Look Alive Out There by Sloane Crosley
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Crosley may suffer from balance issues, but not in her writing. She has that rare ability to treat scrapes with sardonic humor and inject serious subjects with levity and hijinks with real feeling...
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"Sloane Crosley does the impossible. She stays consistently funny and delivers a book that is alive and jumping." ― Steve Martin  
From the New York Times-bestselling author Sloane Crosley comes Look Alive Out There―a brand-new collection of essays filled with her trademark hilarity, wit, and charm. The characteristic heart and punch-packing observations are back, but with a newfound coat of maturity. A thin coat. More of a blazer, really.
Fans of I Was Told There'd Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number know Sloane Crosley's life as a series of relatable but madcap misadventures. In Look Alive Out There, whether it's playing herself on Gossip Girl,scaling active volcanoes, crashing shivas, befriending swingers, or staring down the barrel of the fertility gun, Crosley continues to rise to the occasion with unmatchable nerve and electric one-liners. And as her subjects become more serious, her essays deliver not just laughs but lasting emotional heft and insight. Crosley has taken up the gauntlets thrown by her predecessors--Dorothy Parker, Nora Ephron, David Sedaris--and crafted something rare, affecting, and true.
Look Alive Out There arrives on the tenth anniversary of I Was Told There'd be Cake, and Crosley's essays have managed to grow simultaneously more sophisticated and even funnier. And yet she's still very much herself, and it's great to have her back--and not a moment too soon (or late, for that matter).
 

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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 3, 2018 by MCD. 258 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Jan 22 2018

An appearance on the canceled Gossip Girl might seem dated if it weren’t so perceptive on various levels of celebrity and the stereotypes that public figures adopt...A smart, droll essay collection that is all over the map but focused by Crosley’s consistently sharp eye.

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Star Tribune

Above average
Reviewed by Katy Read on Apr 06 2018

But so what if you don’t read Crosley’s essays for universal human truths? Read them because, when life is like a long drive on I-80 west of Omaha, you want a clever, funny friend along for the ride.

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Good
Reviewed by Heller McAlpin on Apr 03 2018

Crosley may suffer from balance issues, but not in her writing. She has that rare ability to treat scrapes with sardonic humor and inject serious subjects with levity and hijinks with real feeling...

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