Sloane Crosley returns to the form that made her a household name in really quite a lot of households: Essays!
From the New York Times–bestselling author Sloane Crosley comes Look Alive Out There—a brand-new collection of essays filled with her trademark hilarity, wit, and charm. The characteristic heart and punch-packing observations are back, but with a newfound coat of maturity. A thin coat. More of a blazer, really.
Fans of I Was Told There’d Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number know Sloane Crosley’s life as a series of relatable but madcap misadventures. In Look Alive Out There, whether it’s playing herself on Gossip Girl,scaling active volcanoes, crashing shivas, befriending swingers, or staring down the barrel of the fertility gun, Crosley continues to rise to the occasion with unmatchable nerve and electric one-liners. And as her subjects become more serious, her essays deliver not just laughs but lasting emotional heft and insight. Crosley has taken up the gauntlets thrown by her predecessors—Dorothy Parker, Nora Ephron, David Sedaris—and crafted something rare, affecting, and true.
Look Alive Out There arrives on the tenth anniversary of I Was Told There’d be Cake, and Crosley’s essays have managed to grow simultaneously more sophisticated and even funnier. And yet she’s still very much herself, and it’s great to have her back—and not a moment too soon (or late, for that matter).
Crosley's confident reading of her latest collection of personal essays comes across like a great stand-up comic performance. Her wacky tales of life as a starving young writer interacting with neighbors, friends, and strangers are satirical, insightful, often tender, and always funny. Her peevish tone perfectly suits her hallmark surly, self-deprecating humor. With rising or falling intonation, she also ruminates on more personal matters, such as her decision to not have children. Crosley has one bad habit shared by many audio narrators: she drops her voice at the ends of sentences, creating distracting rhythmic patterns at various points in her reading. Still, fanswill love listening to the author's lively rendering of wise and wicked stories from her life. An MCD hardcover. \n