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Staff Pick

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.
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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.

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"A refreshing, original reflection on modern life." School Library Journal

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"Witty and entertaining." Kirkus Reviews

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"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!

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"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

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"Sloane Crosley is her own woman with her own voice, and as evidenced by this solid debut." Hartford Courant

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"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

Review:

"With her sparkling, fresh voice, Crosley is a talent worth watching." Christian Science Monitor

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"Butterflies, crazy neighbors, abusive bosses and overworked locksmiths — none are safe from Sloane Crosley's wicked wit." Miami Herald

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"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

Synopsis:

Wry, hilarious, and profoundly genuine, this debut collection of literary essays from Sloane Crosley 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 who aims 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.

Sloane Crosley is also the author of How Did You Get This Number.

 

Synopsis:

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.

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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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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Product Details

ISBN:
9781594483066
Author:
Crosley, Sloane
Publisher:
Riverhead Books
Author:
Smith, Courtney
Author:
Smith, Courtney E.
Author:
Lancaster, Jen
Subject:
Form - Essays
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
General Music
Subject:
Humor-Anthologies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20080431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 240 pages Riverhead Books - English 9781594483066 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

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.

"Review" by , "A refreshing, original reflection on modern life."
"Review" by , "Witty and entertaining."
"Review" by , "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!"
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "Sloane Crosley is her own woman with her own voice, and as evidenced by this solid debut."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "With her sparkling, fresh voice, Crosley is a talent worth watching."
"Review" by , "Butterflies, crazy neighbors, abusive bosses and overworked locksmiths — none are safe from Sloane Crosley's wicked wit."
"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by ,
Wry, hilarious, and profoundly genuine, this debut collection of literary essays from Sloane Crosley 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 who aims 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.

Sloane Crosley is also the author of How Did You Get This Number.

 

"Synopsis" by ,
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.

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