Okay, so, as we all are aware, summer is quickly approaching. What does that mean? It’s time to find some DOPE books for your upcoming travels. Yassss. Looking for some ideas? Here’s a book recommended from some of the most book-loving celebs around — e.g. Lena Dunham, Emma Roberts, Dianna Agron — that will do the trick. The book is called The Rules Do Not Apply and is a memoir penned by renowned journalist Ariel Levy. We can’t WAIT to read it.
Levy, who has been a staff writer for the New Yorker for nine years (so cool), wrote a powerful personal essay about her miscarriage in Mongolia in 2013 and decided later to write The Rules Do Not Apply, which centers on this experience and the illusion of “having it all”.
Levy’s 2013 essay describes her miscarriage in traumatizing detail, purposefully, an approach she also takes with her book. In an interview with Refinery29 early this month, Levy says of this decision to write the personal essay and later her memoir, “I wanted to write about that because I think the fact that women are animals is sort of the last taboo. You can talk about sex now and no one cares, but we are supposed to be clean and shiny and not admit that blood comes out of our bodies again and again and again…”
We love it.
In her memoir, Levy discusses her liberal upbringing, her eventual move to New York City to become a writer, her marriage and lesbianism, an affair, and, of course, her miscarriage which led her to reevaluate her life.
Roberts says, “It’s truly one of my favorite books. Wildly important you read it as soon as possible.”
The author also said, during the aforementioned interview with Refinery29, of her experience having a miscarriage and later discovering that she could not have children (and inherently could not have it all), “I could get in a dark place, but I roll with it. I don’t know how much of that is being in my ’40s and how much of that is about having the center of my life drop out when I was 38, but I’m not in a frantic state anymore.”
She continues, “When I first got back from Mongolia, I found the pain intolerable…I couldn’t stand the reality. But it became clear to me that I had no choice. It’s like walking up an escalator — you’re never going to get anywhere — but the sooner you surrender, the less you can be in physical pain.”
Lena said of the book: “Ariel 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.” Amazing.
We have already added this book to our summer reading list. So excited to read more from Ariel Levy!