A trans lover who hacks into your email to leak your affair to your spouse. A male friend who donates his sperm and financially buoys you as your prepare to have his baby. A miscarriage at 19 weeks gestation in a hotel bathroom halfway across the world. An alcoholic wife who threatens to commit suicide before resigning herself to rehab. Just one of those scenarios would be sufficient material for a memoir, but Ariel Levy experienced them all in short order. Those stories make up The Rules Do Not Apply, her New York Times bestselling book. Levy’s descriptions of her struggles are gut-wrenching, visceral, and vivid; her journey back to hope harrowing. You won’t be able to put this book down and you won’t soon forget it. Levy is also the author of Female Chauvinist Pigs and has written for the New Yorker since 2008. She won a National Magazine Award in 2013 for the essay “Thanksgiving in Mongolia,” which inspired the writing of this memoir. She’ll be reading her work along with David Sedaris at Common Good Books this Saturday. Tickets and more info can be found here.