Thursday, July 1, 2010

How about This Book Cover?

I laughed uproariously at this book cover, largely because summertime is the time of year that we are "entertained" by black bears. I know the cover is a portrait of a grizzly bear, a dreadfully dangerous species that doesn't live in the East, but still, the cover sends everyone here into a tizzy of wild, somewhat hysterical chuckling.

Most of our black bear visitations are either mothers with a couple of cubs in tow or juveniles (bears from 2-? years that have not attained maturity). They all make the rounds, especially from dusk until dawn. As long as we're impossibly neat with our trash, and keep it locked up in the garage, they don't cause any problems.

Anyway, the book cover led me to investigate the author Sloane Crosley. I have ordered from the library her first book I Was Told There'd Be Cake. I don't usually read humorous essays, but in this case I'm making an exception, because her first book is about her initiation into life on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, a part of the city I love.


  1. I can't imagine what it must be like to have bears in your neighbourhood. Thrilling but scary at the same time I suppose. I have enough problems with neighbourhood cats!

  2. Love the cover, but I'm hearing the series of stories is disappointing??

  3. The cover from this book is actually what made me pick up I Was Told There'd Be Cake. I prefer paperback so I may wait to check this out later.

    Let me know what you think of IWTTBC. A couple of the essays I couldn't get into but there were some I related too probably more than is healthy. Hope you enjoy!