Anna David Author Biography Essay

"A thoughtful chronicle with inspiring lessons in personal growth and building a life one loves from the inside out."

"Funny, smart and compulsively likeable, Anna David is this decade's answer to Carrie Bradshaw. There won't be a single second you won't root for her as she bravely tries to answer the resonating question: how can I be my best self? I loved every moment of her discovery."

-- Allison Winn Scotch, author of Time of My Life and The Department of Lost And Found

Praise for Party Girl:

"Imagine Bridget Jones with a byline, bigger IQ, and substance abuse issues, and you've entered Party Girl territory. Anna David writes with a new strain of relentless, self-deprecating genius that re-casts the worn-down hooves of Prada-wearing demons with spanking new kicks . . . Party Girl is the kind of book that's impossible to read without stopping to repeat great lines to total strangers, who will then try and follow you home. The writing is at once laugh-out-loud hysterical and Capote elegant . . . Every generation deserves an epic worthy of its own glam self-destruction and redemption. This time, Party Girl earns the crown. It's a fantastic, beautifully written, and authentic slice of a life that looked shiny on the outside. By the end, the reader is just praying Ms. David will get back in her chair and write After-Party."

-- Jerry Stahl, best-selling author of Permanent Midnight and I, Fatty

"Anna David has provided us with the real deal -- a rollercoaster read that transports us in to the world of the Party Girl. Once emblematic for feminine machismo and independence, the party girl of today is in fact a human being with an illness. At once uproarious and poignant, Anna David's portrayal of the experience of addiction and nuances of recovery is the most accurate I have come across."

-- Dr. Drew Pinsky, addiction expert and host of Loveline

"I love this book! Party Girl is a smart, hilarious, and sometimes poignant page-turner that takes you past the velvet ropes and into the rabbit hole of the Hollywood party scene. David addresses addiction, recovery, and modern love in such a funny, honest, caustic and no-holds-barred way. You feel like you've lived it (and in the case of David's delightfully flawed and redeemed heorine) survived it."

-- Cindy Chupack, writer/executive producer for Sex and the City and author of The Between Boyfriends Book

"An inspirational story -- a triumph over the red carpet, instant intimacy with celebs and an open bar."

-- Liz Smith, The New York Post

"Simultaneously channeling Charles Bukowski and Anaïs Nin, Anna David takes on a harrowing joy-ride through the often joyless Hollywood Hills of self-destruction and redemption. Party Girl is at once fresh, heartbreaking, and downright sexy. To watch Amelia Stone struggle to transcend the booze and booty-calls that define her sense of self is to ride shot-gun with a truly authentic voice that makes Sex and the City look like Disneyland."

-- Ian Kerner, New York Times best-selling author of She Comes First and Be Honest -- You're Not That Into Him, Either

"You'll screech in amazed delight at every page of Anna David's Party Girl. If you've ever stared at photos of Hollywood nightclubs and wondered, what do the Hollywood gliteratti really talk about and do when the cameras are off? Anna David has the travel guide for you. A hilarious tale of a madcap self-destructing screwball heroine -- Irene Dunne with a Sidekick and a Prada bag full of cocaine -- careening through the glamorous palaces of Tinseltown. A Less Than Zero for the Paris Hilton age."

-- Richard Rushfield, author of On Spec: A Novel of Young Hollywood

"Let the prose paparazzo's flashbulbs explode on this stunning debut. Fiercely sexy, bracingly frank. In Party Girl, Anna David quite simply gives us back our soul in this played-out Paris Hilton era. Reality fiction never had it so good. This girl's the real thing."

-- Rachel Resnick, LA Times best-selling author of Go West, Young F*cked up Chick

"A steamy roman a clef from one of America's popular novelists."

-- Page Six, New York Post

"The patter is bubbly and witty."

-- Publishers Weekly

"Fans of Candace Bushnell and Jane Green will lap up David's debut novel."

-- Booklist

"Perfect for gossip-hungry readers."

-- Cosmopolitan

"David's debut novel combines a candid picture of addiction and recovery with scandalously funny, only-in-LA adventures."

-- Redbook

Praise for Bought:

"Trying to pick sides is all part of the fun, as is asking yourself: What would you do to get what you want?... I practically devoured this."


"The book may be fiction but the world it exposes is real - and, recession be damned - thriving."

-- New York Post

"David presents a glitzy, glamorous, gossipy novel."

-- Booklist

"A moralizing tale of self-discovery...David sets up interesting parallels between selling your soul and selling your body."

-- Publishers Weekly

Praise for Reality Matters

"A brilliant compilation."

-- Starpulse

"Durable writing about reality television, is such a thing possible?...[Reality Matters] may answer that question. It contains considered essays on 'Project Runway,' 'Dog Whisperer,' 'Survivor,' and 'Jersey Shore'....[and] useful analysis of the fakery/reality issues inherent in television that purports to be, though rarely is, entirely true. "

-- The New Yorker

"Fun, funny, and surprising."

-- Penthouse

"If there's anything more entertaining than experiencing the guilty pleasure of reality TV firsthand, it's reading a bunch of brilliant people trying to rationalize their obsession with the genre."

-- Flavorpill

Anna David is the New York Times-bestselling author of the novels Party Girl (HarperCollins, 2007) and Bought (HarperCollins, 2009), the non-fiction books Reality Matters (HarperCollins, 2010), Falling for Me (HarperCollins, 2011), By Some Miracle I Made It Out of There (Simon & Schuster, 2013) and True Tales of Lust and Love (Counterpoint, 2014) and the Kindle Singles Animal Attraction (Amazon, 2012) and They Like Me, They Really Like Me (Amazon, 2013).

She was the sex and relationship expert on G4's Attack of the Show for over three years and is a regular guest on The Today Show, Fox News' Hannity and Red Eye, The CBS Morning Show, Dr. Drew, The Talk, Jane Velez-Mitchell, Inside Edition and various other programs on Fox News, NBC, MSNBC, CTV, MTV News, VH1 and E. Her Sirius radio show was the network's number-one specialty show and she's written for Time, Vice, The New York Times, The LA Times, Details, Playboy, People, Cosmo, Us Weekly, Redbook, Maxim, Movieline, Women's Health, The New York Post, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, xojane and Salon, among many others.

Anna is the CEO of Light Hustler (, a company dedicated to helping people share their dark to find their light—through essays, books, storytelling, interviews and more. She hosts the Light Hustler podcast and storytelling show and runs the coaching program All The Write Moves ( She has been an editor at the websites AfterParty Magazine, Rehab Reviews, Styleclick, Dipdive and The Fix, an assistant editor at Parenting and a staff writer for Premiere. She speaks at colleges across the country on addiction, recovery and relationships.

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