Falling for Me: How I Hung Curtains, Learned to Cook, Traveled to Seville, and Fell in Love

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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 ...

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Overview

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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In love with a married man, the author, a dating expert and writer, is shattered by the heartbreak. Seeking guidance and solace from the bookstore relationship aisle to help her recover and break bad patterns, she stumbles upon Helen Gurley Brown's seminal 1962 book Sex and the Single Girl and is hooked. David finds it full of tips on how a woman can achieve an appreciation for herself and gratitude for being unattached if she wants to be. It "was giving me a hopeful message combined with a realistic plan... to break down the walls I've erected." David embarks on a year-long project to remake herself, trying to conquer the fear and resistance that has gotten in her way. She starts with online dating and moves on to transforming her home into a place that's inviting, embracing cooking for herself, upgrading her wardrobe and traveling on her own to a country where she doesn't speak the language. There's no question that some of David's pursuits are silly (her philosophies on bras; chasing down Brown's vitamin guru), and Brown, who wasn't opposed to anorexia, isn't always a great role model. Nevertheless, the author's all-out commitment makes for a thoughtful chronicle with inspiring lessons in personal growth and building a life one loves from the inside out. (Oct.)
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“Because every girl can use a best-friend-in-a-book, and this one is a winner: funny, smart, and brutally honest.”
Jen Lancaster
“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.”
Jennifer Belle
“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.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061996047
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/11/2011
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Anna David is the author of the novels Party Girl and Bought, and the editor of the anthology Reality Matters. She has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Redbook, Details, and many other publications. She has appeared on national television programs including Today, Hannity, and CNN’s Showbiz Tonight.

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  • Posted October 29, 2011

    Sex and the Single Babe

    In "Falling for Me" Anna David finds herself questioning her life's choices. On one hand she's a successful writer and media personality yet she goes home to a painfully empty apartment at night. She watched as her friends get married and have kids wondering when/if her turn will ever come. Then Helen Gurley Brown's "Sex and the Single Girl" comes to the rescue. David decides to see if the 1960s feminist classic can still help in the 21st century.
    As it turns out the book sends Anna on a variety of missions, adventures, and chores in a quest to make herself a more attractive package to "the right" man. This makes for great reading as David's sense of humor makes even some of the painful stuff a joy to read. "Falling for Me" is a mile-post in David's growth as a writer because she never shies away, or avoids the ugly stuff in her life as she tells her story. These revelations are important as the reader watches her grow as a person. This is risky and brave thing to do. It pays off. "Falling for Me" is an above average metamorphosis piece, and it can be enjoyed by men as well as women.
    Anna David shares a narrative that will have you laughing, yelling, shaking your head, and feeling good in almost every chapter. Worth reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2011

    Self-help in cognito

    This book will entertain and transform you without you realizing it. It's self-help without the lectures and rainbows.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 13, 2011

    Highly Recommended! Anna does it again!

    Every book Anna writes I am more impressed with her skills as a writer and her ability to connect with the audience of whom she writes for. Falling for Me, was an incredibly well written book, as Anna's journey to self improvement and self understanding, leads her through many interesting experiences. It takes a courage to write a Memoir like this that is so raw. Anna leads us through her journey from tears to laughter, from her darkest times to her triumps. This book is about decisions, both good and bad. Hilarious dating site experiences, speed dating, steamy romances, and conquering fears. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has ever doubted themselves as it was quite inspirational to read. Also, don't let the title fool you, men can learn a lot from this book as well, I know I did.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2013

    Psyche

    Name: Psyche Orihara alias: Izaya and Hibiya looks: short raven hair and red eyes wears: a black v-neck t-short and black coat with fur and black shoes likes: collecting data on people solving problems and playing with puzzles reading books on human anatomy and phsychology loves: the rain being hyper and OOTORO!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2013

    Moonlight

    Anime: Death Note; canon/OC: OC; name: Moonlight Kurayami Myst; alias: Midnight Meadow, Ryuri Rikugou; looks: silvery-blue straight hair, extremely pale, crimson eyes, dark shadows under eyes due to insomnia, NEVER wears socks nor shoes, underweight; crush: L; habits: strange sitting position despite wearong a dress(like how L always sits), thinking tic of biting down on thumbnail and sometimes zoning out, can eat a lot yet forgets to eat often, reads most of the time and can read faster than average, would rather stay indoors during daytime though prefers being outside, has habit of doing a Sherlock scan on people she meets

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  • Posted February 12, 2013

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    Anna David is my favorite author. I loved her other books, Party

    Anna David is my favorite author. I loved her other books, Party Girl, Bought,and Reality Matters.

    I had to take a 3 hour train ride today, and I read the entire book , Falling For Me.
    Unlike Anna's other books which were sexy, fun , and exciting to read. This book was a personal memoir.
    Anna was willing to share so much of personal life with us, the reader in this book that I could not put it down.

    I know that Anna is, a relationship expert, and thanks to Social Networking I know that she is also Single.
    I felt it was none of my business why she was not married.
    But Anna wrote this book and explained all of this, her pain, her struggles, her mistakes. Then finally this life changing decision to follow Helen Gurley Brown's example to live her life by.

    Anna always cuts through the fog of romance to answer the basic questions. We cannot be in love with a partner unless we fall in love with ourselves.

    Falling For Me is speaking to me on a deeply personal level. I am age 46, single, with a fear of dying alone. I have difficulty leaving my own comfort zone. I am going to try to learn from Anna's book, Falling For Me to help make vital changes in my own personal life.

    This book had a deep effect on me. I highly recommend it.

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