Mary Laura Philpott

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Mary Laura Philpott is an essayist and contributor to publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, McSweeney's, and Lit Hub. She is also the author of the humor book Penguins with People Problems; the editor of Musing, the online magazine produced by Parnassus Books; and an Emmy-winning co-host of the interview show A Word on Words. (Eleanor Roosevelt shows up on her Instagram occasionally: @marylauraphilpott)


Cover Photo: Eleanor Roosevelt, a very good pup
The Literary Pet of the Month is Eleanor Roosevelt

Unlike our longest-serving First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt the Dog was the shortest-serving bookshop dog.