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I Was Told There'd Be Cakeby Sloane Crosley
Funny, charming, and self-effacing, Sloane Crosley's essays will resonate with you, whether or not you grew up playing Oregon Trail on the computer or have ever locked yourself out of your house — twice in the same day. Crosley's voice is uniquely irreverent, making I Was Told There'd Be Cake a perfect summer read.
Synopses & Reviews
Wry, hilarious, and profoundly genuine, this debut collection of literary essays is a celebration of fallibility and haplessness in all their glory. From despoiling an exhibit at the Natural History Museum to provoking the ire of her first boss to siccing the cops on her mysterious neighbor, Crosley can do no right despite the best of intentions — or perhaps because of them. Together, these essays create a startlingly funny and revealing portrait of a complex and utterly recognizable character that's aiming for the stars but hits the ceiling, and the inimitable city that has helped shape who she is. I Was Told There'd Be Cake introduces a strikingly original voice, chronicling the struggles and unexpected beauty of modern urban life.
"A refreshing, original reflection on modern life." School Library Journal
"Witty and entertaining." Kirkus Reviews
"Charming, elegant, wise, and comedic, these essays absolutely sparkle and entertain. Sloane Crosley is a 21st century Dorothy Parker, and this book is a gem and heralds a wry new voice in American letters. Gorgeous writing, outrageous humor-it's all here!" Jonathan Ames, author of Wake Up, Sir!
"Sloane Crosley is another mordant and mercurial wit from the realm of Sedaris and Vowell. What makes her so funny is that she seems to be telling the truth, helplessly." Jonathan Lethem, author of The Fortress of Solitude
"Sloane Crosley is her own woman with her own voice, and as evidenced by this solid debut." Hartford Courant
"Crosley's tone and style definitely take a page out of humor-writer David Sedaris' book. She's ironic, droll and self-pillorying and, like Sedaris, she manages to balance passages that are laugh-out-loud funny with others that are both touching and resonant." Seattle Times
"With her sparkling, fresh voice, Crosley is a talent worth watching." Christian Science Monitor
"Butterflies, crazy neighbors, abusive bosses and overworked locksmiths — none are safe from Sloane Crosley's wicked wit." Miami Herald
"Whether you're involved in a love/hate relationship with just yourself or with the entire world, these essays will charm the pants off you — but not so as you'll feel violated. Sloane Crosley is bright and funny and enchanting. This is a sparkling debut." Meghan Daum, author of My Misspent Youth and The Quality of Life Report
The book June Cleaver would have written if she spent more time drinking and less time vacuuming
As a girl, Una LaMarche was as smart as she was awkward. She was blessed with a precocious intellect, a love of all things pop culture, and eyebrows bushier than Frida Kahlos. Adversity made her stronger...and funnier. In UNABROW, Una shares the cringe-inducing lessons shes learned from a life as a late bloomer, including the seven deadly sins of DIY bangs, how not to make your own jorts, and how to handle pregnancy, plucking, and the rites of passage during which your own body is your worst frenemy.
A laugh-out-loud debut novel that will delight fans of Bridget Joness Diary and HBOs Girls
Love by the Book charts a year in the life of Lauren Cunningham, a beautiful, intelligent, and unlucky-in-love twenty-eight-year-old American. Feeling old before her time, Lauren moves to London in search of the fab single life replete with sexy Englishmen. But why cant she convince the men shes seeing that she really isnt after anything more serious than seriously good sex? Determined to break the curse, Lauren turns her love life into an experiment: each month she will follow a different dating guide until she discovers the science behind being a siren. Lauren will follow The Rules, shell play The Game, and along the way shell journal her (mis)adventures and maybe even find someone worth holding on to. Witty, gritty, and very true to life, Love by the Book will have you in stitches.
About the Author
Sloane Crosley's essays and criticism have appeared in the New York Times, New York Observer, the Village Voice, Playboy, Teen Vogue, Salon, Black Book, Radar, Maxim, and The Believer. She is also the Associate Director of Publicity at Vintage/Anchor Books in New York.
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