By Isabella Biedenharn
Updated November 13, 2015 at 02:40 PM EST

Weeds actress Mary-Louise Parker’s long-awaited memoir, Dear Mr. You, is finally out. Parker is a lovely writer, and she tells her story through a series of letters to the men in her life: Everyone from her father to her onetime cab driver. Reading between the lines, a portrait of the author emerges. Listen to an exclusive clip from the moving chapter “Dear Oyster Picker,” in which Parker writes about the death of her father, below:

And as a bonus, here’s an exclusive shot of Parker and her children in the studio recording the audiobook: