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I Was Told There'd Be Cake by Sloane Crosley
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Feb 11, 2012

it was ok
Read in February, 2012

Navel-gazing is not my favorite genre, but as navel-gazing goes, this book is a decent example. Crosley is a clever enough writer, occasionally relatively funny, and there are even a few insights. I listened to the book, but I would guess that most or all of the essays were published in magazines and newspapers. Some should I stayed there, and others should have been whittled down to more pithiness.

I'm glad I've never been a family member, teacher, campmate, friend, neighbor, boss, co-worker, or acquaintance of Crosley - maybe there's some kind of disclaimer in the printed version of the book, but many of the portrayals the above people are not done in any spirit of kindness, and it doesn't matter if she's self-deprecating as well when she skewers them.

But...I did finish the book, I was rarely bored, occasionally amused, and parts of it are good enough I almost gave this review three stars.

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