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Bomb Shelter

By: Mary Laura Philpott
Narrated by: Mary Laura Philpott
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Summary

“A beautifully wrought ode to life.” —The Washington Post

“Her new masterwork.” —The New York Times Book Review 

New York Times Editors’ Choice, Most Anticipated by Read With Jenna, BookPage, LitHub, The Millions

From the bestselling author of I Miss You When I Blink 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.

©2022 Mary Laura Philpott. All rights reserved. (P)2022 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

Critic reviews

"In this essay collection, author and narrator Mary Laura Philpott brings to life the worries, absurdities, and challenges that arise from loving people through life’s transitions. Philpott’s perceptive presentation invites listeners to hear her inner dialogue as she reflects on parenting a child diagnosed with epilepsy, as well as dealing with aging parents, the loss of beloved pets, and becoming middle-aged. Philpott sensitively narrates themes ranging in emotion from profound—her feelings surrounding the approaching departure of her growing children—to humorous—her descriptions of Frank the turtle, who roams her yard at will, a living symbol of patience and loyalty. Through these vignettes, Philpott draws meaningful conclusions with an engaging style." (AudioFile Magazine)

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New favorite book.

Not only is this book beautifully written, but it is a new favorite on the shelf in my heart. Deeply thoughtful, generous, humorous, and incredibly curated. I will return to it again and again.

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  • 26-06-22

I couldn’t love this book more

I related so deeply to Mary Laura’s impossible desire to protect those she loves and the agony of living with uncertainty. I am also a mother approaching middle age, and every word of this story rang true for me. “I Miss You When I Blink” was also terrific, and I’m glad I read it first, though each book stands alone. Mary Laura was a wonderful narrator in the Audible version. I look forward to experiencing “Bomb Shelter” again in print.

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  • 10-06-22

Buy for all your friends

I felt seen and heard and wish I could share this with everyone I know!

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  • 23-04-22

Insightful and moving

This book was powerful and so insightful. Masterfully written, there was no hindrance to enjoying and absorbing this wisdom of this author. It made me smile, cry, be more present, and fear death less. It made me worry less, and feel less guilt about all the worries that will never go away. Really a gift. I will be purchasing many hand bound copies for gifts.

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  • 18-04-22

Bravo!

This was book was the hug I needed after two long years of parenting in a pandemic.

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  • 15-04-22

A book that will uplift and affirm.

What could be better than reading Mary Laura Philpott’s new book- taking her with you wherever go; a walk, a road trip, or hunkered down in your cozy chair. Philpott connects the dots of her life in language that will comfort, delight, and resonate to the reader in a way that elevates life experiences from common to profound. You will want to listen, listen again, and share generously.