Tuesday, May 29, 2012

BC2012: How Did You Get This Number by Sloane Crosley

I liked Crosley's first book, I Was Told There'd Be Cake, so I didn't hesitate to grab this collection of personal essays when Borders in Lincoln Village (Chicago) closed.

The cover of How Did You Get This Number is, um, graced by an unfurled roll of Quilted Northern toilet paper. I assume that is because bathrooms feature prominently in one of the essays, but I can't help thinking a cover that looks like t.p. -- it's even textured -- suggests something about a possible use for the pages within.

You can do what you want, but I suggest you read the book first because it's pretty funny. It includes one of the best puns I've read in some time (and that's saying something considering how many puns are in Bill Maher's latest). Crosley writes about getting a phone call from Lauren, the longtime girlfriend of a man she was dating (he had told her that he and Lauren had broken up). Lauren had gone through the cheating guy's cell phone contacts while he was out picking up Chinese food and found her number.
When Ben returned home, dumplings in hand, Lauren confronted him. Dim and then some, he denied the whole thing.
That was one of many laugh-out-loud moments in this book, although there are some surprisingly touching and/or insightful passages as well.


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