Best known for her two collections of essays, I Was Told There'd Be Cake (a finalist for the 2008 Thurber Prize for American Humor) and How Did You Get This Number, Sloane Crosley began her career helping other authors find an audience as a publicist for Vintage Books. She recently published her first novel, The Clasp, a tribute to Guy Maupassant's 1884 short story "The Necklace." "I knew I had a novel in me, I just didn't know what the story was," she told Esquire magazine. "I wanted to make sure I wasn't going to write some roman à clef about a bunch of kids living in Brooklyn." Rest assured, she hasn't.
Below are Sloane Crosley’s favorite books, available to purchase as a set or individually.
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Slouching Towards Bethlehem
I don’t remember the first time I read Goodbye to All That, but I do know that a little part of me thinks of it whenever I turn on the air conditioner. Didion is a big picture writer and a vital writer (On Self-Respect is required reading for any woman, Sentimental Journeys for any person). She’s a national treasure, but for me it’s the image of her taking a messy bite of a peach on the sidewalk that feels like the Didion I know.
You’ve Got To Read This: Contemporary American Writers Introduce Stories that Held Them in Awe
Edited by Rob Hansen and Jim Shepard
This anthology is like one of those fateful 20-something nights where you met a boyfriend, a best friend and got a lead on a job. It introduced me to Jim Shepard and Donald Batheleme. I often think of Amy Tan’s introduction of Molly Giles’ story, Pie Dance. Tan writes that upon hearing Giles read the story, she felt she didn’t yet have what it took to be a writer but she “also knew — as deeply as you can know something about yourself — that it would be worth a lifetime to try.” That’s one of the most genuine things I’ve ever heard a writer say about another writer.
In Cold Blood
By now, most everyone knows how revolutionary this book was, paving the way for a new genre of writing. But again, it’s the details that get to me (specifically of Nancy Clutter’s diary). It’s one of the most gruesomely human books I have ever read. Its contributions to literature are immeasurable; the world is better because it was written.
$174.84 The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
$168.09 The Country Between Us
$160.75 Row, Row, Row Your Boat
$267.20 Modern Nature
$170.90 The Magic Mountain
$206.98 The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia
$122.93 Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
$169.69 The Wall
$151.87 Native Life in South Africa
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