Mary Laura Philpott with Kimberly Williams-Paisley - Bomb Shelter

Wednesday, April 20, 7pm CT / 8pm ET
Exclusive Online Event - Book Purchase to gain admission

Banner image with headshot of author Mary Laura Philpott on the left, a picture of the cover of "Bomb Shelter" in the center, and a headshot of actress Kimberly Williams-PaisleyLeft Bank Books and Books & Books with Miami Book Fair + independent bookstores welcome national bestselling author
Mary Laura Philpott,
for a special virtual event to celebrate the release of
Bomb Shelter: Love, Time, and Other Explosives,
in an exclusive online event at 7pm CT / 8pm ET on Wednesday, April 20th.
Philpott will be in conversation with actress and NY Times Bestselling Author, 
Kimberly Williams-Paisley.
Order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to gain access to the event & support authors and independent bookstores!
Please purchase before April 20th, 6pm CT to gain access to the event.
If you are not able to attend live, a recording will be available a few days after the event for people who have purchased the book.
To receive a signed bookplate, see details below.
MARY LAURA PHILPOTT, author of the national bestseller I Miss You When I Blink, writes essays that examine the overlap of the absurd and the profound in everyday life. Her writing has been featured frequently by The New York Times and appears in such outlets as The Washington PostThe AtlanticReal Simple, and more. 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.  

KIMBERLY WILLIAMS-PAISLEY is an actress, New York Times Best Selling author, Alzheimer’s advocate, and co-founder of non-profit, The Store, an organization in Nashville which aims to address food insecurity. Williams-Paisley’s memoir Where The Light Gets In: Losing My Mother Only to Find Her Again, chronicling her mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease, came out in 2016 and hit the New York Times Bestseller list. She is a global ambassador for CARE International, traveling to Haiti and Guatemala to follow U.S. funding for programs that support women and children.


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 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.

"Each of these powerful, beautifully written essays is like a tiny grenade aimed straight at the heart. Mary Laura Philpott is a trustworthy guide, ushering us through the magnificent, harrowing terrain of being human. Trust me: you will laugh, you will cry. You will fall in love with her voice." --Dani ShapiroNew York Times bestselling author of Inheritance

"An unforgettable memoir about holding it together when it's time to let go, Bomb Shelter met me exactly where I am and gently walked me towards humor and hope. This book is a must read--a treasure to savor now and save for always. I loved it." --Glennon Doyle, Author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller Untamed and Founder of Together Rising


To access the event, please purchase a copy of Bomb Shelter: Love, Time, and Other Explosives from Left Bank Books. You must provide an email address to be invited to the private online event. You will receive an email with the link to join the private online event the DAY OF the event. Thank you for supporting Left Bank Books!


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• Custom bookmark
• Custom postcard

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Virtual Event - Book Purchase Required
Staff Pick Badge
Bomb Shelter: Love, Time, and Other Explosives Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982160784
Availability: On Our Shelves (Note - We update this inventory once per day.)
Published: Atria Books - April 12th, 2022

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I Miss You When I Blink: Essays Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982102814
Availability: Ships quickly (1-7 days)
Published: Atria Books - April 7th, 2020

Where the Light Gets In: Losing My Mother Only to Find Her Again Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101902974
Availability: Special Order
Published: Crown - April 11th, 2017