Everyone has a friend who is clever with a biting wit and helps you through life’s absurdities; you just might hear that friend’s voice when you read Look Alive Out There, the newest essay collection from Sloane Crosley.
As in her previous collections, Crosley uses her essays to paint a portrait of the life of a modern New Yorker, transforming the often unrelated opening paragraphs of each essay into stories and life lessons that we can all relate to. While not everyone has had a walk-on part on the TV show Gossip Girl, all of us have had the feeling of trying to navigate a situation in which we felt like an imposter. Crosley’s trademark self-deprecation is on display as she writes of her battle with the neighborhood teenagers and her struggle to climb Cotopaxi in Equador, and in weightier topics like her diagnosis of Ménière’s disease and her decision to freeze her eggs. This is an essay collection with the perfect mix of introspection, humor, and vulnerability.
Look Alive Out There has arrived on the tenth anniversary of her debut essay collection, I Was Told There’d Be Cake. Fans of Sloane Crosley’s earlier books will be thrilled to read this new collection, and for readers new to her work, there’s no better place to start than here.