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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (18,150 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:
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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. Download and start listening now!


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sophie | 2/12/2014

    " Totally an enjoyable read! Sloane's irreverent essays are easily relatable albeit not always fully believable...but then a good story is all about embellishment and a fare tale. I loved how her stories generated memories from my own youth. Good times all around. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ann Diab | 1/24/2014

    " So much refreshing self-aware wit. The metaphors she comes up with to frame personal neuroses and the self-serving stew we marinate ourselves in are eye-opening. Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Edgar Alanis | 1/24/2014

    " Personally, I really enjoyed this book. I read it while I was backpacking across Europe, so it made the perfect companion for long flights and train rides. It's a great read if you're looking for something light and entertaining, but with enough substance to make it worth reading. Each of her stories is so well crafted; I really found myself getting lost in all of her quandaries. Her witty personality and sneaky sarcasm are hilarious, and how she can make unfitting analogies seem completely rational is beyond me. If you're an urban dweller or young professional, you'll easily identify with Crosley, and you'll start wishing your life was half as interesting. Highly recommended. Go read it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Deyna | 1/22/2014

    " Perhaps I've finally gotten too old to enjoy reading about the mishaps of a self-centered single girl trying to make it in Manhattan. I just couldn't identify with her. (And there was a time that I could have.) The pieces were too earnest and serious in tone to be taken for light face value, but the from the title I was expecting laugh-out-loud funny. And it wasn't. "

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