Dear Mr. You

We’re happy to support debut authors, including Mary-Louise Parker with Dear Mr. You.

by Mary-Louise Parker

Quick take

Whether or not you're a fan of Parker's, you'll be enthralled by the honesty with which she reveals herself, even—or especially—at her worst moments.

Why I love it

In an era when the term "celebrity memoir" has become code for "ghost-written washed-over boilerplate," Mary-Louise Parker's new book stands out as an exception to the rule. The book is a collection of letters to the men who shaped her life, and while each of the letters are ostensibly about a man, together they reveal more about the author than they do the subjects. And Park...

Member thoughts

48% Love
33% Like
17% Dislike
  • Katy Beth C.

    Takoma Park, MD

    "Mary-Louise Parker's writing style is incredibly easy to read while also being thought provoking. The essay "Dear Oyster Picker" had be sobbing."

  • Crystal W.


    "Loved this. Have considered writing my own memoir towards people in my life with initial form instead of "Dear...". It shows that she's really been through a lot in her life, very empowering. "

  • Melissa H.

    Collingswood, NJ

    "Some sections were better than others, but her writing was very smart and really draws you in. Final story was my favorite."

  • Maria B.

    Richmond, VT

    "Honest, funny, relatebale, heartfelt. I loved it!"

  • Myla T.

    Kansas City, MO

    "I did not expect to love this one so much. It is a great concept and I would highly recommend. "

  • Stacy G.

    Los Angeles, CA

    "Probably between 'like' and 'love', but it was a quick, often funny and thought provoking read. "

  • Ellen T.

    Bangor, ME

    "LOVED it!"

  • Rachel G.

    Brooklyn, NY

    "I read this a while ago now but remember really connecting to some of the letters. The book is filled with a lot of emotion. Good read. "

  • Noa H.

    La Canada, CA

    "Thought this was fantastic......Mary-Louise Parker can write!"

  • Shana S.

    Newbury Park, CA

    "I felt as if I knew the author personally; the tone of her writing style is as unique as she is. Her experiences are told with such honesty, wit, depth, and lovely nostalgia. Prepare to be inspired."

  • Lauren H.

    San Diego, CA

    "Each Christmas, my husband finds a signed first edition of my favorite book that I read that year. This was that book this year. I laughed, I cried, I was spellbound. MLP is a powerhouse."