I Was Told There'd Be Cake

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I Was Told There'd Be Cake

Format:  Paperback,

230 pages

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Publish Date: Apr 2008

ISBN-13: 9781594483066

ISBN-10: 159448306X

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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."

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Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: Apr 2008
ISBN-13: 9781594483066
ISBN-10: 159448306X
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 230
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.45
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 8.0 x 0.75

Chapter outline

The Pony Problemp. 1
Christmas Injulyp. 9
The Ursula Cookiep. 29
Bring-Your-Machete-to-Work Dayp. 53
The Good People of This Dimensionp. 59
Bastard Out of Westchesterp. 67
The Beauty of Strangersp. 85
Fuck You, Columbusp. 91
One-Night Bouncep. 99
Sign Language for Infidelsp. 115
You on a Stickp. 141
The Height of Luxuryp. 181
Smell Thisp. 189
Lay Like Broccolip. 207
Fever Fakerp. 213

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2008-10-15)

Vintage Books publicist Crosley (sloanecrosley. com) is a modern diarist with attitude, at once opinionated, witty, and raw. Her personality and spark lend her reading of her own debut essay collection intimacy and authenticity, as though she were the listener's friend dishing over a cup of tea. Highly recommended for public library nonfiction collections.

[Audio clip available through us.penguin group.com; HBO recently optioned the rights to the Riverhead Nb original, a New York Times best seller described as "a refreshing, original reflection on modern life recommended for public libraries", LJ 2/15/08.--Ed.] - Judith Robinson, Dept. of Library & Information Studies, Univ. at Buffalo

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Thurber Prize, 2009 (United States)

Book description

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.

Customer Product Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5★ by 1reviewer.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Excellent The was a great and quick read which kept me laughing. I highly recommend this book--I couldn't put it down! 05/25/2008
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