How Did You Get This Number

How Did You Get This Number


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Crosley's easy, charming voice in the face of minor suffering or potential drudgery has been described as a mix between Dorothy Parker and David Sedaris. In these hilarious and insightful essays, she packs up her sensibility and takes readers with her to Paris, to Portugal (where she falls in with a group of Portuguese clowns), and to Alaska (where she discovers wearing bear bells is a matter of self-defense). Then it's back to New York, where new apartments beckon and taxi rides go awry.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2010
ISBN: 9781594487590
Branch Call Number: PS3603.R673 H69 2010
Characteristics: 274 p. : ill. ; 21 cm


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Jun 04, 2018

I was on a Sloane Crosley binge because I read an article in “Esquire” Magazine I liked. Finished the book, but not sure why. Her writing can be funny and biting, with lots of canned observations.

Dec 23, 2016

I liked Sloane Crosley's first collection of essays, "I Was Told There Would Be Cake," and liked parts of her first novel, "The Clasp," which was inspired by Guy de Maupassant's classic short story "The Necklace." "How Did You Get This Number," her second book of essays, treads familiar ground, but with diminishing returns. Her voice was more sardonic in "Cake," while here it comes off as a little complacent and even (trigger word) privileged. Like writing about a trip to Paris: "My friend Louise had sublet an apartment in Paris for a month." Must be nice. In other essays, there's the ever popular kooky family (We had lots of pets!) and the classic New Yorker complaints, which feel like jokes from "Seinfield." Like, "What's the deal with rent in Manhattan? Sure is expensive!" or "What's the deal with taxi cabs? They stink!" Disappointing.

Apr 28, 2013

Yet another great book by Sloane Crosley. I loved everything about it, except for the sad story about the bear.


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