Anna David’s “True Tales of Lust and Love” began as a one-time-only reading and storytelling show in January of 2012, a venue for writers and comedians to share and laugh at their dating disaster stories. But after selling out the venue and attracting immediate press and buzz — with articles in LA Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, Time Out, Flavorpill, and LAist, among others — David agreed to produce the show every month. It has continued not only to sell out but also to attract a growing list of authors, comedians, and Hollywood writers. As Time Out declared, “This is the place to go to see strong female performers.”
With the show now booked indefinitely, and with audio recordings of each performance available on iTunes, Anna has collected the most popular and entertaining pieces into the first ever True Tales of Lust and Love anthology. The book includes essays organized into three sections — Casual Sex, Dating, and Out of the Ordinary — which collectively offer up funny, raucous, insightful, and surprisingly touching confessions about the quest for lust and love. Everyone has dating disaster stories, everyone needs to share and laugh at them, and this anthology will give readers the opportunity to do just that, with contributions from the funniest writers and comedians around, pulled from the world of books, TV, and film. True Tales of Lust and Love is the perfect complement for a funny or cynical Valentine’s Day — and beyond.
[G]reat for reading out loud.
While there is no shortage of books about the pleasures and perils of dating in the 21st century, David’s all-female collection stands out from the crowd . . . Humor and awkwardness feature throughout, but there is enough sweetness, especially in the latter two sections, sprinkled in to inspire even the most jaded to take a second look at their list of potential mates... None of the stories here fall flat; it’s a hysterical and touching read perfect for young women still figuring out their way in the dating world.
Daring, delightful, sexy, cool, sweet, and poignant — Anna David’s compilation True Tales of Lust and Love explores the dark, moist corners of the female psyche, armed with pens, tears, and humor. I savored every word.