#1 International Bestseller



From the New York Times bestselling author of By Some Miracle I Made It Out of There and Party Girl comes an uproarious and gritty collection which proves that no matter how dark it gets, the light can always crack through.

Anna David was, in every way, groomed for success. She grew up in an affluent community and came from a family that prioritized SAT scores, Harvard attendance and high-paying jobs. 

The problem was, she had low SAT scores, was rejected by Harvard and spent her early life feeling like the family’s great disappointment. 

Concluding that success was not for her, Anna focused her energies on an area where she excelled: drugs, alcohol and general mayhem. Washing ashore on the beaches of recovery at the age of 30, she begrudgingly entered a world of sobriety. That’s when she discovered that there were all sorts of ways to define success—and what’s more, that it was never too late to find it.

The stories in this collection document her journey from self-indulgent party girl to sober and only semi-indulgent woman. By turns hilarious and touching, disturbing and ridiculous, How I Got Successful By F*cking Up My Life proves that you truly can f*ck up your way to the top.


“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

“At the intersection of storytelling and recovery, you meet Anna David.”

Forbes Magazine

“A witty prose stylist.” 

Martha Stewart’s Whole Living 

“Anna David may have invented a new genre: Chick Lit With a Message.” 

The New York Post


About the Author

Anna David is the New York Times and #1 Amazon bestselling author of two novels and five non-fiction books about addiction, recovery and relationships. 

She’s been published in The New York Times, Time, The LA Times, Vanity Fair, Playboy, Vice, Cosmo, People, Marie Claire, Redbook, Esquire, Self, Women’s Health, The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and Salon among many others, written about in numerous publications, including Forbes, Martha Stewart Living, Entrepreneur, Allure and Women’s Healthand has appeared repeatedly on The Today Show, Hannity, Attack of the Show, Dr. Drew, Red Eye, The Talk, The CBS Morning Show, The Insider and numerous other programs on Fox News, NBC, CBS, MTV, VH1 and E.

She speaks at colleges across the country about relationships, addiction and recovery and has been a featured speaker at three different TedX events. 

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