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Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book. A gorgeous, darkly humorous memoir about a woman overcoming dramatic loss and finding reinvention—for readers of Cheryl Strayed and Joan Didion When thirty-eight-year-old New Yorker writer Ariel Levy left for a reporting trip to Mongolia inshe was pregnant, married, financially secure, and successful on her own terms. A month later, none of that was true. Levy picks A gorgeous, darkly humorous memoir about a woman overcoming dramatic loss and finding reinvention—for readers of Cheryl Strayed and Joan Didion When thirty-eight-year-old New Yorker writer Ariel Levy left for a reporting trip to Mongolia inshe was pregnant, married, financially secure, and successful on her own terms.

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 Do NOT Apply! womanhood. We want a mate who feels like family and a lover who is exotic, surprising.

We want to be youthful adventurers and middle-aged mothers. We want intimacy and autonomy, safety and stimulation, reassurance and novelty, coziness and thrills.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please up. When I got to the end of the book I felt like I was missing something. Is there a sequel? Erin This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [ I found the ending quite beautiful.

However, I also immediately researched Ariel Levy upon completion of her memoir because I found her story so compelling. It is quite easy to learn what happens next if you wish. She and Dr. John fall in love and get engaged. She is unable to get pregnant again.

To readers of this book: How would you define a miscarriage as compared to premature delivery or a preterm birth? I see all these terms used in articles and reviews to describe what happened in this story. Michelle Mock Medically speaking and depending on where you liveusually anything after 20 weeks is considered a premature birth and is not Do NOT Apply! as a misca …more Medically speaking and depending on where you liveusually anything after 20 weeks is considered a premature birth and is not classified as a miscarriage.

Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Apr 18, Roxane rated it really liked it. The writing on a sentence level is exquisite. Levy's vocabulary is just superb.

This is an interesting book. Levy demonstrates self awareness and is willing to put herself on the in uncomfortable but compelling ways. The end of the book is a mess. The last few chapters are just baffling given the strength of what precedes them. There is also this awkward strain of unexamined white girl privilege throughout. Now, is such examination mandatory? Of course not. But whew. The lack of it is Hmm. The lack of it is pronounced. Still enjoyed this. The writing is just Do NOT Apply! good. View all 18 comments. Jan 16, Always Pouting rated it liked it.

I'm just going to talk openly about what happens in the memoir because it seems as though it's mostly all out there as is, and so I don't want people yelling at me about spoilers. The literal summary provided makes even the miscarriage clear. Ariel Levy was thirty eight when she got pregnant, before which she had been ambivalent about having. Ariel wanted but she also wanted to pursue her ambitions in journalism and create a financially stable life for herself.

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Her desire to live I'm just going to talk openly about what happens in the memoir because it seems as though it's mostly all out there as is, and so I don't want people yelling at me about spoilers. Her desire to live outside of traditional expectations led to a life of travel and enjoyment. Yet one can not have everything, all choices have trade offs, and waiting so long to get pregnant meant Ariel eventually ended up having no children. This was only one of the many choices that lead to the implosion of the life she had created with her spouse Lucy, trade offs that eventually did not sustain the relationship, like Ariel's denial about Lucy's drinking.

Ariel explores what it means to have freedom and the constant grappling she deals with when she chooses to do things based on her desires. I only gave this book three stars because the writing was good and I understand what the author was trying to do.

It's just that the memoir felt badly Do NOT Apply! together. Do NOT Apply! the beginning when she's in Africa and hints at ruining her life by talking to an old lover it is really distracting because after that she goes back in time and I had trouble for a while making out what she was talking about and what the time line of things were. Also it just didn't feel like things fit together, she writes about her childhood and meeting Lucy and her mentor but for some reason I wasn't sure what I was supposed to understand when I put all of that together.

I know that human beings aren't neat narrative packages but I can't stand the way memoirs always do this. No one is interesting enough that I want to read about their life honestly, unless there are larger points being made. It's really sad that her child died, and it was an awful thing that she had him in the bathroom. I even empathize with how much it must have hurt to have to end her relationship with Lucy.

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I know life is messy but it's not really something I want to read about. And at the end she just lists daydreams about where her life might go next. Ariel mentions that she loves to journal and maybe the appropriate place for Do NOT Apply! of this was in a journal. It didn't really reveal anything new for me.

Like wow choices come with trade offs. The most interesting stuff might have been her discussion of how hetronormative gender roles play out in her own relationship but it also just made me dislike her because she keeps talking about how it's Lucy's job to take care of her. Maybe if Ariel just stopped thinking about herself for once then her relationship wouldn't have imploded. You can't put pressure on your spouse to provide, cheat on them while they try to build their company, be in denial about their addiction, and then turn around and leave them when you miscarry and they are in rehab.

Did she really think that would work out. I don't dislike Ariel and I don't think shes a bad person. We all make regrettable decisions.

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