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Falling for Me: How I Hung Curtains, Learned to Cook, Traveled to Seville, and Fell in Love Paperback – October 11, 2011
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“A thoughtful chronicle with inspiring lessons in personal growth and building a life one loves from the inside out.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Anna David’s journey is ripe with wry observation of situations ranging from poignant to hilarious, ending with the ultimate message that we create our own happy endings. In short? I fell for Anna David, and you will, too.” (Jen Lancaster, New York Times bestselling author of Bitter Is the New Black)
“In this new form of reality lit, Anna David shows it’s never too late to come of age and sometimes it takes an unexpected fairy godmother- say Helen Gurley Brown-to get us there. Anna had me falling for her, myself, and this book with every brave and vulnerable page.” (Jennifer Belle, New York Times bestselling author of High Maintenance and The Seven Year Bitch)
From the Back Cover
Like most women, whether they’ve chosen the Fortune 500 career path or have had five kids by 35, Anna David wondered if she’d made the right choices. Then she came upon the book Sex and the Single Girl by Helen Gurley Brown, Cosmopolitan’s fearless leader from the mid-sixties to the late nineties. Immediately connecting with Gurley Brown’s unique message of self-empowerment combined with femininity, Anna vowed to use Sex as a lesson plan, venturing out of her comfort zone in the hope of overcoming the fears and insecurities that had haunted her for years. Embarking on a journey both intensely personal and undeniably universal, she becomes adventurous and spontaneous—reviving her wardrobe and apartment, taking French lessons, dashing off to Seville, and whiling nights away with men she never would have considered before. In the process, she ends up meeting the person really worth changing for: herself.
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Top Customer Reviews
But this is more than a book about a single woman's relationship travails. David explores what has made her happy, and unhappy, in the past, and seeks to recreate the former and change the latter. She travels to Seville, a city she remembers fondly from her college days, and while at first she despairs that it isn't the same as she recalled, but proceeds to stick it out and marvel in simple things, like finding an out of the way gym.
I liked the times when David disagreed with Brown, managing to still create an homage to the author while putting her foot down about just how far she'll go. It's not just about how she redecorated or who she dated, as why. As her motivation shifts from self-improvement in the name of dating to simply enjoying her new experiences without a big goal or lesson in mind, David becomes more relatable. She isn't trying to claim that her way (or Gurley's) is the only way, but simply one way she fell for, and learned about, herself. An entertaining memoir that will be especially of interest to people in their thirties (or older) who feel like they're "too old" to change their lives.
Anna David's self-deprecating writing style makes for a largely fun book to read. This book also marks a noticeable growth in her already solid writing skills as she shares some painful moments with her readers at key points in the book. For example the first chapter features ugly revelations about herself, her character, and how she feared growing old alone. This is a hell of an admission from someone who makes a living as a "relationships expert", yet can't get her own love life off the ground. The book weaves this theme throughout, and we get to see her get a grip on who she really is. Then we watch as she evolves as she actively works to allow herself to grow.
"Falling for Me" is a great book for men and women. It's about getting past the worst enemy in your life - yourself, and discovering the rest of your life. It's not preachy, it's not high-brow psycho-babble, it's straight, humorous, bittersweet memoir from Anna David. The book avoids cliché and is honestly written and that's the highest compliment I can make about any book. Great gift idea too .
Anna David's pivotal moment came when she was on the verge of a major meltdown and became captivated by the pages of Sex & the Single Girl by Helen Gurley Brown in a NYC bookstore. Being single wasn't the end all...timeless advice from this 1960's book. This motivated Anna to apply age old advice, with a modern day girl spin to find love.
Throughout the book, the author depicts her most intimate thoughts, questionable choices, actions and vulnerabilities. It was uncannily comforting to feel as if this stranger was describing so many of my own life experiences. It was like reading chapters out of my own story.
The wit, inner-banter and vulnerability eloquently detailed by Anna provides an outlet for self awareness and entertainment, whether you're a single girl of all ages or married woman with or without children. And the perfect and insightful resource for the curious male.
My 'Falling for Me' experience provided me with what a book hasn't in a very long time... inspiration and camaraderie. The universal message lets you know that whether it's something small or something that scares you to the core, those are the things that guide on the ultimate quest to finding love...in yourself.
Nicely done Anna David.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's a great book that I can relate a lot too! Anna has her own witty way of telling a story, definitely love it!Published 3 months ago
Poignant, revealing, honest, funny...this book is wonderful.Published on July 22, 2014 by Amazon Customer
It makes you think about your day-by-day actions and what are you doing for yourself and not for others... I recommend it!Published on March 23, 2014 by Juliana Macedo
An inspirational little book -- I thought the author used just the right combo of humor and self-reflection. Read morePublished on February 26, 2014 by Christa
Only two stars. Great message, but this book was difficult to finished. I was pretty bored reading it. Fiction is more captivating.Published on January 4, 2014 by Anonymous
Hilarious and inspiring. Wished it wasn't over when I got to the last page. I've recommended it to many friends and reference it often. Read morePublished on October 19, 2013 by Patricia J Thompson
A very unique and honest voice. She doesn't hold anything back or sugar coat the story of the journey she is on. I look forward to more from Anna David.Published on July 31, 2013 by Tom O'Hara
Idea for storyline was unique...but, the writing style was just OK...not one of my favorites, although I always read Cosmopolitan and knew all about Helen Gurley Brown, whose ideas... Read morePublished on September 5, 2012 by fluffy