The Rules Do Not Apply is a memoir about a woman overcoming dramatic loss and finding reinvention, that has been compared to the work of Cheryl Strayed and Joan Didion. When thirty-eight-year-old New Yorker writer 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 chronicles the adventure and heartbreak of being “a woman who is free to do whatever she chooses.” Cheryl Strayed says, “I read The Rules Do Not Apply in one long, rapt sitting. 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.” Ariel Levy joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 2008, and received the National Magazine Award for Essays and Criticism in 2014. She is the author of the book Female Chauvinist Pigs and was a contributing editor at New York for twelve years.