"I Was Told There'd Be Cake" by Sloane Crosely

  • February 25, 2009 · 6:45 PM
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About the book:
"This debut essay collection is full of sardonic wit and charm, and Crosley effortlessly transforms what could have been stereotypical tales of mid-20s life into a breezy series of vignettes with uproariously unpredictable outcomes. From the opening The Pony Problem to the hilarious Bring-Your-Machete-to-Work Day (which will ring true for any child of the early 1990s who played the first Oregon Trail computer game), Crosley is equal parts self-deprecating and endearing as she recounts her secret obsession with plastic ponies and the joys of exacting revenge via a pixilated wagon ride. In less capable hands, the subjects tackled—from unpleasant weddings of long-forgotten friends to horrendous first jobs—could have been a litany of complaints from yet another rich girl from the suburbs. But Crosley, who grew up in Westchester and currently lives in Manhattan, makes the experiences her own with a plethora of amusing twists: a volunteer job at the American Museum of Natural History leads to a moral quandary, and a simple Upper West Side move becomes anything but. Fans of Sarah Vowell's razor-sharp tongue will love this original new voice." - Publisher's Weekly

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  • A former member
    A former member

    it was a great time. lots of laughing, and not necessarily at the book.

    February 26, 2009

  • Arati

    Enjoyed discussing the book with new folks...everyone was friendly and the place was perfect for this activity. I had a great time!

    February 26, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really enjoyed reading this book. Many of the things she talked about were of experiences I also had both growing up and as an adult.

    February 25, 2009

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