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I Was Told There'd Be Cake by Sloane Crosley
With I Was Told There'd Be Cake, Sloane Crosley examines her phenomenally average life and mines it for humorous observations about insights and truths to which everyone can relate. The fifteen essays cover topics as diverse as being embarrassed about doing a good deed in New York City, to being a bridesmaid to a woman she didn't particularly like (but whose initials after the wedding would be F. U.), to purposely losing the computer game Oregon Trail in school because she wanted to see the character she named after her teacher die a tragic death. I Was Told There'd Be Cake has received positive reviews with the Seattle Times saying, "Crosley's tone and style definitely take a page out of humor-writer David Sedaris' book. She's ironic, droll and self-pillorying and, like Sedaris, she manages to balance passages that are laugh-out-loud funny with others that are both touching and resonant. Above all Crosley manages, Midas-like, to take the minutiae of her life — and all of our lives — and turn it into gold."