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I Miss You When I Blink

Essays
Narrated by: Mary Laura Philpott
Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
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Acclaimed essayist and bookseller Mary Laura Philpott presents a charmingly relatable and wise memoir in essays about what happened after she checked off all the boxes on her successful life’s to-do list and realized she might need to reinvent the list - and herself.

Mary Laura Philpott thought she’d cracked the code: Always be right, and you’ll always be happy. 

But once she’d completed her life’s to-do list (job, spouse, house, babies - check!), she found that instead of feeling content and successful, she felt anxious. Lost. Stuck in a daily grind of overflowing calendars, grueling small talk, and sprawling traffic. She’d done everything “right”, but she felt all wrong. What’s the worse failure, she wondered: smiling and staying the course or blowing it all up and running away? And are those the only options? 

In this memoir in essays full of spot-on observations about home, work, and creative life, Philpott takes on the conflicting pressures of modern adulthood with wit and heart. She offers up her own stories to show that identity crises don’t happen just once or only at midlife; reassures us that small, recurring personal reinventions are both normal and necessary; and advises that if you’re going to faint, you should get low to the ground first. Most of all, Philpott shows that when you stop feeling satisfied with your life, you don’t have to burn it all down and set off on a transcontinental hike (unless you want to, of course). You can call upon your many selves to figure out who you are, who you’re not, and where you belong. Who among us isn’t trying to do that?

Like a pep talk from a sister, I Miss You When I Blink is the funny, poignant, and deeply affecting audiobook you’ll want to share with all your friends, as you learn what Philpott has figured out along the way: that multiple things can be true of us at once - and that sometimes doing things wrong is the way to do life right.

©2019 Mary Laura Philpott (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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  • Julia Stoll
  • 09-04-2019

Witty and Smart

I Miss You When I Blink is a combination of “oh my gosh, you feel that way too-giggle giggle” and “I know your pain- tear tear” that makes another working mom (trying to balance family, career and the ever elusive self-care) feel like she has a tribe. Mary Laura, Thanks for your honesty and your willingness to poke fun at your own journey so I feel more normal!

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  • Monica
  • 12-04-2019

Great read

Such a good book. I give it 4.5 stars as some essays I didn’t connect with however I love, love, love, the authors sense of wry humor. Her type A personality mimicked mine and her after thoughts when she made or didn’t. Are a decision could have been taken straight from my head. Most of the essays made me laugh in collaboration with her knowing and feeling the same way. I recommend this book.

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  • JoieDe
  • 07-04-2019

I’m old enough to be her mom, and yet

Everything she writes about resonates with my own experience. The title essay is destined to be a classic. Loved every part of this book.

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  • Kristin Johnson
  • 06-04-2019

Wonderfully human

I loved listening to this book. The author describes how an imperfect life can actually be perfect. That we have everything we need even when we feel like we don’t. This book is also hilarious, witty, and shows an in depth human experience of a girl trying to get it right. Well done! I highly recommend this book!

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  • Elizabeth M. Andersen
  • 01-05-2019

Yikes!

This is the first review I have written for Audible and I have to do this because the audio for this book is horrible. I admit that I am not a huge fan of authors reading their own books. I believe there is an art to writing and an art to reading, and that very few people are talented in both. So on top of not liking the reader, 4 hours into the recording something changed in the audio and it does not even sound like the same reader. This audio is so disappointing that I really want to ask for my money back.

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