With guest host Jane Clayson.
Actress Mary-Louise Parker, star of “Weeds,” writes a series of letters to men and makes it her first book. She’s with us.
Actress Mary-Louise Parker is a luminary of the stage and the small screen: “Weeds”, “Angels in America”, “The West Wing”, and the Broadway play “Proof”. She’s out with her first book to dazzling reviews. A series of letters to the men who made an impression on her life- from father, to exes, to the future man who will date her daughter. Her prose is funny, poetic. It cautiously reveals some of the dramas- both tabloid and painfully private- that have made her who she is today. This hour, On Point, award-winning actress Mary-Louise Parker on her first book: “Dear Mr. You”.
-- Jane Clayson
From The Reading List
New York Times: In ‘Dear Mr. You,’ Mary-Louise Parker Writes to Men, With Lust and Rue — "The book is written in a smart, beguiling voice that is inextricably entwined with qualities that Ms. Parker radiates as an actress. There’s as much flintiness as reckless charm. Flirtation and mischief are big parts of her arsenal. So is the honest soul-searching that gives this slight-looking book much more heft than might be expected."
ELLE: The Many Lives and Love Affairs of Mary-Louise Parker -- "In this age of rah-rah sisterhood, a book in praise of men feels almost out of step. But Parker isn't so much interested in the Zeitgeist. She abhors social media, doesn't keep up with the news ('Bill Cosby from The Cosby Show?' she says, confused, when the subject of his rape allegations come up), and is impervious to bandwagons."
Esquire: My Dad, My Boy — "My children may never see me hunched over a checkbook and sense my mounting panic, as I saw you. May never come home late and find me in the street armed with a shovel and watch in horror as I take the driver of the car by the neck when liquor is smelled on him. They will watch me make much of their tiny victories and see me hold a grudge until my last breath if someone treats them cruelly. This is your family I am running here. I can't take credit for more than remembering to point to you when I do something right and for continuing to put one foot in front of the other when I lose heart."
Read An Excerpt Of "Dear Mr. You" By Mary-Louise Parker
Mary-Louise Parker Reads "Dear Future Man Who Loves My Daughter"
This program aired on November 12, 2015.