Picks and Pans Review: I Was Told There'd Be Cake

updated 04/21/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/21/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Sloane Crosley | [

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Quirky twentysomething essayist Crosley has a gimlet eye for everyday absurdities—especially those she encounters as she maneuvers the wilds of Manhattan. In this stellar debut, she riffs on everything from the meaning of her cache of plastic ponies to being maid of honor for a woman she hasn't seen since high school. Crosley's style is so conversationally intimate that you'll feel as though you're sitting with her at a cafe, breathlessly waiting to hear what she's going to tell you next.

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