! ❤️🌸 6mo
TorieStorieS @EvieBee Always fun to be first on a list!! I hope you enjoy it!! 6mo
britt_brooke @TorieStorieS Thank you!! 6mo
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swishandflick
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This author spilled the beans on Instagram about their new memoir being a #BOTM add-on in April 👏🏽

Cinfhen Woohoo! Good find 💜💜💜 6mo
Megabooks Awesome! 6mo
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Breanne1 Good catch!!! 6mo
Beachesnbooks nice! hope we get spoilers for them all soon!!! 🤞🤞🤞 6mo
jdiehr Oh! I am currently reading 'I Miss You When I Blink' by this author and it's really good. 6mo
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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ If you liked her first book, you‘ll love this just as much, maybe more. Philpott is a local-to-me author, and though I don‘t know her personally, her writing makes me feel like a friend. When she said she‘s always “waiting for worry to materialize,” that hit hard. These stories carry the common thread of parenthood, anxiety, and inevitable change. Heavy, but Philpott is a funny storyteller, so it‘s a good vibe. Very relatable collection!

KathyWheeler I liked her first book so I‘ll definitely read this one. 9mo
britt_brooke @KathyWheeler I think you‘ll really enjoy! 9mo
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Cinfhen WOW!!! That sums me up in 5 words “waiting for worry to materialize” I still have blink on my list but adding this one too!! 9mo
Megabooks Stacking this! Thanks for the tag. 💜 9mo
Megabooks And you know I‘m here for all champ-related content! 9mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen Right?! Same here. I‘ve never seen it articulate so perfectly. I think you‘ll enjoy her books. I recommend following her on Instagram, too. She‘s funny! 9mo
britt_brooke @Megabooks I think you‘re gonna love this one! 🐾 9mo
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britt_brooke
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Planning to finish this #ARC today. Philpott is a local Nashville author, and although I don‘t know her personally, her essays make me feel like I do.

#dogsoflitsy

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