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Look alive out there : essays
Crosley, Sloane, author.
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Essays. Selections
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : MCD/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018.

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240 pages ; 22 cm
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 scaling active volcanoes, crashing shivas, playing herself on Gossip Girl, befriending swingers, or squinting 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).
Wheels up -- Outside voices -- A dog named Humphrey -- You someday lucky -- If you take the canoe out -- The chupacabra -- Up the down volcano -- The grape man -- Right aid -- Relative stranger -- Brace yourself -- Immediate family -- Cinema of the confined -- Wolf -- Our hour is up -- The doctor is a woman.
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