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The Naked Truth: Sex and Dating in College It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the way romantic relationships are portrayed in the media isn’t representative of how they play out in real life. Rather than being glorious experiences filled with a succession of fairy tale moments, real relationships involve compromise, hard work and, above all else, honesty. That’s not to say that they aren’t also filled with glorious experiences and fairy tale moments — just that the less-than-pleasant aspects of romance aren’t always emphasized out there in world. So it’s no wonder that many of us aren’t sure how to navigate these waters.
But if there’s one thing I’ve learned that helps all of us, it’s that relationships cannot survive without honesty. That doesn’t mean confessing our deep, dark secrets or every last anxiety to all our romantic interests but it does mean saying how we really feel — no matter how fearful or unappealing-sounding it may be — to other people but mostly to ourselves.
In the time I’ve spent advising people about sex and relationships (as the sex, dating and relationship expert on G4’s Attack of the Show for three years and also on The Today Show, The Talk, The CBS Morning Show and various Fox News shows), I’ve discovered that every question I field is, at its core, about honesty. Whether people are asking about how to reveal interest, ways to break up, faking orgasms or anything else, the answer, to me, always comes down to figuring out the truth as well as the most comfortable way express it.
Still, knowing you should be honest and being honest aren’t exactly the same thing. It’s my 13 years of sobriety — quitting the drugs that were destroying my life and not returning to them no matter how much I may want to shield myself from the truth at times — that I’ve developed the ways to do this. And that’s why I created a storytelling show (and subsequent book), True Tales of Lust and Love, which showcased women breaking through their barriers and fears to tell the truth about the painful, educational and sometimes just funny experiences they’d had in romance.
The program that I’ve developed, The Naked Truth: Sex and Dating in College, walks young people through the process of discovering how they really feel about themselves and romantic partners, determining what should be shared about those truths and what kept private, and navigating the occasionally rough waters of sex and romance.
Surviving and Thriving in an Addictive Society
Addiction may be constantly in the news — and recovery from it is documented on a series of television shows — but very little about how to really cope with and get over these issues is really known. Writer, addiction expert and television personality Anna David takes the information she's gleaned from articles and books she's written about the topic — but primarily from her own personal experience as an addict who's been sober nearly a decade — and breaks alcoholism, addiction and recovery into simple and relatable concepts. SURVIVING AND THRIVING IN AN ADDICTIVE SOCIETY will appeal to those suffering with full-blown or burgeoning addictions, those in romantic or family relationships with addicts, or anyone who wants to learn how to better cope with a society that's always gunning for more, more, more. The program she's developed is designed to help college students catch their burgeoning addictions before they truly take hold as well as give general life lessons on how to cope in a society that in many ways sets its members up to think addictively.
About Anna David
An addict who's been sober for over 13 years and New York Times bestselling author of six books, Anna David has used her writing and television career to help spread awareness about alcoholism and drug addiction. Dr. Drew Pinsky declared her first novel, Party Girl (HarperCollins, 2007), "the most accurate portrayal of the experience of addiction and nuances of recovery I've come across." Her second novel, Bought (HarperCollins, 2009) — a fictionalized version of an investigative feature she penned for Details magazine on high-class prostitution in Hollywood — explored how chemical dependency fuels the lifestyles of those who sell their bodies to get what they think they want. She wrote Tom Sizemore’s biography, By Some Miracle I Made It Out of There, which focused entirely on his addiction to and recovery from meth.
Anna was the first journalist to bust the myth that crystal meth was just for truckers and gay men when she wrote about the studio executives who used it with abandon in a 2004 issue of Details (causing Liz Smith to note that she was "carving out a niche uncovering the seedy side of deluxe living"). She's also explored prescription pill addiction for Razor magazine and analyzed the part alcohol plays in dating for sites like msn.com and wetv.com.
A regular TV guest, Anna has discusses addiction regularly on Dr. Drew, The Jane Velez Mitchell Show, The Today Show, CNN's Showbiz Tonight, and a variety of Fox News programs, including Hannity & Colmes, Red Eye, The Live Desk, and The Big Story. She's spoken to many audiences about her own experiences with drugs, alcohol and recovery, prompting praise for her "delivery, language, presentation, optimism, transcendence, positive energy, and youthful candor." In 2013, she launched TheAfterPartyGroup, a series of websites which focus on changing the perception of addiction and recovery.
“Imagine Bridget Jones with a by-line, bigger IQ, and substance abuse issues, and you’ve entered Party Girl territory. Anna David writes with a 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 it’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, bestselling author of Permanent Midnight and I, Fatty
“Media is a twitter with stories of celebrity party girls and yet not a soul seems to understand what the lives of these young women are truly like. Well, here it is. Anna David has provided us with the real deal. A roller coaster 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, host of Loveline, star of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew
“Anna David takes on a harrowing joyride 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. This is the real thing.” – Ian Kerner, New York Times bestselling author of She Comes First and Be Honest — You’re Not That Into Him, Either
“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. Anna 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 Anna’s delightfully flawed and redeemed heroine) survived it.” – Cindy Chupack, author of The Between Boyfriends Book and a writer/executive producer of Sex and the City
“Let the prose paparazzi’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, bestselling author of Go West, Young F*cked Up Chick
“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’s gliterati 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 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
“This is your brain on Party Girl: Sizzle. Pop. Narrative-as-amyl-nitrate. Anna David’s reality fiction dissects the supposed glitz of Hollywood and celebrity “journalism” through the getting-sober eye of Amelia Stone, L.A.’s version of Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw–but with triple the level of smarts, self-awareness and psychopathology. This story wraps itself in societal satire but at its core is an earnest account of one young woman’s journey into her own heart of darkness. It’s that exploration that resonates for the reader long after the party is over.” – Samantha Dunn, author of Faith in Carlos Gomez
“An inspirational story — a triumph over the red carpet, instant intimacy with celebs and an open bar.” – Liz Smith
"David manages to eloquently and humorously unveil what could be a new subgenre: Chick Lit with a Message...full of humor and heart...this realistic element of struggle — for sobriety, self-awareness and compassion — makes this former party girl not just likable, but believable." – The New York Post
"One of America's most popular novelists." – Page Six
"Perky, ambitious, attractive...The perception shared by most people David comes into contact with is that she's utterly and absolutely fabulous." – Vegas Magazine