The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy

The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy


Recommended by Molly Young, Susan Alexandra, Kalen Kaminski, Erin Allweiss, Natalie Pace

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 rules—about work, about love, and about womanhood.

In this “deeply human and deeply moving” (The New York Times Book Review) memoir, Levy chronicles the adventure and heartbreak of being, in her own words, “a woman who is free to do whatever she chooses.” Her story of resilience becomes an unforgettable portrait of the shifting forces in our culture, of what has changed—and of what is eternal.


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Random House (March 14, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812996933
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812996937
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces