The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir
- Publish Date: 2017-03-14
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: Ariel Levy
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER â¢ A gorgeous memoir about a woman overcoming dramatic loss and finding reinvention
âCheryl Strayed meets a Nora Ephron movie. Youâll laugh, ugly cry, and finish it before the weekendâs over.ââtheSkimm
One of Timeâs Best Non-Fiction Books of 2017 So Far
When Ariel Levy left for a reporting trip to Mongolia in 2012, she was pregnant, married, financially secure, and successful on her own terms. A month later, none of that was true.
Levy picks you up and hurls you through the story of how she built an unconventional life and then watched it fall apart with astonishing speed. Like much of her generation, she was raised to resist traditional rulesâabout work, about love, and about womanhood.
In this âdeeply human and deeply movingâ (The New York Times Book Review) memoir, Levy chronicles the adventure and heartbreak of being, in her own words, âa woman who is free to do whatever she chooses.â Her story of resilience becomes an unforgettable portrait of the shifting forces in our culture, of what has changedâand of what is eternal.
Praise for The Rules Do Not Apply
âLevy has the rare gift of seeing herself with fierce, unforgiving clarity. And she deploys prose to match, raw and agile. She plumbs the commotion deep within and takes the measure of her have-it-all generation.ââThe Atlantic
â[The Rules Do Not Apply] is a short, sharp American memoir in the Mary Karr tradition of life-chronicling. Which is to say that Levy, like Karr, is a natural writer who is also as unsparing and bleakly hilarious as itâs possible to be about oneself. . . . I devoured her story in one sitting.ââFinancial Times
âItâs an act of courage to hunt for meaning within grief, particularly if the search upends your life and shakes out the contents for all the world to sift through. Ariel Levy embarks on the hunt beautifully in her new memoir.ââChicago Tribune
âI read it in one big messy gulp, because it is beautiful and heartbreaking and unruly and real. You should preorder it immediately so you can fall into her complicated, funny, and finely wrought world as soon as humanly possible.ââLenny.com
âA thoroughly modern memoir, the elements of The Rules Do Not Apply seem plucked not from the script of Girls, which has also been exploring reproductive issues of late, but Transparentâeven Portlandia.ââThe New York Times
âFrank and unflinchingly sincere . . . A gut-wrenching, emotionally charged work of soul-baring writing in the spirit of Joan Didion, Helen Macdonald, and Elizabeth Gilbert,Â The Rules Do Not ApplyÂ is a must-read for women.ââBustle
âUnflinching and intimate, wrenching and revelatory, Ariel Levyâs powerful memoir about love, loss, and finding oneâs way shimmers with truth and heart on every page.ââCheryl Strayed
âEvery deep feeling a human is capable of will be shaken loose by this profound book. Ariel Levy has taken grief and made art out of it.ââDavid Sedaris
âAriel Levy is a writer of uncompromising honesty, remarkable clarity, and surprising humor gathered from the wreckage of tragedy. Her account of life doing its darnedest to topple her, and her refusal to be knocked down, will leave you shaken and inspired. I am the better for having read this book.ââLena Dunham