Dear Mr. You is composed of letters that Mary-Louise Parker has written to the men in her life, such as her grandfather that she never knew, old boyfriends, teachers, the uncle of the daughter that she adopted, and a fireman that she ran into on 9/11. The glowing reviews of Dear Mr. You piqued my interest, but I didn't expect to like the book so much because it was written by a celebrity. The writing is written in the second person, as in written to "you" and it is honest, sad, funny, deep, heartfelt, intimate, touching, and raw. Dear Mr. You is the kind of book that you can pick up from time to time and just read a chapter or two. There is something to be gleaned from each reading. I especially liked the letter that Parker writes to her daughter's future husband, "Dear Future Man Who Loves My Daughter," which is spot-on and such loving advice to give! The final letter in the book is written to an oyster picker, hence the oyster that is pictured on the front, but it is a tribute to Parker's father. I heartily recommend Dear Mr. You!
Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience by Shaun Usher and Women's Letters: America from the Revolutionary War to the Present by Lisa Grunwald.
Reviewed by Joan