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How Did You Get This Number by Sloane Crosley
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No doubt about it, Crosley is funny. A Thurber Award finalist, Crosley earned her stripes as a comic writer and a keen observer of the sometimes absurd in life in her debut collection, I Was Told There'd Be Cake (an HBO series based on the essays may be in the works). Despite a few overlong pieces and an occasional dud, Crosley avoids the sophomore slump in her new collection, offering wry--and often downright hilarious--takes on all kinds of experiences. What about Crosley's writing continues to appeal to a wide audience, despite the seemingly narrow scope of her adventures? "Crosley is a kind of anti-adult, refusing to buckle down," notes the Boston Globe, "refusing to accept the way of the world, refusing to stop her bold mockery, from which she herself is not exempt." This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.
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