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I Was Told There'd Be Cake (2008)

by Sloane Crosley

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Biography & Autobiography. Essays. Nonfiction. Humor (Nonfiction.) HTML:Hailed by David Sedaris as "perfectly, relentlessly funny" and by Colson Whitehead as "sardonic without being cruel, tender without being sentimental," from the author of the new collection Look Alive Out There
/> 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 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.… (more)
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A fun little book. Crosley has a great voice all her own, though I wasn't so sure of that in the beginning. She won me over pretty quickly during the first story. She needs to grow a bit as a writer and I'd love to see her family more fully fleshed out. They seem mere caricatures in this book. But overall a fun summer read that you can finish pretty quickly. ( )
  gonzocc | Mar 31, 2024 |
She was getting on my nerves ( )
  SBG1962 | May 24, 2023 |
Funny but not brilliant. These essays showcase the authors personality. Some people will love that personality and other like me, aren't going to be great fans. Passable entertainment, with a few moments of insight. Some of the metaphors are fresh, but the humour or the point of view did not particularly blow me away. ( )
  SwatiRavi | Jun 27, 2022 |
Surprisingly I knew who Sloane Crosley was before I read this. Weird right? Anyway I usually enjoy essays and memoirs I just couldn't completely get behind Crosley's humor. Everything that happened seemed over emphasized and funnier than it really should have been. I know authors tend to over-embellish when they write non-fiction humor but I felt like Crosley went one step over.

I did find her essay on her first horrible boss humorous as, it was something we can all relate to, but after that we seem to loose touch with each other on things to connect on. Maybe because I never lived in New York so I did not understand the hustle and bustle. Either way, this was not a bad book at all, it just honestly seemed like I read it all before. ( )
  Lattes_Literature | Dec 23, 2021 |
This has something to do with postfeminism. I'm pretty sure. Infinitely better than Eat Pray Love. She is a bad postfeminist. I think this chick is good at it. But its also just like young lady's David Sedaris. A delightful read, yes. ( )
  mayalekach | Sep 25, 2021 |
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As most New Yorkers have done, I have given serious and generous thought to the state of my apartment should I get killed during the day.
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Biography & Autobiography. Essays. Nonfiction. Humor (Nonfiction.) HTML:Hailed by David Sedaris as "perfectly, relentlessly funny" and by Colson Whitehead as "sardonic without being cruel, tender without being sentimental," from the author of the new collection Look Alive Out There
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 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.

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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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