Dear Mr. You

Dear Mr. You

by Mary-Louise Parker


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A wonderfully unconventional literary debut from the award-winning actress Mary-Louise Parker.

An extraordinary literary work, Dear Mr. You renders the singular arc of a woman’s life through letters Mary-Louise Parker composes to the men, real and hypothetical, who have informed the person she is today. Beginning with the grandfather she never knew, the letters range from a missive to the beloved priest from her childhood to remembrances of former lovers to an homage to a firefighter she encountered to a heartfelt communication with the uncle of the infant daughter she adopted. Readers will be amazed by the depth and style of these letters, which reveal the complexity and power to be found in relationships both loving and fraught.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501107832
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 11/10/2015
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Mary-Louise Parker is a Tony, Emmy, and Golden Globe award-winning actress. Her writing has appeared in Esquire, The Riveter, Bust, and The Bullet. This is her first book.

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Dear Mr. You 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is so beautifully written. What an intellegent, thoughtful look at life. Mary Louse is deep, intrective and interesting all the way through. I could read and re-read!
JUSTFORFUN1088 6 months ago
Funny, witty, an overall great epistolary read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Mozart concerto of the book world!
feather_lashes More than 1 year ago
I know nothing about actress Mary-Louise Parker, but that didn't stop me from thoroughly enjoying her beautifully written memoir. Dear Mr. You is made up of thirty-four fairly short letters from her to various men she has encountered through her life. Really, this collection can be enjoyed by anyone, whether they are familiar with the author or not. Dear Mr. You is intelligent, philosophical, and funny. The audiobook is good quality and is narrated by Ms. Parker herself. Check it out! My favorite quote: "It's so transparent, how willing we are to dismiss the intelligence of someone who rejects us, as though that renders them incapable of sound judgment."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poetic and elegant and earthy--comedy and tragedy. Read this book not like a celebrity memoir (the publisher who bought it didn't know who had written it, so it sold on its own merits) but like a book of little essays or poems.
Laura_at_125Pages More than 1 year ago
Dear Mr. You was both what I expected and a total surprise all in one. It is difficult to set an expectation of a work written by someone you only know as characters. Yes, Mary-Louise Parker is an actual person, but in my mind she is an amalgamation of Nancy from Weeds and Amy from The West Wing so I was unsure what to expect with her writing. Dear Mr. You is a trek through Parker’s life written as letters to the men in her life that helped shape and mold her. Beginning with a letter to the grandfather she never met and continuing all the way to the man who will marry her pre-teen daughter in the future, Parker shares a vulnerability that is palpable. These letters speak to the heart and engage the mind while providing sweeping views of a life well lived. The true heart of the book really began for me about halfway through with the letter Dear Cerberus, with the comparison of the three-headed dog to a man with whom Parker had a tumultuous relationship. From there the letters grow to encompass a firefighter, the uncle of her daughter and a man who is loved. This half of the book was just superb and I have re-read Dear Firefighter at least three times now. Dear Mr. You is not a typical Hollywood memoir in the best of ways.
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helenstam More than 1 year ago
Save your money. I wish I had bought this in hard copy instead of my Nook because I would've returned it. NOT my cup of tea.