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How Did You Get This Number

By Sloane Crosley

How Did You Get This Number
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  • Published in USA  Jun 2010,
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From the author of the 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.

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"These essays are fresh, funny, and eager to be loved." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. Confirmation of the promise shown in the author's bestselling debut." - Kirkus Reviews

"Reading like the diary entries of a thirtysomething, Crosley's essays are brutally honest about her flaws as well as the flaws of others and, as a result, paint a realistic and hilarious portrait of what it's like to be an adult in today's world." - Library Journal

"Starred Review. Smart, clever, and frank, Crosley's stories are as intimate, and embarrassingly eccentric, as the thoughts we keep to ourselves." - Booklist

"How sure footed and observant Sloane Crosley is. How perfectly, relentlessly funny. If you needed a bib while reading I Was Told There'd Be Cake, you might consider diapers for How Did You Get This Number." - David Sedaris

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Sloane Crosley Author Biography

Crosley (b. Aug 1978) is a publicist at Vintage/Anchor, a division of Random House. She lives in Manhattan and has "a boy who is my friend." Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Observer and Salon. Crosley is the author of the essay collection I Was Told There'd Be Cake (2008), as well as How Did You Get This Number (2011).

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