VSL// The funny adventures of an almost 30-something

There aren’t many people out there who can make us want to travel with them to Portugal and see amateur circus clowns, but the effortlessly witty Sloane Crosley does just that in her new book, How Did You Get This Number, (available 6/15).

In this follow-up to her 2008 debut, I Was Told There’d Be Cake, Crosley once again uses sharply observed humor and crisp writing to tell intimate stories nearly everyone should be able (at least in sentiment) to relate to: In “Show Me on the Doll,” Crosley is nearing her 30th birthday when she picks, at random, a spot on the globe and ends up in Portugal; in “Light Pollution,” she’s a member of a bridal party in Alaska (and witnesses a bear hit-and-run); and, in perhaps the most affecting essay, “Off the Back of a Truck,” she must make the slow recovery from heartbreak. Plus, how many authors can make you laugh on their dedication page? (Trust us.)

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VSL// The funny adventures of an almost 30-something