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Look Alive Out There: Essays by Sloane…

Look Alive Out There: Essays (2018)

by Sloane Crosley

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Prior to reading this book of essays, I had never heard of Sloane Crosley. I chose to read it based on the glowing professional reviews. The reader reviews on Amazon were equally positive. I found the writing to be excellent. The essays are Dave Barry funny. My guess is Crosley is considered a writer who appeals more to women than men,and the balance of Amazon reviews supports that. Having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed each essay. It’s a quick one or two sitting read, good especially for reading between longer, more serious books. ( )
  DanDiercks | Jun 22, 2019 |
I really like Sloane Crosley. I was really happy to crack this collection of essays open. My favorite of her stories are the ones where life is going along and then just evolves into the absurd or embarrassing. I really can relate to her in those moments. Her writing is crisp - her wit is sharp. I think she is one of my favorite current writers. ( )
  alanna1122 | Jun 6, 2019 |
Sloane Crosley’s latest collection of essays, Look Alive Out There, combines comical anecdotes with some more heartfelt and personal stories. Crosley uses her sharp wit in describing her adventures as a typical New Yorker dealing with neighbor issues, a journalist stretched beyond her comfort zone in exotic locales, a guest on a popular television show, and a woman reckoning with fertility concerns. Some of the essays are funnier than others, but all might strike a chord of familiarity in those who use humor to cope with insecurity and life’s uncertainties. ( )
  jnmegan | Aug 13, 2018 |
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.
  HandelmanLibraryTINR | Jul 28, 2018 |
If you like Nora Ephron and David Sedaris, then you will love Sloane Crosley. I have read her previous essay books and her novel, but this collection is her best. She has what one reviewer calls" verbal facility" at the highest level. She is laugh out funny but in this collection she deals with more then mundane living in New York issues, but instead deals with health, having children, loneliness, growing older etc. She shows great insight into so many topics. One of her stories is about an adult 2nd cousin "Uncle Johnny" who was a famous porn star in the 70's and 80's and it was both touching and funny. Most of the essays are in the 15-20 page range but she has some 2-3 page ones that are perfect little gems. Humorous essays from good writers have a long history and if done well are remarkably entertaining and insightful. Crosley scores on both counts. So far one the best books I have read this year. ( )
  nivramkoorb | Jul 19, 2018 |
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In Look Alive Out There, whether it's scaling active volcanoes, crashing shivas, playing herself on Gossip Girl, befriending swingers, or squinting 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).… (more)

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