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I Was Told There'd Be Cake (original 2010; edition 2008)

by Sloane Crosley

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Title:I Was Told There'd Be Cake
Authors:Sloane Crosley
Info:Riverhead Trade (2008), Edition: 3rd Print, Paperback, 240 pages
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I Was Told There'd Be Cake by Sloane Crosley (2010)

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Pretty funny - especially if you live in NYC! ( )
  KatieCarella | Apr 12, 2014 |
Funny overall...the story about The Oregon Trail deserves 5 stars! ( )
  goet0095 | Mar 27, 2014 |
I wouldn't rush out to borrow or buy this volume. If you enjoy this kind of humor, try Augustin Burroughs. Some of the essays are funny and telling; most are just so-so. ( )
  Betty.Ann.Beam | Mar 1, 2014 |
Sloane Crosley has an entertaining voice, but on the whole her essays tend to have more words than either ideas or incidents. While she might be one of the more entertaining guests at the party, that doesn't mean her stories have that much more substance than those of any other intelligent, articulate, but largely untested young American. Other contemporary essayists like David Sedaris or David Rakoff are able to take sometimes slight subjects and to animate them with greater urgency and wit. Barring a development of style, one might hope that something truly interesting happens to Crosley so she can relate tales a bit meatier than the origin of her first name, her most dreadful NYC apartment move, or her brush with an almost-serious illness. As someone else observed of the book, it is very much like listening to a friend tell stories over drinks at a bar. That might be a lure for some, but while drinking can do wonders to elevate overlong stories into amusing anecdotes, it more often impairs one's comprehension while reading. ( )
  phredfrancis | Feb 8, 2014 |
I found Crosley's writing only very mildly funny, which is a big problem in a book of supposedly humorous essays. Most of the subject matter didn't seem particularly noteworthy, and the author came across as the average spoiled kid from the NYC suburbs. On the other hand, I definitely felt compelled to keep reading. ( )
  thatotter | Feb 6, 2014 |
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A collection of essays by best-selling author Sloane Crosley, that recounts many of her personal adventures.
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Wry, hilarious, and profoundly genuine, this debut collection of literary essays 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 that's aiming 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.

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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 that's aiming for the stars but hits the ceiling, and the inimitable city that has helped shape who she is.--From publisher description.… (more)

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