I Was Told There'd Be Cake by Sloane Crosley
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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.
 

About Sloane Crosley

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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. Author website: myspace.com/iwastoldtheredbecake
 
Published April 1, 2008 by Riverhead Books. 244 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Her essays display the same exacting attention to detail as those of David Sedaris and an exuberance similar to Beth Lisick’s, along with a self-deprecating slant and appealing modesty all her own: “Should I get killed during the day…back in the apartment I never should have left, the bed has gon...

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I had worked out from internal evidence that she was young - according to Wikipedia, it's her 30th birthday tomorrow - but somehow knowing that she's young and doing ridiculously well for herself might make the older reader want to eat his or her own liver out of sheer envy.

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BC Books

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Throughout the 15 essays, Crosley takes us on a trip through some of her most hilarious and heartfelt experiences, both as a successful urban woman in New York City and as a self-conscious girl growing up in Westchester, NY ("I came to understand that being born and raised in suburbia makes it di...

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Suite 101

Crosley's Life is Like Ours, Only Funnier Throughout the 15 essays, Crosley takes some facet of everyday life and scrutinizes it is a way that makes you able to relate to her, even if the subject matter seems initially to come from way off in left field.

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Slate

Kezia and Nathaniel also find themselves en route to Paris, Kezia to secure a new clasp for her sociopathic boss’ signature design, Nathaniel because he has nothing better to do.

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About.com

The back cover of I Was Told There'd Be Cake says that "Sloane Crosley can do no right."

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Bookmarks Magazine

In her debut collection of essays, Sloane Crosley, the Associate Director of Publicity at Vintage/Anchor Books in New York, shares the ups and downs of her almost 30-something years.

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The Jewish Chronicle

And, after the original (Aryan), candidate is sent away from camp after breaking a toe, Crosley is honoured with the role of Mary.

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The Paris Review

But put it this way: if you're constantly trying to draw out larger meaning or pathos or even just base humor from a single experience merely because you find it amusing, you're going to get a lot of essays structured like this: “One day I saw a bunch of mice.

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