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Sloane Crosley Books In Order

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Up the Down Volcano (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Collections

I Was Told There'd Be Cake (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
How Did You Get This Number (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Sad Stuff on the Street (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Look Alive Out There (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Grief Is for People (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Best American: Travel Writing Books

The Best American Travel Writing 2011 (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Travel Writing 2012 (By: Jason Wilson) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Travel Writing 2013 (By: Jason Wilson) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Travel Writing 2014 (By: Jason Wilson) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Travel Writing 2015 (By: Jason Wilson) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Travel Writing 2016 (By: Bill Bryson) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Travel Writing 2017 (By: Jason Wilson,Lauren Collins) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Travel Writing 2018 (By: Cheryl Strayed) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Travel Writing 2019 (By: Jason Wilson) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Travel Writing 2020 (By: Robert Macfarlane) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Travel Writing 2021 (By: Padma Lakshmi) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

An American literary author and personality, Sloane Crosley is well known for her unique and intricate style of prose. Clearly a master of her craft, she has been able to carve out a niche for herself within the industry, creating a strong and idiosyncratic voice. Combining both characters and story, she has really managed to bring her stories to the forefront of the field, thus ensuring that she’ll be a mainstay for years to come.

Early and Personal Life

Born in 1978 on the 3rd of August, Sloane Crosley would be born and raised in New York, as she would grow up within the city itself. This would see her come to harness a strong passion for both reading and writing over the intervening years, as she would constantly work upon refining her voice and style. Over the years she’d develop this as a skill, giving her work a highly idiosyncratic shape and form that would be quite unlike any other.

Educated at Connecticut College, she would graduate in 2000, thus providing her with the skills necessary for continuing with her career as a writer. She would later also work as an adjunct professor on the Master of Fine Art’s program at Columbia university as well. All of this would give her the academic backbone which would come to create the style that she is currently most famous for today.

Working as a columnist for publications such as ‘The Independent’ prior to becoming a writer all of her own, she would build herself a brand and name as an author. This would allow her to establish her style, whilst simultaneously formulating her style too, giving her work a greater sense of weight in the process. She would also work for quite some time as a publicist at Vintage Books, which was itself a subdivision of the ‘Random House’ publishing outlet, giving the insight she needed to continue with her career.

Over the years she has become both a writer of fiction, as well as an essayist too, along with becoming a personality within the media. Starring in television shows such as Gossip Girl as herself, she has established a presence quite unlike any other within her field. This is something that will carry on for quite some time to come, as her writing career grows from strength-to-strength, on into the foreseeable future.

Writing Career

Making her debut in 2008, Sloane Crosley would arrive on the literary scene with the title ‘I Was Told There’d Be Cake’. This would be comprised of a large collection of essays, as they’d recount funny episodes from throughout her life, giving an insight into her mindset and outlook. It would also work to pave the way for a number of humorous female essayists to follow in her footsteps, as she would take inspiration from writers such as David Sedaris.

A permanent fixture now within the world of literature, she is highly sought after by both the critics and the general public alike. Whilst she doesn’t write any series as such, she does manage to provide concise and consistent storytelling which really resonates with her audience. Having been optioned as well by Universal Pictures in 2016 too for her novel ‘The Clasp’, she may also be making her way to the big-screen in the future too.

Still writing to this very day, she has a lot of work that many have come to increasingly regard as time goes on. Setting a trend for funny anecdotes from a female perspective, she really is a pioneer within her field and genre, something which she continues. With a lot more to come on the horizon, she doesn’t appear to be stopping any time soon either, as more and more discover her work every day.

The Clasp

With this being her first debut novel, as well as being her first fictional novel to date, this would come to set-up the literary career of Crosley in the following years to come. Originally coming out on the 6th of October in 2015, this would initially be released through the ‘Farrar, Straus and Giroux’ publishing label. It would also come to establish a lot of the writing style that was to follow from Crosley as an author and writer in the years to come.

Working as her first fictional novel, this really captures Crosley’s gift for storytelling, as it takes a humorous look at growing up. The characters are all drawn from her own life, giving the story a certain degree of authenticity, allowing it to speak more directly to the reader. With the locations too, she really brings the world itself to life, making the most of it all throughout the story as a whole, as they journey across the world.

Featuring a group of friends coming to the end of their twenties, this sees Nathaniel, Kezia and Victor reunited once again for the wedding of a college friend. It is here that they slip back into their old ways, but not before Victor passes out in the groom’s mother’s bedroom, waking to her not scolding, but telling him a story of a valuable necklace that disappeared during the Nazi occupation. This then leads them on a quest to locate it, as their journey takes them all across the globe looking for it, hoping to find it again. Will they be able to? What of their old lives? Where is the clasp?

Look Alive Out There

First released through the ‘Farrar, Straus and Giroux’ publishing outlet once again, this would provide a memoir of sorts for Sloane Crosley. Recounting periods in her life, this was initially published in 2018 to much acclaim, as critics and reviewers would find it funny and insightful. Not only that, but the general public too would also find plenty within her stories that they could relate to themselves.

With wit and intelligence, this is a collection of short-stories and essays that are sure to capture the attention of many a reader. Recounting stories and chapters from her own life, Sloane manages to draw the reader in through this series of funny and entertaining vignettes. From scaling the sides of active volcanoes, to starring as none other than herself on the hit series Gossip Girl, everything is charted here. Where will her journey take her? What lies around the corner? Will she look alive out there?

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