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From the bestselling author of I Miss You When I Blink comes a poignant and powerful memoir that tackles the big questions of life, death, and existential fear with humor and hope. A lifelong worrier, Mary Laura 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 a From the bestselling author of I Miss You When I Blink comes a poignant and powerful memoir that tackles the big questions of life, death, and existential fear with humor and hope. A lifelong worrier, Mary Laura 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?


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From the bestselling author of I Miss You When I Blink comes a poignant and powerful memoir that tackles the big questions of life, death, and existential fear with humor and hope. A lifelong worrier, Mary Laura 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 a From the bestselling author of I Miss You When I Blink comes a poignant and powerful memoir that tackles the big questions of life, death, and existential fear with humor and hope. A lifelong worrier, Mary Laura 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?

30 review for Bomb Shelter: Love, Time, and Other Explosives

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anne Bogel

    This is the Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club June 2022 selection and a 2022 Summer Reading Guide selection . Among the finest—perhaps THE finest—memoir-in-essays I’ve ever read. This intimate look at family life is like sitting down with a trusted friend to talk about what matters most in life. Philpott’s leaping-off point is her teenage son’s middle-of-the-night medical emergency. She never sees it coming, but later wondered, Should I have known? He stabilized, but nothing is the same after that pivot This is the Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club June 2022 selection and a 2022 Summer Reading Guide selection . Among the finest—perhaps THE finest—memoir-in-essays I’ve ever read. This intimate look at family life is like sitting down with a trusted friend to talk about what matters most in life. Philpott’s leaping-off point is her teenage son’s middle-of-the-night medical emergency. She never sees it coming, but later wondered, Should I have known? He stabilized, but nothing is the same after that pivotal moment. In the aftermath, Philpott explores her long-held desire to keep those she loves safe through sheer will or worrying—but if that doesn’t work, what can we do instead? She wrestles through the answers in these pages. Witty and candid, deeply relatable, humorous and heartstopping, with tales of hypothetical disaster balanced with restful interludes featuring Frank the Turtle and the Philpott family dogs. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll text all your friends. For fans of Kelly Corrigan’s The Middle Place, with interesting parallels to Nicki Erlick’s The Measure.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Olive Fellows (abookolive)

    It has some funny and insightful moments, but as nice as it was to spend some time with this author, being invited into someone else's anxiety spirals isn't exactly my idea of a good time. Click here to hear more of my thoughts on this book over on my Booktube channel, abookolive! It has some funny and insightful moments, but as nice as it was to spend some time with this author, being invited into someone else's anxiety spirals isn't exactly my idea of a good time. Click here to hear more of my thoughts on this book over on my Booktube channel, abookolive!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Lawson

    Mary Laura Philpott gives great essays. This book is no exception.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    3.5 stars rounded to 4 stars This is a little book of personal essays that I chose on a whim. I’m glad I did. Mary Laura Philpott writes in a very relatable way. Reading her stories are like chatting with a good friend. She is not afraid to let us in on her inner fears and worries and share how she grapples with living with them. She laces heavy subjects such as illness, disability, and loss with just the right amount of gentle, yet sometimes laugh out loud, humor to make this an enjoyable insigh 3.5 stars rounded to 4 stars This is a little book of personal essays that I chose on a whim. I’m glad I did. Mary Laura Philpott writes in a very relatable way. Reading her stories are like chatting with a good friend. She is not afraid to let us in on her inner fears and worries and share how she grapples with living with them. She laces heavy subjects such as illness, disability, and loss with just the right amount of gentle, yet sometimes laugh out loud, humor to make this an enjoyable insightful read. Life is hard. Life is unpredictable. Life is good and life is disastrous. Overall though, life is a gift to be cherished in all its forms. Traveling along with Ms. Philpott on her journey to navigating the challenges of life is both thought-provoking and satisfying. It is also joyful. I could see a lot of myself in Ms. Philpott. In the reviews I’ve read there are many positive comments about her previous book “I Miss You When I Blink”; I definitely want to track that one down. If you are looking for something inspiring to start off the new year in a positive fashion, I recommend you pick up a copy of Bomb Shelter. As of this writing, it is currently available for request on Net Galley.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bkwmlee

    3.5 stars I read this for book club and overall, I enjoyed this well-written and witty memoir-in-essays. Mary Laura Philpott begins the book with the incident that changes her life (and that of her family) forever: the medical emergency that wakens her in the middle of the night, where she finds her teenage son unconscious on the bathroom floor. In the aftermath, Philpott wonders whether she she should’ve seen warning signs of her son’s condition, but more broadly, she ponders the limitations of 3.5 stars I read this for book club and overall, I enjoyed this well-written and witty memoir-in-essays. Mary Laura Philpott begins the book with the incident that changes her life (and that of her family) forever: the medical emergency that wakens her in the middle of the night, where she finds her teenage son unconscious on the bathroom floor. In the aftermath, Philpott wonders whether she she should’ve seen warning signs of her son’s condition, but more broadly, she ponders the limitations of the human ability to protect and keep those we love safe. A self-admitted lifelong worrier, yet also possessing a sunny disposition that helps her balance her anxious thoughts by focusing on the bright side of things, Philpott looks back at various aspects of her life and explores essential questions related to love, family, relationships, anxiety, death, fear, etc. — basically all the realities of human existence. While reading this, I definitely appreciated the many insights that Philpott conveyed as well as the way she approached so many tough issues with a sense of humor. In exploring various situations that occurred in her life, Philpott is candid and doesn’t shy away from showing her vulnerability and insecurities in her roles as wife, mother, daughter, friend, or just as an ordinary person trying to live her life as best she can, in a challenging world. There were a few essays that I related to more than others, and some I ended up skimming because I found it difficult to maintain my focus (most likely because that particular essay’s subject matter didn’t appeal to me). I especially loved the essays about the turtles and also the peculiar behavior of the family dog, which I found hilarious. The meditation chapter made me chuckle and, not surprisingly, it quickly became one of my favorite essays in the book. Even though not all of the essays spoke to me, I still recommend reading this one, as I really enjoy Philpott’s style of writing and the way she is able to infuse humor when relaying difficult topics, but in a way that is respectful and doesn’t make light of the seriousness of some situations. I would definitely be interested in reading more of Philpott’s works at some point. Received ARC from Atria via NetGalley.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Basic B's Guide

    This books speaks to me in sooo many ways and it surpassed my high expectations. This anxiety ridden gal that has experienced grief, loss and my own battle with cancer still worries about the world and her babies. What a good reminder that our worry won’t do that much to protect them but our love is what matters most. Thank you so much to Atria and Simon Audio for the gifted arc and alc. Author BFFs 👯‍♀️ ⁣ ⁣ I’ve started a collection of my favorite female essayists and Mary Laura Philpott stands str This books speaks to me in sooo many ways and it surpassed my high expectations. This anxiety ridden gal that has experienced grief, loss and my own battle with cancer still worries about the world and her babies. What a good reminder that our worry won’t do that much to protect them but our love is what matters most. Thank you so much to Atria and Simon Audio for the gifted arc and alc. Author BFFs 👯‍♀️ ⁣ ⁣ I’ve started a collection of my favorite female essayists and Mary Laura Philpott stands strong among the group.⁣ ⁣ These ladies are my kindred spirits. ⁣ ⁣ They’re my besties (they just don’t know it yet). ⁣ ⁣ They know what to say at the right moment or just to sit in silence with me when I need it.⁣ ⁣ They make me feel seen, understood and less alone.⁣ ⁣ They make me laugh at life and appreciate the small moments.⁣ ⁣ They give me the courage to be confident in myself as a spouse, mother, sister, friend.⁣ ⁣ They don’t make me feel silly for my anxiousness, especially when it comes to my children.⁣ ⁣ I think you too need friends like this. What are you waiting for?⁣ ⁣

  7. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    2.5 Written with humor and grace, perhaps this book should’ve worked for me, or at least the-me-of-twenty-or-forty-years-ago in that I could relate to some of the events at those times of my life. (Whether I wanted to relive the kind of anxiety she writes of is debatable.) But I’m not the ideal reader for this type of memoir/essay, especially in book-length form. As with any good essay, the author does expand her stories of recent events to include a bigger picture, but I guess I need even more d 2.5 Written with humor and grace, perhaps this book should’ve worked for me, or at least the-me-of-twenty-or-forty-years-ago in that I could relate to some of the events at those times of my life. (Whether I wanted to relive the kind of anxiety she writes of is debatable.) But I’m not the ideal reader for this type of memoir/essay, especially in book-length form. As with any good essay, the author does expand her stories of recent events to include a bigger picture, but I guess I need even more distance in my reading. The book’s topics make this another apt pick for The Nervous Breakdown Book Club (April’s selection).

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    [3.8] An approachable collection of essays about daily life and mothering. There is an immediacy to Philpott's writing - perhaps because she is still in the middle of many of the events she describes. Although each piece is separate, some of them are linked so it feels almost like a memoir. I thought the mix of raw anxiety and comforting wisdom worked well. [3.8] An approachable collection of essays about daily life and mothering. There is an immediacy to Philpott's writing - perhaps because she is still in the middle of many of the events she describes. Although each piece is separate, some of them are linked so it feels almost like a memoir. I thought the mix of raw anxiety and comforting wisdom worked well.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Diane Barnes

    I downloaded this book from the library to look it over, then life events kept me from starting something else, so I just kept reading. I would have liked this more 20 years ago, and thought about how many of the things she worries about now will look to her in 20 years. But overall, entertaining and funny and thoughtful.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Carla (happiestwhenreading)

    Yep, this is it. This is exactly the stage of life I’m in and reading it from Philpott’s perspective made me FEEL SEEN! It’s just in the last year that I can see the light at the end of the tunnel of parenthood as we generally think of it. I can still remember those early years with my babies when high school, eighteen, and college all seemed so far away that it was unfathomable. But when my son turned 16 and got his driver’s license, it’s like I ran straight into a brick wall. He’s rarely home n Yep, this is it. This is exactly the stage of life I’m in and reading it from Philpott’s perspective made me FEEL SEEN! It’s just in the last year that I can see the light at the end of the tunnel of parenthood as we generally think of it. I can still remember those early years with my babies when high school, eighteen, and college all seemed so far away that it was unfathomable. But when my son turned 16 and got his driver’s license, it’s like I ran straight into a brick wall. He’s rarely home now - he’s home late from sports practice and when he’s not doing that or in school, he’s out running around with friends. I have 4 more years before my youngest leaves and makes my husband and I “empty nesters”. There’s a part of me that feels some excitement at reclaiming our lives, but there is also a deep-seated sadness at knowing this stage of our lives will be over. I’m sure there’s great things about college-aged kids too, but I want to cherish these last few years and suck all the goodness (even if totally chaotic) out of them that I can. I am ALL IN with my kids; in fact, I recently turned down a perfect-for-me job opportunity because I cannot fathom preserving my time and energy for my kids. In four short years, I’ll have all the time in the world to do my own thing, but for now, bring on all the school activities, sports events, and mundane taxi driving.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    “Are John and I really on our fourth dog together?” I had to laugh. And shudder. I have been with my husband long enough to have had six dogs–and a rabbit. Again and again, Mary Laura Philpott had me laughing and shuddering in recognition. Phlipott writes about being alive, the wonder and dread of being a mother, the joy of life and the recognition of one’s mortality. It’s a hard world. Is it even safe to send our children out into it? We can’t protect them. And we look into the mirror and see ou “Are John and I really on our fourth dog together?” I had to laugh. And shudder. I have been with my husband long enough to have had six dogs–and a rabbit. Again and again, Mary Laura Philpott had me laughing and shuddering in recognition. Phlipott writes about being alive, the wonder and dread of being a mother, the joy of life and the recognition of one’s mortality. It’s a hard world. Is it even safe to send our children out into it? We can’t protect them. And we look into the mirror and see our own aging. “I am obsessed with death because I am in love with life,” Philpott writes; “I grieve in advance of loss.” This struck too close to home. I am looking at 70 in a few months. I have already lived longer than my mother, her twin brothers, my grandfathers, my great-grandparents, and a cousin. I have to live forever, to be there for our son. How do I use the years that are left? We can’t save everyone, Philpott writes, but we can shelter each other in love. It’s the only bomb shelter we have. I received a free egalley from the publisher through NetGalley. My review is fair and unbiased.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kari Ann Sweeney

    This book hit me at exactly the right time. As a 40+ year old mom of teens I found these essays smart, funny and insightful. From the very first page Philpott invites you along on a relatable journey that embraces the beauty in a shared experience- no matter your stage of life. It felt like I was chatting with a good friend. A couple passages felt like I was holding up a mirror to see my reflection. I have 4 kids, ages 9 to 16, so I've been at this gig awhile. There are many days that I ask mysel This book hit me at exactly the right time. As a 40+ year old mom of teens I found these essays smart, funny and insightful. From the very first page Philpott invites you along on a relatable journey that embraces the beauty in a shared experience- no matter your stage of life. It felt like I was chatting with a good friend. A couple passages felt like I was holding up a mirror to see my reflection. I have 4 kids, ages 9 to 16, so I've been at this gig awhile. There are many days that I ask myself "How am I STILL grappling with worry and self-doubt as a Mom?" Guess what? There are just as many days that I ask myself "How can I feel such joy, love and awe for these humans. How did I get so lucky?" It's all part of the deal. This collection of essays left me refreshed and inspired. “𝘓𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢 𝘵𝘦𝘦𝘯𝘢𝘨𝘦𝘳 𝘪𝘴 𝘫𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘢𝘴 𝘦𝘮𝘰𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘰𝘹𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘴 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢 𝘣𝘢𝘣𝘺. 𝘔𝘢𝘺𝘣𝘦 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦.” - 𝐁𝐎𝐌𝐁 𝐒𝐇𝐄𝐋𝐓𝐄𝐑

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sarina Bowen

    What an amazing memoir! I don't know how anyone could make motherhood sound so humorous and terrifying all at once. But Mary Laura Philpott has done it. This is a must read for every mother who's had sent her children out into the big scary world, and lived to talk about it. What an amazing memoir! I don't know how anyone could make motherhood sound so humorous and terrifying all at once. But Mary Laura Philpott has done it. This is a must read for every mother who's had sent her children out into the big scary world, and lived to talk about it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    britt_brooke

    If you liked her first book, you’ll love this just as much, maybe more. Philpott is a local-to-me author, and though I don’t know her personally, her writing makes me feel like a friend. When she said she’s always “waiting for worry to materialize,” that hit hard. These stories carry the common thread of parenthood, anxiety, and inevitable change. Heavy, but Philpott is a funny storyteller, so it’s a good vibe. Very relatable collection! Thank you, NetGalley, for the opportunity to read and revi If you liked her first book, you’ll love this just as much, maybe more. Philpott is a local-to-me author, and though I don’t know her personally, her writing makes me feel like a friend. When she said she’s always “waiting for worry to materialize,” that hit hard. These stories carry the common thread of parenthood, anxiety, and inevitable change. Heavy, but Philpott is a funny storyteller, so it’s a good vibe. Very relatable collection! Thank you, NetGalley, for the opportunity to read and review this collection! PUB DATE: 4.12.22

  15. 4 out of 5

    Gretchen Rubin

    Also a memoir in essays, about motherhood, anxiety, self-knowledge, and much more.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kate Olson

    As a 40+ mom of teens this book ripped my heart out. I loved it SO DAMN MUCH.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    (4.5) Exceptional. Subtle depth, meaningfully constructed and enjoyable. I'm not one to gravitate toward essays, but this hit home. The author and I are about the same age, so the cultural references, humor and overall subject matter really resonated. I loved it! (4.5) Exceptional. Subtle depth, meaningfully constructed and enjoyable. I'm not one to gravitate toward essays, but this hit home. The author and I are about the same age, so the cultural references, humor and overall subject matter really resonated. I loved it!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Leslie - Shobizreads

    I Miss You When I Blink was a five star read for me and just perfect for the life stage I was in of toddler to middle grade kiddos. When I saw the author had a new memoir full of essays coming out, I knew I had to read it. Bomb Shelter resonated so deeply with me, I found myself feeling seen over and over again in her words. Written in short chapters, this collection of short stories will make you smile, chuckle and so aptly describe the pieces of our hearts and inner thoughts that we struggle to I Miss You When I Blink was a five star read for me and just perfect for the life stage I was in of toddler to middle grade kiddos. When I saw the author had a new memoir full of essays coming out, I knew I had to read it. Bomb Shelter resonated so deeply with me, I found myself feeling seen over and over again in her words. Written in short chapters, this collection of short stories will make you smile, chuckle and so aptly describe the pieces of our hearts and inner thoughts that we struggle to connect to coherent thoughts. I’ve been parenting teens for a few years and the author’s comments on parents needs and growing closer to the “finish line” of college are all the things I’ve been feeling and saying. I want to give a copy of this one to all my friends, I loved it that much. My only complaint is that I finished it too quickly and want more.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Megan Collins

    BOMB SHELTER is, as its subtitle tells us, about “love, time, and other explosives,” and if I had to sum it up in a phrase of my own, I’d say that it’s about the anxiety that comes with loving someone. These beautiful, heartfelt essays are framed by the story of @marylauraphilpott witnessing her teenage son’s seizure and learning how to cope with, and keep him safe despite, his epilepsy diagnosis. Mary Laura writes a lot about the fear of losing the people (and animals!) she loves, as well as he BOMB SHELTER is, as its subtitle tells us, about “love, time, and other explosives,” and if I had to sum it up in a phrase of my own, I’d say that it’s about the anxiety that comes with loving someone. These beautiful, heartfelt essays are framed by the story of @marylauraphilpott witnessing her teenage son’s seizure and learning how to cope with, and keep him safe despite, his epilepsy diagnosis. Mary Laura writes a lot about the fear of losing the people (and animals!) she loves, as well as her persistent anxieties of all the catastrophes that can happen at any moment. As someone who’s also extremely anxious, I related deeply to so much in these magnificent pages, and I admired the way Mary Laura brought humor and hope to such serious subjects. I am 100% obsessed with everything Mary Laura writes, BOMB SHELTER included, and on another note, I am now desperate for a backyard turtle like the one (Frank) she describes in this truly special book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Chrissann Nickel

    The author wants us all to know what a good cheerful person she is. And sometimes people are mean and rude and that is not nice, but maybe we should also assume they’re just having a bad day. This book felt partially like a gee-golly guide to basic human empathy. The rest was a mundane recounting of tales of an overly anxious suburban mom. It felt exhausting to live in her brain. The chapter on what goes on in her head while trying to meditate was particularly tedious, though I assume it was inte The author wants us all to know what a good cheerful person she is. And sometimes people are mean and rude and that is not nice, but maybe we should also assume they’re just having a bad day. This book felt partially like a gee-golly guide to basic human empathy. The rest was a mundane recounting of tales of an overly anxious suburban mom. It felt exhausting to live in her brain. The chapter on what goes on in her head while trying to meditate was particularly tedious, though I assume it was intended to be funny. I’m sure the author is indeed a good person, and one I would like plenty in real life. She’s a good writer, she just doesn’t have anything that interesting to write about unfortunately (at least to me). I’m sure this book is wildly relatable to a certain demographic. It just wasn’t for me.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    This memoir in essay form was the April selection of the Nervous Breakdown Book Club. The author has published many essays in some quite prestigious places, hosted a TV interview program and raised two children. The elder child had an epileptic seizure on the cusp of his teen years and she had to learn to care for him. In fact, everyone in her family has a health issue, even the pets, leading her to quip, "everyone has something." I have a strained relationship with essays. I have written a few m This memoir in essay form was the April selection of the Nervous Breakdown Book Club. The author has published many essays in some quite prestigious places, hosted a TV interview program and raised two children. The elder child had an epileptic seizure on the cusp of his teen years and she had to learn to care for him. In fact, everyone in her family has a health issue, even the pets, leading her to quip, "everyone has something." I have a strained relationship with essays. I have written a few myself; in fact during my blogging years my book reviews approximated essays. I guess I enjoy writing them more than I enjoy reading them. My problem with essay collections it that I usually find them to be uneven in terms of keeping my interest. This was true for me in Bomb Shelter. I do appreciate that the author has a lot on her plate. She wanted to protect and take care of the people she loves and that has proved to be a great challenge. She presents herself as a woman who worries incessantly but has a positive outlook. I get that. It could describe me. I also get that urge to put it all down in words, something I do almost everyday in my journal. I think modern moms would relate to Bomb Shelter. My life as a mom was quite different from Mary Louise Philpott's. I am writing about that. So, it was interesting to read about hers, some of the time.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Have you ever read a memoir and felt like a friend is talking directly to you? Maybe articulating thoughts you’ve had yourself but could never quite express them? That’s the feeling I had when I was listening to this one. There was so much that I found relatable here, so many themes that were applicable to my own life but especially anxiety and motherhood and the author captured my fears so well. This is a collection of essays but there always felt like there was a common thread linking everythi Have you ever read a memoir and felt like a friend is talking directly to you? Maybe articulating thoughts you’ve had yourself but could never quite express them? That’s the feeling I had when I was listening to this one. There was so much that I found relatable here, so many themes that were applicable to my own life but especially anxiety and motherhood and the author captured my fears so well. This is a collection of essays but there always felt like there was a common thread linking everything together making it feel really cohesive. Overall this was both entertaining and insightful for me

  23. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    I read all but 30 pages of this book in one day! I would have finished it but life gets in the way sometimes. I haven't read a book in one day in a while so I really wanted to finish it, but alas. This book has a bit of a story for me. I have heard this author on multiple book podcasts but I am just not a big memoir fan. Then I found an ARC of it at a thrift shop for two dollars. I will check it out for $2. This author writes in essays, which i am also not a fan of, but $2! The author is a few y I read all but 30 pages of this book in one day! I would have finished it but life gets in the way sometimes. I haven't read a book in one day in a while so I really wanted to finish it, but alas. This book has a bit of a story for me. I have heard this author on multiple book podcasts but I am just not a big memoir fan. Then I found an ARC of it at a thrift shop for two dollars. I will check it out for $2. This author writes in essays, which i am also not a fan of, but $2! The author is a few years older than me and so whenever she told stories from her childhood I was like, I remember that too! So that was fun and she told some funny tales too. This book started because her teenage son had a seizure and the whole family was like what the heck?! She is at an age also where the kids are about to leave the nest and I am approaching that as well. (One should have already left but we're working on it.) I really enjoyed the part about Thanksgiving 2020. We all had to learn how to cook a turkey that year. So I found myself captivated with all of her stories. I could not put it down! "Am I here to tell you we're all going to die? Yes. Am I here to give you a pep talk along the way? Also yes!" "It's a glass-half-empty, glass-half-full kind of thing: Better to believe the world is at least half-full of decent intentions than to focus on how it's also half-full of assholes." "It's so easy to miss the moment when things begin to burn." "Someone needs to hurry up and learn how to do the things my mom has been doing all my life." "I want to believe that if humans really leaned into this impulse to mother one another, it would be stronger than the impulse to tear one another apart. We have a long way to go." "We take care of who we can and what we can, near and far, because that's the job. That is life."

  24. 5 out of 5

    alisonwonderland (Alison)

    Bomb Shelter was an unexpected delight! I didn't think that a memoir in essays would be so compelling, and Mary Laura Philpott put into words many of my deepest feelings. Although I'm about a decade older than Philpott, I found her highly relatable. I marked dozens of passages and even read some out loud to my husband. This was an excellent reading experience! #MMDBookClub Alison's Summer Reading 4/33 Bomb Shelter was an unexpected delight! I didn't think that a memoir in essays would be so compelling, and Mary Laura Philpott put into words many of my deepest feelings. Although I'm about a decade older than Philpott, I found her highly relatable. I marked dozens of passages and even read some out loud to my husband. This was an excellent reading experience! #MMDBookClub Alison's Summer Reading 4/33

  25. 4 out of 5

    Belle

    First, it must be said I love Mary Laura for how much love oozes off these pages. BUT, Her worry and anxiety in these pages makes me itchy and scratchy and makes me want to pick the scabs off my barely healing worry and anxiety over these young ones of mine. I’m a few years ahead of Mary Laura. My anxiety is almost 25 years old and my worry is almost 24 years old. My worry and anxiety do not live with me any longer and really only cause me worry and anxiety when they get overly descriptive with t First, it must be said I love Mary Laura for how much love oozes off these pages. BUT, Her worry and anxiety in these pages makes me itchy and scratchy and makes me want to pick the scabs off my barely healing worry and anxiety over these young ones of mine. I’m a few years ahead of Mary Laura. My anxiety is almost 25 years old and my worry is almost 24 years old. My worry and anxiety do not live with me any longer and really only cause me worry and anxiety when they get overly descriptive with their night lives however the scabs of the young years are there and they are not quite yet scars and Mary Laura made them itchy and scratchy and I almost picked them off. Almost, but not quite. I think I can overcome. It makes no sense to me to succumb to another’s worry and anxiety after all. I will end by saying I will always and forever read anything Mary Laura writes. She’s one of us mothers.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Laura • lauralovestoread

    I love Mary Laura Philpott’s way of pulling you in and making you feel seen through her writing. I loved her previous novel, I Miss You When I Blink, and once again felt so deeply while reading Bomb Shelter. A collection of stories full of laughs and inspiration with themes of parenthood and the anxieties of daily life. *many thanks to Atria for the gifted copy for review

  27. 5 out of 5

    Shelby

    Mary Laura Philpott is cheerful, anxious, existential, optimistic. She is me, but at the age of my mother. In fact, she looks just like my mom, petite and charming and blonde. Perhaps this is why her books calm me to the bone exactly when I need them to. I swear Mary Laura receives a notification on her phone when I'm in the midst of a shoulder-hunching, stomach-churning, frantic-googling anxiety crisis, and she publishes a book in response that says everything I need to hear. These essays in par Mary Laura Philpott is cheerful, anxious, existential, optimistic. She is me, but at the age of my mother. In fact, she looks just like my mom, petite and charming and blonde. Perhaps this is why her books calm me to the bone exactly when I need them to. I swear Mary Laura receives a notification on her phone when I'm in the midst of a shoulder-hunching, stomach-churning, frantic-googling anxiety crisis, and she publishes a book in response that says everything I need to hear. These essays in particular strike at one of my greatest psychological ailments: health anxiety (read: death). She puts words and reason to the fears that we life lovers endure every day: what if something happens to those we adore? Being on earth is so much fun, and we don't want to leave the party just yet. Even though we're introverts. So that's saying something. Thank you to NetGalley for the free therapy in the form of this book, and to Mary Laura for delivering some serotonin just when the tank was on E.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Susie | Novel Visits

    Thanks to @simon.audio and @atriabooks for the advanced copies of #BombShelter. There aren’t many writers who can write essay collections that I’m truly excited to read, but Mary Laura Philpott is one. I recently listened to her newest collection, 𝐁𝐎𝐌𝐁 𝐒𝐇𝐄𝐋𝐓𝐄𝐑, and found myself going on extra long walks just to keep listening to her share her thoughts on Love, Time, and Other Explosives (the subtitle). The first essay immediately hit my heart as Philpott and her husband find their teenage son in Thanks to @simon.audio and @atriabooks for the advanced copies of #BombShelter. There aren’t many writers who can write essay collections that I’m truly excited to read, but Mary Laura Philpott is one. I recently listened to her newest collection, 𝐁𝐎𝐌𝐁 𝐒𝐇𝐄𝐋𝐓𝐄𝐑, and found myself going on extra long walks just to keep listening to her share her thoughts on Love, Time, and Other Explosives (the subtitle). The first essay immediately hit my heart as Philpott and her husband find their teenage son in the midst of having a seizure. Throughout the essays she returns to how that changes her son’s life, but also how it changes what she worries about and how she loves.⁣ ⁣ Spanning a time period just before and then through the pandemic, ⁣ almost all her essays focus on her changing family and the realities of getting ready for children to leave the nest. She’s a worrier and I appreciated that she owns it, and, with a lot of humor, makes it more acceptable. We all know there’s ALWAYS something to worry about. I think this group of essays will especially appeal to people with teenagers. My kids are past that, but I was able to look back and appreciate her worries and concerns, glad most of those (but not all) are behind me! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣ ⁣

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ebony ☕️

    Maybe I just wasn’t the audience for this. Maybe this is for the “boss moms” out there.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Thelma

    Bomb Shelter I'm trying so hard to describe my feelings about the book because I'm still hanging on the last pages, but ill try as you all know when you like a book is hard to translate the feelings you experience while it Mary Laura Philpott was taking us into so many memories and stories that made this book come to life. I cry with Bomb Shelter, it made me feel and think a lot and that's the type of book I really enjoy when they leave you with something good to think about for weeks when the st Bomb Shelter I'm trying so hard to describe my feelings about the book because I'm still hanging on the last pages, but ill try as you all know when you like a book is hard to translate the feelings you experience while it Mary Laura Philpott was taking us into so many memories and stories that made this book come to life. I cry with Bomb Shelter, it made me feel and think a lot and that's the type of book I really enjoy when they leave you with something good to think about for weeks when the story is so good that you actually can't move on from. I felt like Mary many times with this constant worry making us think if we don't worry we don't care when is the opposite. Mary talks about many situations that were happening in her life such as parenting, aging, and grief. but mostly making us think about our own paths during this similar situations. Bomb Shelter is a book that will give you hope and faith that you're not alone, that many of the situations Mary went through we are experiencing at the moment or some will eventually be experienced when your kids grow. is not a handbook of how to raise your children or how to be a parent is more like a refreshing way to let us know we're all growing and evolving and evolution that involves time and lots of mistakes it is in us to embrace ourselves and move on just the way we are. Thanks to NetGalley and Atria Books for the advanced copy of Bomb Shelter: Love, Time, and Other Explosives in exchange for my honest review.

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