Hi there, Buzz Book Club readers! I know it's still June, but since we've wrapped up our discussion of Then We Came to the End and Fourth of July travel plans are looming, I wanted to give you a heads-up about the July book pick: Sloane Crosley's I Was Told There'd Be Cake.
The book, which is Crosley's debut collection of true-life essays, has been getting a lot of buzz in the literary world — and it's only building, as we learned this week that the book had been bought by HBO and could be turned into a TV series. Even friends of mine who I thought would be snarky about the book have loved it, so I'm curious to check it out for myself.
Crosley is a literary publicist in New York City, and she got her big break as a writer when she sent a funny e-mail about getting locked out of her apartment while moving to some friends — one of whom just happened to work for the Village Voice. She's since written for Salon and The New York Times, and this book collects 15 of her essays.
For those of you new to my book club format, here's how it works: I'll announce a new book each month. Every week I'll suggest chapters to complete by the next post (which, in this case, will go up every Friday in July). In these Book Club posts, I'll posit a few discussion-provoking questions for you to respond to in the comments section.
To read a little more about Crosley's book and get your first assignment, just
Here's the summary from the book's offcial site: "From accidentally despoiling an exhibit at the Museum of Natural History to siccing the cops on the wrong neighbor, Sloane Crosley can do no right, despite the best of intentions—or perhaps because of them. In a sharp, original storytelling style that confounds expectations at every turn, Crosley recounts her victories and catastrophes in an irresistible voice that is all her own, finding genuine insights in the most unpredictable places."
The first assignment: Read the first four stories in the book: "The Pony Problem," "Christmas in July," "The Ursula Cookie," and "Bring-Your-Machete-to-Work Day." I'll post some questions about that section next Friday, July 4. (The Buzz Book Club rests for no holidays — and besides, what better time to do some reading?)