The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir (Hardcover)

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Ariel Levy’s memoir is brutal, devastating, and absolutely compelling. From the enormous ego of youth to the saddened perspective of age, Levy chronicles her story of rising in the ranks as a magazine staff writer, of meeting and falling desperately in love with the woman of her dreams, and of her much hoped-for pregnancy. But the glaze of fulfillment begins to crack as her marriage molders from infidelity, addiction, and unthinkable pain when her pregnancy ends in the death of her son. Read it not to feel pity or sorrow; read it to know how much we can bear. -Holly

— From Spring Booknotes 2017

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - "This Year's Must-Read Memoir" (W magazine) about the choices a young woman makes in her search for adventure, meaning, and love

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
Vogue - Time - Esquire - Entertainment Weekly - The Guardian - Harper's Bazaar - Library Journal - NPR

All her life, Ariel Levy was told that she was too fervent, too forceful, too much. As a young woman, she decided that becoming a writer would perfectly channel her strength and desire. She would be a professional explorer--"the kind of woman who is free to do whatever she chooses." Levy moved to Manhattan to pursue her dream, and spent years of adventure, traveling all over the world writing stories about unconventional heroines, following their fearless examples in her own life.

But when she experiences unthinkable heartbreak, Levy is forced to surrender her illusion of control. In telling her story, Levy has captured a portrait of our time, of the shifting forces in American culture, of what has changed and what has remained. And of how to begin again.

Praise for The Rules Do Not Apply

"Unflinching and intimate, wrenching and revelatory, Ariel Levy's powerful memoir about love, loss, and finding one's way shimmers with truth and heart on every page."--Cheryl Strayed

"Every 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."--David Sedaris

"Beautifully crafted . . . This book is haunting; it is smart and engaging. It was so engrossing that I read it in a day."--The New York Times Book Review

"Levy's wise and poignant memoir is the voice of a new generation of women, full of grit, pathos, truth, and inspiration. Being in her presence is energizing and ennobling. Reading her deep little book is inspiring."--San Francisco Book Review

"Levy 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."--The Atlantic

"Cheryl Strayed meets a Nora Ephron movie. You'll laugh, ugly cry, and finish it before the weekend's over."--theSkimm

About the Author


Ariel Levy joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 2008, and received the National Magazine Award for Essays and Criticism in 2014 for her piece "Thanksgiving in Mongolia." She is the author of the book Female Chauvinist Pigs and was a contributing editor at New York for twelve years.


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Product Details
ISBN: 9780812996937
ISBN-10: 0812996933
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: March 14th, 2017
Pages: 224
Language: English