Sloan Crosley's I Was Told There'd Be Cake puts a spin on the familiar territory of a twentysomething working in New York. Crosley's highly original essays cover a wide swath of quirky topics, from her hoarding of plastic toy ponies to baking a cookie in the likeness of her difficult, high-powered publisher boss.
But Enough About Me follows her meandering path from a pop-culture-saturated New Jersey childhood to a life navigating the trendy world of the Big Apple. What doesn't change is the sense of giddy delight she shares as she interviews celebrities from Bono to Loretta Lynn.
Lopsided begins, Meredith Norton is an American living in Paris with her French husband. While on a stateside visit with her family, she consults a doctor about a pain in her breast. Within days she is told she has inflammatory breast cancer. The author's sharp, unsentimental voice and unflinching eye for detail make this an intense and surprisingly funny memoir of survival.
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