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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,270 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sloane Crosley Narrator: Sloane Crosley Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9781101155035
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From the author of the sensational bestseller I Was Told There'd Be Cake comes a new book of personal essays brimming with all the charm and wit that have earned Sloane Crosley widespread acclaim, award nominations, and an ever-growing cadre of loyal fans. In Cake readers were introduced to the foibles of Crosley's life in New York City-always teetering between the glamour of Manhattan parties, the indignity of entry-level work, and the special joy of suburban nostalgia-and to a literary voice that mixed Dorothy Parker with David Sedaris and became something all its own.

Crosley still lives and works in New York City, but she's no longer the newcomer for whom a trip beyond the Upper West Side is a big adventure. She can pack up her sensibility and takes us with her to Paris, to Portugal (having picked it by spinning a globe and putting down her finger, and finally falling in with a group of Portuguese clowns), and even to Alaska, where the "bear bells" on her fellow bridesmaids' ponytails seemed silly until a grizzly cub dramatically intrudes. Meanwhile, back in New York, where new apartments beckon and taxi rides go awry, her sense of the city has become more layered, her relationships with friends and family more complicated.

As always, Crosley's voice is fueled by the perfect witticism, buoyant optimism, flair for drama, and easy charm in the face of minor suffering or potential drudgery. But in How Did You Get This Number it has also become increasingly sophisticated, quicker and sharper to the point, more complex and lasting in the emotions it explores. And yet, Crosley remains the unfailingly hilarious young Everywoman, healthily equipped with intelligence and poise to fend off any potential mundanity in maturity.

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  • A worthy successor to Crosley's well-received debut, I Was Told There'd Be Cake...Most of the book is funny, some of it even laugh-out-loud, but her literary gifts go well beyond easy laughs. The humor flows naturally and subtly from characters and situations, as if these were real-life short stories. 'An Abbreviated Catalog of Tongues,' which initially seems to be a perfunctory pet essay, yet turns revelatory in a number of directions, addressing everything from sibling relationships to her parents' religion...Perhaps the finest essay is the final one, 'Off the Back of a Truck,' a clever, challenging piece from which the book takes its title. Initially about wanting what you can't afford, it transforms into an exploration of receiving what you want that you can't afford, through means that you're only partially willing to admit are pretty shady. Ultimately, though, it becomes a meditation on a romance that forces Crosley to come to terms with a truth she'd suspected and the lie she was living. It's the least humorous of the collection, but the most unflinchingly true. Confirmation of the promise shown in the author's bestselling debut. Kirkus, starred review "In her first collection of essays, I Was Told There'd Be Cake, Crosley revealed herself as the kind of writer with whom readers could be friends. You could exchange travel stories or compare descriptions of the odor of a NYC taxicab, and you could probably make her laugh, too. In Crosley's new book, she maintains her humor but inflects it wit ha sense of melancholy. In the manner of David Sedaris and Sarah Vowell, Crosley tells us about European vacation disasters, the inexhaustible nuances of life in New York, and playing the role of bridesmaid...in Alaska. Here even more personal and reflective than in her prior writing, Crosley saves the best for last with the beautifully layered 'Off the Back of a Truck,' which also contains the inspiration for the books title...Her ability to be at once so familiar and still surprise us is really showcased here. Smart, clever, and frank, Crosley's stories are as intimate, and embarrassingly eccentric, as the thoughts we keep to ourselves.

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 2/18/2014

    " I really enjoy Crosley's writing, its light, smart and funny. She takes everyday situations and makes them interesting. I felt like I was right there with her.As a reader you meet so many great characters along the way, and Crosley seems to have these amazing adventures, in which I wish I found myself wishing she would take me on with her The last chapter of this book surprised me, when it took a more serious turn and you felt what she felt, and felt for her. She described perfectly what it feels like post break up, just in one scene. . I will look for more of her books for sure!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/8/2014

    " Loving this! So funny and so insightful: exactly my kind of writer! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kat Foley | 1/4/2014

    " One of the best (funniest) I've ever read. The type of book where, when you are done reading, you are depressed to find the author doesn't have anything else published yet. I Was Told There'd Be Cake is also incredible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 12/13/2013

    " Really well-written essays about . . . . . I forget. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 12/5/2013

    " First story quite funny....laugh out loud funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Imran | 11/24/2013

    " This was on par with her first book but really picks up near the end. The last chapter took this book from mediocrity to substantial. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Linda S | 11/16/2013

    " I couldn't even finish the book. Some stories were okay, but some were just downright bad so after 80 pages, I just quit reading and moved on to another book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meagan Cameira | 11/5/2013

    " Not as funny as sedaris but there were some good stories. Just ok. Expected more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marianne | 10/29/2013

    " No one is more surprised than me that I liked HDYGTN even more than IWTTBC. My commute to work is much sadder without Sloane to keep me company. I mean that to be as creepy as it sounds. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 10/20/2013

    " I read the first book of essays by this woman so I was hopeful about this one. It was an enjoyable quick read that covered travel, dating, personal neurosis, and lots in between. She apparently works for a publishing company so I found I identified with many of her thoughts on the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christy | 9/21/2013

    " I loved these effortlessly-written essays. It was like talking to your hilarious best friend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krissy | 9/3/2013

    " Started out boring and slow. Not as good as the other book she wrote. But I got really into it by the end. Worth reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Coco | 8/10/2013

    " Great stories, mediocre essays. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juliana | 5/9/2013

    " Really enjoyed the short essays! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Gray | 5/8/2013

    " Already in the second essay, I have laughed out loud more than in most humor books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rheannon | 4/14/2013

    " Still not sure exactly why they put a bear on the cover but I LOVE Sloane Crosley. Very funny and very real. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 3/29/2013

    " Totally fun read, only takes a few hours. Crosley's been called a female David Sedaris--she's not quite there, but she's pretty funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nex | 12/25/2012

    " I really enjoyed reading this book. At first i wasn't sure but with each story I fell more and more in like with this author. I want to go have a beer with her and to read more of her books. To get her and David Sedaris in a room together just to hear them tell stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Vrabel | 10/30/2012

    " Best. Dedication. Ever. And this collection of stories is best summed up by Bookmarks Magazine: "No doubt about it, Crosley is funny." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 9/7/2012

    " Some parts of this book had me laughing out loud. In other sections I was tempted to skip pages. Despite being hit-or-miss, I still enjoyed the book overall and will put her previous title, "I was Told There's be Cake", on my wishlist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhea Krieg | 7/14/2012

    " I really liked this audiobook, the author's dry sense of humor make me laugh out loud in the car...other drivers think I'm nutz :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carolyn | 7/1/2012

    " Sloane Crosley is funny, but she was much funnier in "I was Told There'd Be Cake". I'm glad I didn't pay full price for this book b/c if i had I would be mad right now instead of mildly irritated. Disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 6/4/2012

    " good stories, but not as laugh-out-loud funny as i had hoped for. i wish you could give 1/2 stars here! 3 1/2 stars! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LaLa | 2/17/2012

    " Sometimes i find Crosley so funny i cannot bear it and sometimes i find her boring. I think it depends on the mood i am in, not which chapter i am reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Valko | 2/4/2012

    " Funny amusing essays but not out of this ballpark. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grey | 1/11/2012

    " Better that her first book, in my opinion. I like Crosley's witty approach, and her style has matured. As much as I want her to be a better writer than she is, reading her writing makes me want to be a better writer too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 11/27/2011

    " I really enjoyed listening to her first book and am looking forward to this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanna | 11/17/2011

    " I liked her first book better than this one (I was told there'd be cake) but this was still enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alisha | 5/24/2011

    " This was good, but I was a bit disappointed reading it right after I Was Told There'd Be Cake. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachael | 5/24/2011

    " I think this collection of essays is actually better than her first - but less funny. In many ways, it reads very much like David Sedaris when he's at his best. Funny but also sad. Sharp but also lost. Several essays were really killer, like Fell Off The Truck. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leah | 5/9/2011

    " Mildly entertaining, but not nearly as funny as her debut("I Was Told There'd Be Cake"). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 5/6/2011

    " Have not read any of her other books and doubt I will after reading this. Some essays were more interesting/amusing than others. I suspect I am just not a big fan of chick lit.
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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary Lynn | 4/27/2011

    " I liked her first book but I think I'm over her. Or maybe I'm not relating anymore? I don't know but just couldn't get into this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 4/19/2011

    " Almost as fantastic as I Was Told There'd Be Cake, but totally awesome all the same. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LaLa | 3/31/2011

    " Sometimes i find Crosley so funny i cannot bear it and sometimes i find her boring. I think it depends on the mood i am in, not which chapter i am reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 3/28/2011

    " I really enjoyed Crosley's first book band expected this one to be just as funny but there is a melancholy feel to this book that made it difficult to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia | 3/24/2011

    " I laughed out loud with this great collection of essays. (Pretty similar style to David Sedaris) Really good! I also recommend her other book, I've been told there'd be cake. "

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About the Author
Author Sloane Crosley

Sloane Crosley is the author of the New York Times bestsellers I Was Told There’d Be Cake (a Thurber Prize finalist) and How Did You Get This Number. A frequent contributor to The New York Times, she lives in Manhattan.