How Did You Get This Number

How Did You Get This Number

by Sloane Crosley
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How Did You Get This Number by Sloane Crosley

From the author of the sensational bestseller I Was Told There'd Be Cake comes a new book of personal essays brimming with all the charm and wit that have earned Sloane Crosley widespread acclaim, award nominations, and an ever-growing cadre of loyal fans. In Cake readers were introduced to the foibles of Crosley's life in New York City-always teetering between the glamour of Manhattan parties, the indignity of entry-level work, and the special joy of suburban nostalgia-and to a literary voice that mixed Dorothy Parker with David Sedaris and became something all its own.

Crosley still lives and works in New York City, but she's no longer the newcomer for whom a trip beyond the Upper West Side is a big adventure. She can pack up her sensibility and takes us with her to Paris, to Portugal (having picked it by spinning a globe and putting down her finger, and finally falling in with a group of Portuguese clowns), and even to Alaska, where the "bear bells" on her fellow bridesmaids' ponytails seemed silly until a grizzly cub dramatically intrudes. Meanwhile, back in New York, where new apartments beckon and taxi rides go awry, her sense of the city has become more layered, her relationships with friends and family more complicated.

As always, Crosley's voice is fueled by the perfect witticism, buoyant optimism, flair for drama, and easy charm in the face of minor suffering or potential drudgery. But in How Did You Get This Number it has also become increasingly sophisticated, quicker and sharper to the point, more complex and lasting in the emotions it explores. And yet, Crosley remains the unfailingly hilarious young Everywoman, healthily equipped with intelligence and poise to fend off any potential mundanity in maturity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101188286
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/15/2010
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 461,722
File size: 247 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Sloane Crosley’s essays and criticism have appeared in The New York Times, New York Observer, the Village Voice, Playboy, Teen Vogue, Salon, Black Book, Radar, Maxim, and The Believer. She is also the Associate Director of Publicity at Vintage/Anchor Books in New York.

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How Did You Get This Number 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed 'I was told there'd be cake' and had some high hopes for Crosley's second book, but it seemed like she was trying too hard. Gone were the funny and interesting stories that you wanted to read, replaced instead with ones that had you waiting to the end to catch that humor, but ending on a flat note that makes you think, 'Why did I just read this?' I finished Cake in a matter of days, this one I had to force myself to keep reading. Personally, I wouldn't recommend this to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a remarkable follow up to her first book. Sloane set a really high bar with her first collection of essays "I Was Told There'd be Cake" but she did it again with "How Did You Get This Number." Her voice is recognizable almost immediately and her writing is funny and smart and highly enjoyable.
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I really liked I Was Told There Would Be Cake. This book doesn't compare. The chapters are long and rambling. I found myself skipping ahead and asking myself, "when is she going to make a point?" Not entertaining at all. A real disappointment.
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