luvluv reading, September 20, 2010 (view all comments by luvluv reading)
I am appalled that people liked this book. Read much? The writing is poor, but worse yet are the author's mean spirited demeanor and crass topics. Is this what we find amusing? There are so many well educated, intelligent authors out there who write beautifully, are funny, and don't step on "friends" to advance their own "humor". Very sad. Read David Sedaris and tell me one "friend" quoted or noted that would be hurt and/or embarrasssed by the prose.....none, right? Now read this book - would YOU be proud to be this woman's friend?
Get wise: Read books by real writers. Read books that would actually pass muster as a high school essay. Read books that don't dredge up crap (literally) to get laughs.
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S Settje, September 16, 2010 (view all comments by S Settje)
Ok, Seriously, how did I miss this book for so long? Thanks to Crosley I am now a permanent fan of the essay. I may not have grown up in the east and lived in NYC, but her essays are relatable to anyone who has suffered through summercamp, bad roommates, bad relationships or demon bosses. I will be back for more. What's the title of her next one?
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Hardly Audrey, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Hardly Audrey)
Funny enough that it can be picked up and read over and over again without being boring and always make you laugh. Every family member and friend I recommended it to loved it, I haven't heard a single bad review.
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Hardly Audrey, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Hardly Audrey)
Funny enough that it can be picked up and read over and over again without being boring. I recommended to everyone I know and haven't heard a single bad review from friends and family.
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titianlibrarian, October 23, 2008 (view all comments by titianlibrarian)
It's hard to find good thought-provoking essays these days, but I'm certainly not the first to come to this conclusion. Cristina Nehring's essay in August's Utne magazine, entitled "Why Essays are so Damned Boring," doesn't delve too far below the surface of this phenomenon, but her reasoning makes perfect sense. Basically, she says that essayists today are turning out (and editors are only printing) self-involved meditations on minor choices in life. The dramatic questions, the large-as-life issues are being passed over in favor of the documentation of small incidents (like a quiet evening spent at home). It's safer to print the petty things, it's easier to write about petty things and with Americans' shortened attention span, a quick essay recapping one's day is faster reading than an in-depth essay on the meaning of life.
I like Sloane Crosley. I like the language she uses and the way she can twist words slyly to fit her needs. I think she will mature into an excellent novelist or science writer. She can capture feelings and explain theories clearly and with a light touch. For example, regarding volunteerism: "Of course I had considered volunteering. I think that once you know what something is, you have considered it. I'm far too solipsistic not to apply myself to every scenario that crosses my path. I remember the day I found out what an enema was, what spelunking was, that Asian women plucked their underarm hair, that the Golden Gate Bridge was an iconic springboard for suicides. I immediately considered jumping off it" (117).
Unfortunately, in this collection all you can see is her harmless self-absorption and her shallow magazine-styled way of writing that has served her well in her career. I struggled to finish this, putting it down for weeks between essays.
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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.
by School Library Journal,
"A refreshing, original reflection on modern life."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"Witty and entertaining."
by Jonathan Ames, author of Wake Up, Sir!,
"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!"
by Jonathan Lethem, author of The Fortress of Solitude,
"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."
by Hartford Courant,
"Sloane Crosley is her own woman with her own voice, and as evidenced by this solid debut."
by Seattle Times,
"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."
by Christian Science Monitor,
"With her sparkling, fresh voice, Crosley is a talent worth watching."
by Miami Herald,
"Butterflies, crazy neighbors, abusive bosses and overworked locksmiths — none are safe from Sloane Crosley's wicked wit."
by Meghan Daum, author of My Misspent Youth and The Quality of Life Report,
"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."
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