Today’s guest Mary Laura Philpott is an essayist, bookseller, and a big fan of memoirs of people living “everyday lives”. I’m sure many of you will be interested in her “everyday life” as a Book Enthusiast at Large—yes, that is her job title—for Parnassus Books in Nashville.
Today we’re having a great conversation about the reading and writing life, working through her readerly guilt of hating beloved childhood classics, and we explore book flights and reading symphonies.
Let’s get to it!
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Books mentioned in this episode:
• Penguins with People Problems, by Mary Laura Philpott
• I Miss You When I Blink, by Mary Laura Philpott
• Under the Tuscan Sun, by Frances Mayes
• And Now We Have Everything, by Meaghan O’Connell
♥ Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro
♥ The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion
♥ Hyperbole and a Half, by Allie Brosh
▵ Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
• Heidi, by Johanna Spyri
• All This Could Be Yours, by Jami Attenberg
• The View From Penthouse B, by Elinor Lipman
• The Good House, by Ann Leary
• How Proust Can Change Your Life, by Alain de Botton
• The Course of Love, by Alain de Botton
• Parnassus Books in Nashville, TN
• Mary Laura’s published essays
• Word Bookstores in Brooklyn, NY and Jersey City, NJ
• Books Are Magic in Brooklyn, NY
• Avid Bookshop in Athens, Georgia
• The Bookshelf in Thomasville, GA
• Musing, a Parnassus publication
• Surviving the Ordinary: Why We Need Memoir of Regular Lives, by Mary Laura Philpott via LitHub
• WSIRN Ep 164, w/ Chelsea and Curtis
What do YOU think Mary Laura should read next?