• Kelly Gore

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Updated: Jul 24, 2019

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It’s no secret that writers hide in plain sight at coffee shops and bookstores. That person staring at you with glazed eyes isn’t daydreaming, they’re placing you in their book. We hope it works out well for you.


If you’ve shopped at one of Nashville’s favorite independent bookstores, you might have seen Mary Laura Philpott working there. Or you might have seen her introduce or talk with one of the big national authors who do readings in Nashville. All the while, Mary Laura hasn’t been daydreaming either. Not only has her mind been brewing with hilarious one-liners, she’s been observing—observing others as well as herself, and how everyone interacts with the world.


The Washington Post said about Philpott, “I’ve spent my adult life prowling bookshelves for the modern day reincarnation of my favorite authors — Nora Ephron, Erma Bombeck, Jean Kerr and Laurie Colwin — all rolled into one. Good news: I found their successor.“


This is collection of essays—glimpses into Philpott’s brain, a brain that’s like a pinball machine of wit combined with a soft-serve ice cream machine that slowly mixes thoughts that are familiar but come out of her clear and comforting.


If the cover looks familiar, you might have seen this book getting attention in “Southern Living,”” Real Simple,” or “Newsweek.” Perhaps you heard Mary Laura on NPR’s “All Things Considered.”