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In 2012, thirty-eight-year-old Ariel Levy was pregnant, married, and had a home. A month later, none of that was true. In THE RULES DO NOT APPLY: A Memoir, Levy, a staff writer for The New Yorker, 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 conventional rules—about work, about love, and about womanhood. In sharp, stunning prose, Levy chronicles the adventure and heartbreak of being “a woman who is free to do whatever she chooses.” Her own story of resilience becomes an unforgettable portrait of the shifting forces in our culture, of what has changed—and what is eternal. And of how to begin again.
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.
Kate Dries is the Deputy Editor of Jezebel. She’s written for The New York Times, BuzzFeed, WBEZ, Deadspin, The Billfold, and others.