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.
Sloane Crosley is the author of the bestsellers How Did You Get This Number and I Was Told There'd Be Cake, which was a finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor. Her 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 lives in New York City.
i received this book as a gift and thought it was hilarious. i laughed outloud while reading it. i didn't buy it on overstock but was looking on overstock to buy it as a gift for others. its not the type of book i usually read, but i enjoyed it a lot!
The title is funny and the mention in Entertainment Weekly sounded promising but this book just never got going. All the stories started out with promise and then either went on way too long or just ended up nowhere. There are a lot of these types of "memoir" books out there David Sederis, Haven Kimmel to name a few, but I this one is not in th same league. If you want a really funny laugh out loud read, check out "Dark at the Roots" by Sarah Thyre. That is a funny book.
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