Dear Mr. You
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 ...more
OMG OMG OMG OMG! This book was perfection: the writing, the realness, the originality. The way the author chose to tell her story in letters, the males she chose to write letters to. Her emotion, her vulnerability, her poetry. All of it—perfect.
When I read a book this good, I want to hop—hop across the continents on a pogo stick. I just feel so jazzed. The docs would probably call it mania, but I am a maniac when it comes to this book. I don’t feel like I’m done listing the ...more
Wow! Your little book Dear Mr. You was quite the surprise. I know you’re a good actor, and your wit, quirkiness and strong character come through in your acting. But who knew that you’re such a powerful writer too? The concept sounded good. A series of letters written to men who have had an impact on your life. I thought it would be clever, but light and probably guarded. But – again – wow! It was kind of dark, risky, a bit twisted, very personal, often moving, sometimes funny, ...more
I have to be honest, I wasn't a fan. I hesitated picking this up but the timing was right. It is a book one can read in small sittings.
Thank you Mary Louis ...more
Mary Louise Parker-The Author.
When I first heard of Mary-Louise Parker's new book, the first thought that came to mind was, oh great just what we need another memoir from a celebrity that has probably nothing remotely interesting to say, wonderful... But oh how very mistaken I was!
If like me, you had similar thoughts, this review is my attempt to convince you Dear Fellow Reader, that Dear Mr. You is probably the furthest thing from a conventional celebrity memoir you can imagine ...more
Thank you soooo much Esil for your outstanding review - and to Scriber Publishing for the opportunity to read it myself. ( the book arrive today -and I read it today). It was an
indoor luxurious-wonderful-heartfelt rainy day reading experience ( Yes, it rains in California).
I enjoyed all the letters - and Mary Louise Parker can write like nobody's business.
I can't imagine the courage it took for her to n ...more
If I had to describe your book in a single word, what comes to mind is smart. A fresh approach to what though? I can't say I would categorize this as a memoir. It is a story of sorts but it isn't linear and it isn't fiction and at times it isn't even accessible, but the writing is moving and personal and surprisingly good. Reading it from start to finish didn't work so well for me. What started out as unique and interesting devolved into something that became difficult to stay en ...more
And what a delight it’s been to work my way through this powerful, funny, shocking and tear inducing memoir. It ...more
No names are named, just incredible writing. Parker often uses these essays to express what she has learned from life challenges, to ...more
I enjoyed reading several of her letters to the memorable men in her life.....Dear Big Feet and Dear Firefighter in particular, as well as the ones to her father and grandfather; and I really liked the format, but while some were great, often touching or laced with a bit of humor, others kind of rambled on or were a bit too risque causing me to lose interest and start skimming....more
For me, that’s Dear Mr. You in a nutshell.
The structure of this book is brilliant—it’s a series of letters from Parker to men who have affected her in various ways, from a cab driver she once mistreated, to a younger lover, to a relative of her adopted daughter. It’s part memoir, part rant, part me ...more
The letters are basically vignettes, dramatic scenes from Parker's life. There are incidents of sorrow, rage, love and joy. Some of the letters were very moving, and others rambled and were a bit boring. My favorite letters were the ones to her grandfather and father.
"Dear Mr. You" is raw and funny, sad, emotional... it wi ...more
An unexpected delight.
Raw, passionate, intimate, quirky - oh so quirky!, interesting, surprising, realistic and yet dream-like, Dear Mr You has got to be one of the most spellbinding books I've read.
While it feels deeply personal to Mary-Louise Parker, it's not a memoir/biography per se, as I see it classified by some. So just for the sake of labelling, I'll call it literary pseudo-memoir. Because, sure, it's got some biographical details, more like memories, inter ...more
I'm sure I'm not the only one who has wondered just how much actors are like the characters they portray. Yes, I know that they're acting, but sometimes you wonder if particular roles hew a little closer to a particular actor's personality.
I've been a fan of Mary-Louise Parker's since I saw her in Prelude to a Kiss on Broadw ...more
My favorite ...more
Updated Sunday May 29, 2016 ... click through to this review of Dear Mr. You ... Kelli's review is absolutely brilliant! This says it all, might even be better than the book itself!
Once again I’m off the grid, maybe in the weeds on a very popular read, cutting against the grain of seemingly endless praise and admiration for this book. It was a nice little read, don’t get me wrong, but I simply did not feel the four or five star emotional engagemen ...more
I never got into the show Weeds and outside of that, had very limited knowledge of Mary-Louise Parker. I really enjoyed this book, and her writing, which to me felt like a constant alternation between short sentences and longer ones that seemed to run on, but didn't "feel" like run-ons - they j ...more
Gotta say it, love love love Mary-Louise Parker.
I'm not entirely certain she sold me on her epistolary memoir Dear Mr. You. It was at times breathtakingly original, and there were certain instances when I was totally convinced she'd have no problem making a career change to writer. I'm giving this 3 stars thanks to one brilliant homage to her father, "Dear Oyster Picker", which deserves all the stars for a moving tribute to a great man. The rest, however, was a creative mishmash, no ...more
“I wrote about us while you were away in a notebook that eve ...more
I’ve really been thinking a lot about this review. First off I am a fan of Mary Louise Parker’s acting ever since first seeing her in Fried Green Tomatoes I was very excited to receive a copy of this book for review, especially after reading the first really glowing reviews. I started to read it as soon as I was approved.
I think I approached it with an open mind. The first couple of letters were interesting to read. Her writing ...more
I got about 25% of the way through this book before deciding to call it quits. Mary-Louise Parker certainly has talent, and many other reviewers are enjoying this book, but I just found my mind wandering -- much as the stream-of-consciousness narrative in this book.
The book's premise sounded fascinating. Instead of the standard celebrity tell-all, this book would be a thoughtful collection of letters (unmailed) Ms. Parker had written to me ...more
I almost hate to admit how shocked I was by the actress' way with words. I mean, I had seen all of the 5 star ratings and the reviews raving about this little book, but I wasn't expecting it to be so poetic and beautifully written. In fact, I am so impressed that I don't think I will refer to Mary-Louise Parker as an actress anymore. No, she is officia ...more
I absolutely loved Dear Mr. You. I checked my copy out from the library and loved it so much I ordered my own so I could revisit certain letters from time to time. In her book, Mary-Louise Parker writes letters to various men she has encountered in her life, some that she was very close to like her father and grandfather, and others that she only interacted with briefly, such as a basketball player in the hospital when she was visiting her own sick father and a 9-11 firefighter. The res ...more
The novel is a book of letters to men in her life. Most of them are almost love letters. In all of them, she is brutally honest about herself. She takes responsibilities and ownership for her failings. ...more
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