Look Alive Out There
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).

Look Alive Out There Details

TitleLook Alive Out There
Author
ReleaseApr 8th, 2018
PublisherFarrar, Straus and Giroux
Rating
GenreWriting, Essays, Nonfiction, Short Stories, Autobiography, Memoir, Humor

Look Alive Out There Review

  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    Despite not being an author who is famous enough to be invited to do a walk on for a popular tv show, or having a distant relative who is a retired porn star, or having any desire to go mountain climbing under less than stellar (or really any) circumstances, it's amazing how often Crosley manages to connect with the average reader. Alternating moments of "I can't believe that happened to her" with "I could completely see that happening to me", I laughed out loud and enjoyed every moment of this Despite not being an author who is famous enough to be invited to do a walk on for a popular tv show, or having a distant relative who is a retired porn star, or having any desire to go mountain climbing under less than stellar (or really any) circumstances, it's amazing how often Crosley manages to connect with the average reader. Alternating moments of "I can't believe that happened to her" with "I could completely see that happening to me", I laughed out loud and enjoyed every moment of this crazy and entertaining collection of essays. Presented in bite sized narratives, this is the perfect book to indulge in during your ordinary (or extraordinary?) day.This ARC was provided by MCD/Macmillan in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jamie Bernard
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve loved Sloane Crosley for a long time. She has a snarky wit about her that is unrivaled. I’m just not sure what to make of this collection of essays. Some were amazing. I especially enjoyed reading about her interactions with neighbors and a story about a relative that worked in the sex industry. Others fell flat. Her earlier works were funny because they were so relatable. I’m wondering if she has lost touch with her audience a bit? The travel essays in particular felt more like privileged I’ve loved Sloane Crosley for a long time. She has a snarky wit about her that is unrivaled. I’m just not sure what to make of this collection of essays. Some were amazing. I especially enjoyed reading about her interactions with neighbors and a story about a relative that worked in the sex industry. Others fell flat. Her earlier works were funny because they were so relatable. I’m wondering if she has lost touch with her audience a bit? The travel essays in particular felt more like privileged complaining rather than sarcasm or snark. Overall this was definitely worth the read. Just don’t be surprised if you find yourself skimming some sections. This review was for a digital ARC.
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  • Yadi (Bookiful.life)
    January 1, 1970
    was lucky enough to receive this book from the wonderful people over at MCD/Farrar Straus and Giroux. I had been intrigued by the buzz I was hearing on it but also it seemed to be the kind of book I was looking for at the time; a light and witty read about relatable moments in life. Sure enough, it filled the need wonderfully.In this late essay collection by Manhattan-based writer, Sloane Crosley, you get the wit and humor she’s known for, yet something different than from her previous collectio was lucky enough to receive this book from the wonderful people over at MCD/Farrar Straus and Giroux. I had been intrigued by the buzz I was hearing on it but also it seemed to be the kind of book I was looking for at the time; a light and witty read about relatable moments in life. Sure enough, it filled the need wonderfully.In this late essay collection by Manhattan-based writer, Sloane Crosley, you get the wit and humor she’s known for, yet something different than from her previous collections. However, I should say, I had to go out and get her previous collection of essays I Was Told There’d Be Cake, to feel confident making that statement.In this collection you get the sense of a woman who is beginning to feel her age. Each essay had a situation which in some way reflected that, which for me made it a bit hard to relate to, since I’m still at the age where I’m too unaware of age, really, lol. However, that’s what Crosley is good at, getting anyone hooked on whatever she’s putting out there! Even though I didn’t always relate to her situation, I most certainly was entertained and engaged in her life moments.My personal favorite was the second essay, Outside Voices, where Crosley ends up obsessed with the boy living next door, not because of anything pervy but simply because her apartment windows overlook the family next door’s backyard, in which this teenage boy spends most of his time in. All the sounds that come from the backyard she is able to hear clearly, therefore, in a way over time she pretty much becomes an expert on this kid’s life. In many instances, she even acknowledges how this kid is making her an old person before her time, but an idea, which she finally truly faces when the kid goes off to college. That was a hilarious and deep essay, though it may not seem deep while you’re reading it but it’ll definitely hit you after.What I, especially, found impressive about this collection was how different each essay was with length and topics, yet it all felt connected. I know that’s the strength of Crosley and the consistency of her writing style. Something that lead me to pick up the collection she’s most known for, I Was Told There’d Be Cake from April 1st, 2008, nearly exactly ten years ago.I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is familiar with or a fan of Crosley’s previous work. If you’re not then, I’d only recommend this if you’re in need of a feel good book with some substantial mini life lessons ingrained in there.
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  • Marty
    January 1, 1970
    I listened to the audiobook version of this and finished in a day. Sloane has the perfect voice for audio. Not sure if she records other audiobooks or podcasts but she definitely should. Her voice is pleasant and deep with just the right amount of intonation without “over-acting.” These essays are like peeks into her journal. Simple reflections on her experiences with humorous asides. This was my first introduction to her writing as it was a gift from a friend, but I’m definitely a fan and now l I listened to the audiobook version of this and finished in a day. Sloane has the perfect voice for audio. Not sure if she records other audiobooks or podcasts but she definitely should. Her voice is pleasant and deep with just the right amount of intonation without “over-acting.” These essays are like peeks into her journal. Simple reflections on her experiences with humorous asides. This was my first introduction to her writing as it was a gift from a friend, but I’m definitely a fan and now looking for her other writings.
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  • Adam Armstrong
    January 1, 1970
    Sloane Crosley’s return to the essay is most certainly a welcome one. To the surprise of certainly not this reader, this collection of essays is just as remarkable as Crosley’s previous books. Whether she’s trimming her downstairs’ neighbor’s grape vines, engaging in a one-sided war with a teenager next door, or contemplating whether or not she wants to have children, Crosley manages to weave a profound thread of sadness, loneliness, and utter joy through every page. Look for this wonderful and Sloane Crosley’s return to the essay is most certainly a welcome one. To the surprise of certainly not this reader, this collection of essays is just as remarkable as Crosley’s previous books. Whether she’s trimming her downstairs’ neighbor’s grape vines, engaging in a one-sided war with a teenager next door, or contemplating whether or not she wants to have children, Crosley manages to weave a profound thread of sadness, loneliness, and utter joy through every page. Look for this wonderful and hilarious book when it hits shelves on 4/3/18.
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  • Tracy
    January 1, 1970
    Delightfully snarky! If anyone could ever make me want to live in NY, Sloane could do it. She's got a great talent for taking what might be an ordinary event in someone else's life and turning it into a fantastic story that you will first laugh at and then want to tell your friends. Plus also, I will never ask a friend if I can hunker down in her isolated California house where the only neighbors are...well, you'll have to read the book.
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  • Kaycie Hall
    January 1, 1970
    I found an advanced copy of this essay collection (thank you to whoever passed it on to the used bookstore I frequent) and it did not disappoint. I’ve always been a fan of Sloane’s essays. I looked forward to diving into these on my daily commute. “Outdoor Voices” was my favorite but there are also some gems on mountain climbing, losing your domain name, and egg freezing.
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  • Cynthia
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 rounded up. I found these essays to be inconsistent. I loved this author’s first book of essays, I Was Told There Would Be Cake, but this one wasn’t quite as engrossing and interesting.
  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this title from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.This is a solid essay collection. I loved the fact that Crosley, despite being in her late 30s, does not focus on the perils of dating/being single/marriage, or childbearing (at least not until the last essay). It gave her essays some weight that I really appreciated.
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  • Blake L
    January 1, 1970
    Sloane Crosley is the best. I had not realized how long I'd been waiting for her to come back and reclaim the personal essay. These are hilarious and poignant and I enjoyed the mix of long and shorter essays. I guess I miss more than Crosley -- I miss Ephron, too -- but since more material from her is an impossiblity, I'm happy to have Sloane Crosley instead. She offers both a rarified and everyman view and I have no idea how she manages to pull off this trick but pull it off she does. I receive Sloane Crosley is the best. I had not realized how long I'd been waiting for her to come back and reclaim the personal essay. These are hilarious and poignant and I enjoyed the mix of long and shorter essays. I guess I miss more than Crosley -- I miss Ephron, too -- but since more material from her is an impossiblity, I'm happy to have Sloane Crosley instead. She offers both a rarified and everyman view and I have no idea how she manages to pull off this trick but pull it off she does. I received an early galley of this title and I can't wait for the world to have read what I just read.
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  • Summer
    January 1, 1970
    She’s hilarious. Such good pacing to this book!
  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent essays. Sloane Crosley is great.
  • Kate Koza
    January 1, 1970
    "It is possible to have too many rooms of one's own."
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