How Did You Get This Number - Sloane Crosley

How Did You Get This Number

By Sloane Crosley

  • Release Date: 2010-06-15
  • Genre: Humor
Score: 4
From 113 Ratings


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.


  • Very good writing

    By Cmarie2010
    Not as funny as Sedaris, but very good.
  • So funny

    By wine76
    This book was hilarious. I love both her books! More Sloane!
  • How Did You Get This Number

    By jbdUU
    I thoroughly enjoyed the stories in "How Did You Get This Number." I felt I was listening to stories told by a friend I hadn't seen in a long time. I related to these stories, found them funny and insightful into the conversations that go on in our heads. More than anything I wanted to talk with the author - share similar stories with her about my travels, pets, and relationships. I highly recommend this book.
  • A great summer read

    By Modemzack
    Funny, well-written, engaging, insightful. Reminds me a little of Sedaris.
  • Not funny.

    By Caseylynn1
    So the first chapter is kinda funny, the rest is not! It's kinda boring. I stopped reading after the bear cub gets shot! Sad not funny! I don't want to read a 'humor' book with a sad story of a cub dying!!!