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How Did You Get This Number by Sloane…

How Did You Get This Number (original 2010; edition 2010)

by Sloane Crosley

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Title:How Did You Get This Number
Authors:Sloane Crosley
Info:Riverhead Hardcover (2010), Hardcover, 288 pages
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The charming and relentless Ms. Crosley is perhaps slightly off her game in this avowedly "darker" follow-up to her surprise hit I WAS TOLD THERE'D BE CAKE. She can be both funny and thoughtful, all right, but that extra level of piercing self-awareness that elevates reflections like these into literary Valhalla is nowhere evident. She's better when she's kind of bitchy, less so when she's philosophical.
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  MikeLindgren51 | Aug 7, 2018 |
Amusing, frequently well-observed, and occasionally smug, musings of a 20-something privileged white girl, who at least displays some self-awareness. ( )
  katiekrug | Dec 21, 2017 |
This is a funny, thoughtful, insightful group of personal essays. You'll experience the wilds of Alaska with a bridal party, explore the streets of Lisbon with mimes, and acquire some fancy furniture at a very very steep discount - among others. The author does a fantastic job of getting herself into these zany situations, and in the process of getting out of them she discovers a lot about herself and the world around her. I really enjoyed each and every essay, and I had to keep reminding myself that they were non-fiction. ( )
  BooksForYears | Mar 31, 2016 |
Still funny, but the highs weren't as high as they were in [b:I Was Told There'd Be Cake|2195289|I Was Told There'd Be Cake|Sloane Crosley|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1311282474s/2195289.jpg|2201026]. No fits of helpless giggling with this one, just a mildly amused "heh" every now and again. ( )
  BraveNewBks | Mar 10, 2016 |
Humorist Crosley has written 9 essays about various areas of her life in her latest book. Several chapters deal with her travels - Portugal, Paris, Alaska - where she had numerous ineresting adventures. Some of the essays touch on her younger life, an especially poignant one being the tale of middle school queen of popularity Zooey who, after a brief friendship with Sloane (mostly due to a secret Sloane learned about Zooey and agreed not to blab) became rather bully-like to Sloane even to the point of vaguely threatening notes (of the cut out letters and glued to paper sort) left in her locker. Years later Sloane would run into Zooey in a NYC restaurant bathroom and although Zooey was still knock-out gorgeous her life had been anything but beautiful. Sloane's trip to Paris was highlighted by a sudden impulse in Notre Dame to go to confession although she is a nice Jewish girl. The last essay deals with a romantic heartbreak that Sloane tries to recover from by buying not entirely-legal home furnishings (including a pink velvet tuffet) for her new apartment. Of course the material things don't help but Sloane learns an important lesson: "Time grabs you by the scruff of your neck and drags you forward. The worst day of your life wasn't in there, in that mess. And it will do you good to remember the best day of your life wasn't in there, either. But another person brought you closer to those borders than you had been, and maybe that's not such a bad thing. Knowing what you can afford is useful information, evenif you don't want it." ( )
  Ellen_R | Jan 15, 2016 |
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Crosley's easy, charming voice in the face of minor suffering or potential drudgery has been described as a mix between Dorothy Parker and David Sedaris. In these hilarious and insightful essays, she packs up her sensibility and takes readers with her to Paris, to Portugal (where she falls in with a group of Portuguese clowns), and to Alaska (where she discovers wearing bear bells is a matter of self-defense). Then it's back to New York, where new apartments beckon and taxi rides go awry.… (more)

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