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I Was Told There'd Be Cake: Essays Paperback – April 1, 2008
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No? Then you're not like Sloane Crosley, the twenty-something author of I Was Told There'd Be Cake. This little book of wildly assorted essays is a kind of cubist blueprint for the young, well-off, well-educated New York woman. Crosley's writing is irreverent about her family ("I have never met two people more afraid of their house burning down than my parents") and particularly about her (we hope) well-disguised friends. She says of a pair of dinner guests: "Because there are no more hippies, you don't call them hippies. (But if you ever saw two people on a beach, gorging themselves on whole-wheat burritos and pot, picking sand out of each other's toes, and diving into the water naked, that would be them.)"
You may wonder whether you care about Sloane Crosley's observations on her short life to date. That's one question I can't answer for you.Read more ›
I was quite disappointed with the first few essays, and thought that maybe she was trying too hard. The essays are somewhat enjoyable, but she mixes a few too many clichés in with too few of her very original sentences.
But-- it was good enough to keep me reading, and I absolutely loved the "You On a Stick" essay about her being asked to be a bridesmaid in an old friend's wedding. Thoroughly enjoyable, and something many of us can relate to.
She's young and still finding her voice. My guess is that her next work will be an improvement and that we'll be hearing more from her.
She definitely is cool-- in that she is honest, and that she writes from her own perspective, not caring what might "sell."
This book to me, while disappointing overall, does show that she has the observational voice that we all love in the Sedarises and Burroughs of the world. Plus she has the ability to create unusual and entertaining phrases which you have to admire.
I'll definitely be watching her rise.
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Hysterical! It is a collection of short stories that are brilliantly told.Published 27 days ago by d.lancto
I got this book for a plane ride, so my bar was pretty damn low. I was sold just because she was compared to David Sedaris, so I expected a lot of dry, witty, humorous essays. Read morePublished 2 months ago by M. S.
Like others, I was drawn to this book because of David Sedaris' review (later discovered Crosley worked with him at one point - so I am sure it was a "you scratch my back, I'll... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Octavia Nix
My favorite collection of essays, by far. They go seamlessly from hilarious to heartbreaking.Published 4 months ago by Caleb
I read Sloane Crosley's second essay collection, "How Did You Get This Number?" three years ago and liked it, despite having been warned that "everybody" regards it... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Neurasthenic
So you have Sara Vowell, Fran Lebowitz, Nora Ephron, Calvin Trillin, and maybe even Chelsea Handler. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Pop Bop
Brilliantly self-deprecating, sublimely funny, and not recommended for reading on public transportation unless you enjoy receiving the side-eye from strangers. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Morgan Caulfield