The City Always Wins

Look Alive Out There

9780374279844 fc
Hardcover, MCD × FSG, 2018

Sloane Crosley

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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 scaling active volcanoes, crashing shivas, playing herself on Gossip Girl, 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).

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  • “Sardonic without being cruel, tender without being sentimental, Sloane Crosley will win you over.”

    Colson Whitehead
  • “Crosley has been honing her craft since we’ve seen her last, and the hard work shows. Now, she has mastered the precision of novelistic scene-setting deployed by our greatest practitioners of the American sentimental essay, writers such as Gopnik, Sedaris and, yes, even Thurber.”

    Andrea Hoag, The Denver Post
  • “Crosley is a literary addiction. There is no substitute. She is curious. She is smart. She is hilarious and edgy and generous and impossible to stop reading.”

    Heidi Julavits
  • "[Crosley] continues her tradition of hilarious insight into the human condition . . . [she] is exceedingly clever and has a witticism for all occasions, but it is her willingness to confront some of life's darker corners with honesty and vulnerability that elevates the collection."

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “Crosley responds to everyday absurdities with self-deprecation and an arsenal of metaphors, applying insights like a salve . . . As she expounds on her various mishaps and anxieties, it all manages to seem like proof that even when she's lost, she knows what she's doing all along.”

    Eryn Loeb, Los Angeles Times
  • “How sure-footed and observant Sloane Crosley is. How perfectly, relentlessly funny.”

    David Sedaris
  • “Crosley’s got a sharp fizzily old-fashioned sense of the madcap that . . . has you thinking that she’s figured out how to cross Mary Tyler Moore with Kingsley Amis.”

    Carlene Bauer, Elle
  • “Crosley is like a tap-dancer, lighthearted and showman­like . . . but capable of surprising you with the reserves of emotion and keen social observation.”

    Maria Russo, The New York Times Book Review
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Join Sloane Crosley at Barnes & Noble Union Square to celebrate the launch of her latest essay collection, Look Alive Out There.

April 3, 2018 at 7:00pm Barnes & Noble Union Square 33 East 17th Street, New York City
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