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Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's Learned [Paperback]

Lena Dunham


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9 Oct 2014

Lena Dunham, acclaimed writer-director-star of HBO and Sky Atlantic’s ‘Girls’ and the award-winning movie ‘Tiny Furniture’, displays her unique powers of observation, wisdom and humour in this exceptional collection of essays.

For readers of Nora Ephron, Tina Fey, and David Sedaris, this hilarious, poignant, and extremely frank collection of personal essays confirms Lena Dunham – the acclaimed creator, producer, and star of HBO’s ‘Girls’ – as one of the brightest and most original writers working today.

“If I can take what I’ve learned in this life and make one treacherous relationship or degrading job easier for you, perhaps even prevent you from becoming temporarily vegan, then every misstep of mine will have been worthwhile. This book contains stories about wonderful nights with terrible boys and terrible days with wonderful friends, about ambition and the two existential crises I had before the age of twenty. About fashion and its many discontents. About publicly sharing your body, having to prove yourself in a meeting full of fifty-year-old men, and the health fears (tinnitus, lamp dust, infertility) that keep me up at night. I’m already predicting my future shame at thinking I had anything to offer you with this book, but also my future glory in having stopped you from trying an expensive juice cleanse or having the kind of sexual encounter where you keep your sneakers on. No, I am not a sexpert, a psychologist, or a registered dietician. I am not a married mother of three or the owner of a successful hosiery franchise. But I am a girl with a keen interest in self-actualization, sending hopeful dispatches from the front lines of that struggle.”


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Praise for Lena Dunham and ‘Girls’:

***Time Magazine’s Coolest Person of the Year 2012***

‘”Girls” is a revelation. There's nothing else like it on Earth.’ Guardian

‘There has never been anything quite like “Girls” before. There has never been anyone like Lena Dunham – running a massive, pop-culture phenomenon, on her own, at the age of 26. To a generation of girls, she is the thing. The very thing. The absolute thing.’ Caitlin Moran, The Times

‘It’s bizarre to see women not enjoying sex, female characters not primarily designed to be likeable or ever-so-carefully constructed to appeal to key marketing demographics and to see them demonstrate more than one characteristic each. Hannah is by turns clever, petulant, witty, ignorant, neurotic, scared, confident and insecure, and it is wonderful.
This rare experience of course comes about because it is, more than any other creation in recent memory, the product of one woman’s talent. It is a female vision.’ Lucy Mangan, Stylist magazine

‘The tone and attitude of “Girls” feel totally new for TV. The show is not “Sex and the City” or “Friends”. It doesn’t have me fantasizing about a fabulous apartment and a collection of expensive pumps and a social world based on money and sex. It has me really just wanting to be OK with myself—you know, the thing you’re left with once you realize that the other stuff is all just aspirational.’ Tavi Gevinson, Rookie Mag

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At only 23 years old, Dunham wrote, directed and starred in the multi-award winning ‘Tiny Furniture’. She now stars in the HBO series, ‘Girls’, which she created and also serves as an executive producer and writer. Dunham graduated from Oberlin College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and currently resides in New York City.


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