A decade ago, Sloane Crosley catapulted onto the literary scene with I Was Told There’d Be Cake, a collection of personal essays about her misadventures as a twentysomething in New York. Now the bestselling author returns to the genre that made her notorious with Look Alive Out There, a witty, incisive take on the outrageous situations she finds herself in. Whether it’s moving into the perfect New York apartment only to be bombarded day and night by the antics of an entitled teen neighbor, hiking toward a volcano in Ecuador with two guides who speak as little English as she does Spanish, or being forced to befriend pot-selling swingers when she runs out of food while on retreat at a secluded cabin, Crosley has a knack for finding the humor in awkward snafus. These 16 essays explore the weirdness of being human, and therefore fallible, in modern times. She’ll be discussing the book in conversation with fellow literary celebrity Marlon James.