How Did You Get This Number

How Did You Get This Number


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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.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, c2010.
ISBN: 9781594487590
Characteristics: 274 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm.


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Barbara_Gordon Nov 08, 2010

More budding comedian than straight up chick lit author, Sloane Crosley will make you snort with joy. A follow-up to her great debut "I was told there'd be cake" this latest release of short stories will not disappoint.

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Jun 04, 2018

I was on a Sloane Crosley binge because I read an article in “Esquire” Magazine I liked. Finished the book, but not sure why. Her writing can be funny and biting, with lots of canned observations.

Dec 23, 2016

I liked Sloane Crosley's first collection of essays, "I Was Told There Would Be Cake," and liked parts of her first novel, "The Clasp," which was inspired by Guy de Maupassant's classic short story "The Necklace." "How Did You Get This Number," her second book of essays, treads familiar ground, but with diminishing returns. Her voice was more sardonic in "Cake," while here it comes off as a little complacent and even (trigger word) privileged. Like writing about a trip to Paris: "My friend Louise had sublet an apartment in Paris for a month." Must be nice. In other essays, there's the ever popular kooky family (We had lots of pets!) and the classic New Yorker complaints, which feel like jokes from "Seinfield." Like, "What's the deal with rent in Manhattan? Sure is expensive!" or "What's the deal with taxi cabs? They stink!" Disappointing.

Apr 28, 2013

Yet another great book by Sloane Crosley. I loved everything about it, except for the sad story about the bear.

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