The Rules Do Not Apply
It's a Book thing Blog, Kelly Ansara
There are a bucket load of epic autobiographies that aren’t really seen as ‘epic’. A trend started at the pen of Lena Dunham, Tina Fey and Mindy Kaling – women we see, women we love. If you haven’t heard of Ariel Levy, and don’t worry I’ll give you this one because I hadn’t either, you will now. For this woman will turn your heart to soft gooey custard and then man-it-up in mere pages.
An autobiographical extension of her heavy article Thanksgiving in Mongolia published by the New Yorker in November 2013. (If you haven’t read it, you should, do it now!). This article - that leaves you rubbed raw and just paining in every part of your body – shot Levy to stardom. It spoke honestly, emotionally and realistically – a group of words that just leave you breathless.
Levy takes the same honesty-knife to her non-fiction autobiography; The Rules Do Not Apply (published by Little, Brown Book Group UK). This is a mere 224 pages of a woman’s life falling part, while not all doom and gloom. Levy unpacks her past lifting out and displaying her naivety, her dishonesty, her life and where it has left her. From her mother’s man-friend who would sleep on their family home floor when she was a child, to her career in writing, to the disassembling of her marriage and her partner’s addiction to alcohol. She pulls you through the debris of emotion plain-sighted epiphany.
“Daring to think that the rules do not apply is the mark of a visionary. It’s also a symptom of narcissism. —”
It is a book you will hold on to, carry in your bag, and roll its sentences around in your mouth because they are just that well crafted. For those who are looking for something less trade-y, more womanly and just well-crafted this one is for you.