Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned" is a memoir written by Lena Dunham. The book, a collection of autobiographical. Bart In response to this, Lena has clarified that Barry is not the man in as “not that kind of girl” by titling her first book Not That Kind of Girl, Lena Dunham is still a very Lena Dunham is the kind of girl who can write a sentence that makes you. Lena Dunham addressed the controversy in Time magazine, saying she was . Lena Dunham wrote in a book that she molested her sister, but it
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On October 8, , Dunham signed a $ million deal with Random House to publish her first book, an essay collection called Not That Kind of Girl: A Young. Lena Dunham may not like our interpretation of her book, but unfortunately for her and her attorneys, she wrote that book – and the First. LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER Lena Dunham launches her book 'Not That Kind Of Girl' at the Royal Festival Hall on October 31,
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A fine, subversive book. I thought I knew the author rather well, and I found many not altogether welcome surprises. 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. 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.
Lena Dunham is the creator of the critically acclaimed HBO series Girls, for which she also serves as executive producer, writer, and director. Not That Kind of Girl is from that kind of girl: And that is why Dunham is not only a voice who deserves to be heard but also one who will inspire other important voices to tell their stories too.
Dunham can deliver on nearly any platform she chooses. The result is shocking and radical because it is utterly familiar. Not That Kind of Girl is hilarious, artful, and staggeringly intimate; I read it shivering with recognition. On these topics, Dunham is funny, wise, and, yes, brave. Your version matters more. It's like watching a Woody Allen film. I get it, I don't wanna live it. But she has some great life lesson points though, and her chapter about things she's gonna write about Hollywood when she's 80 really gives me incentive to live until 90 or whatever to be able to read it.
And the art is really cute.
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Bottom line if you like her show, you'll like this. She lives up to her voice and that was nice. Jan 14, Kelly and the Book Boar rated it it was ok Shelves: Find all of my reviews at: I knew next to nothing about Lena Dunham when I decided to read this book. Makes me an expert on reviewing this book, right? So here goes. I can go with the vast majority and agree that Lena Dunham is a very talented young girl.
Now, I might agree were it not for the fact that the above is followed by Dunham stating she discovered a virtual treasure trove of pebbles her sister had just so happened to decide to stick up her nether-yay-ya that very day that her mother then had to extract. This is where I find the need to bring my handy-dandy little assistant into the mix.
Yep, I think Dunham is full of shit. She says herself: Because I add an invented detail to almost every story I tell about my mother.
I think she found herself famous at a very young age, was offered a book deal, and therefore had to invent a more interesting history for herself. Sadly, I think all of these embellishments or fabrications were included because Dunham fears her one confession of a night where she made bad decisions that led her to be raped will be the story no one believes.
Now that that is out of the way, let me explain the reasoning behind my 2. Dunham needs a chance to settle in to fame, make peace with her past, and heal before putting her story out for the entire world to see. View all 28 comments. Sep 30, Beth rated it it was ok. I hate it that I hated this book. Don't trust narrator. She states it outright herself. Yet, the contradictions in her book were jarring and didn't seem to serve a purpose e.
I understand and applaud Dunham's efforts to portray "real sex" and not "hollywood sex" in film and literature, but recounting every hap I hate it that I hated this book. I understand and applaud Dunham's efforts to portray "real sex" and not "hollywood sex" in film and literature, but recounting every haphazard sexual experience she's had wasn't enlightening or amusing.
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Most of us already know the hollywood portrayal isn't real and just because she's slept with a few losers doesn't mean that the rest of us wont or shouldn't I also think she needs to take another look at her friend Juliana who was clearly IMing her as Igor hello!
Manti Teo! In the "body" section her random list of calories eaten per day was not interesting, and I hope she really didn't think that counting 2 dried cherries as 8 calories on one day and 8 dried cherries as 5 calories on another day actually would elicit laughter.
Many of the chapters seemed like new yorker satires that went on ten pages too long. I did really like the chapter on the childrens clothing shop, and the "things I'll say when I'm 80" piece. These actually shed some light on the actual occurrences surrounding her landing a TV show and working as a creative director. Perhaps the debut's timing was just bad.
I'd just attended a lecture by Zadie Smith railing against "creatives" vs. Aug 28, Deanna rated it liked it. In this book we get a collection of essays based on her life. Essays on all kinds of topics told in her blunt and what some may consider strange way.
She is very open about the experiences she has had.
Her essays are varied. No topic is out of bounds from masturbation, sex, falling in love, feeling alone, anxiety and OCD disorders, feeling insecure about her weight, filming naked, trying to prove hers Not That Kind of Girl: No topic is out of bounds from masturbation, sex, falling in love, feeling alone, anxiety and OCD disorders, feeling insecure about her weight, filming naked, trying to prove herself in the entertainment industry and more.
She just really wants to share her story. I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this book. There's no denying that she is talented. I would likely have a different take on the book altogether if I had not watched her show. I found parts of the book entertaining. Her attraction to the typical "bad boy" which many can likely identify with.
Her description of the awkwardness of filming naked is hilarious. At other times she comes across as quite selfish and spoiled much like her character Hannah.
However, she even frequently admits herself that she can be self absorbed. But I do give her kudos for being honest and and candid. I felt some of it was just her day to day musings which were not always that funny or relevant. For example the food diary chapter had me a bit baffled. Maybe she was just trying to share how hard it can be to lose weight even if you're eating healthy.
It seemed to be something that really embarrassed her so I guess she felt it was important for her to share. A somewhat enjoyable and easy read, but not quite what I thought the book would be. I do think in some ways what she did was really brave. She really just said it how it is in her words in her world. View all 25 comments.
Sep 30, Lisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: Dear Lena, I'm not a huge fan of this term either, but I think I have a girl crush on you. We have everything in common.
I am also very sentimental and sometimes sad over my past life as a student, even though the stuff that came after it was better than I was hoping for.
I can't remember what life was like before fear became my daily companion.
And I only get B. Wow, Lena, we are SO alike.
Well, maaaaaaaaybe not "SO" alike. I'm a mom of three. And I live in a little cape square feet that desperately needs painting. Oh, and I've never been to camp. But none of that really seems to matter. I wonder why that is? I think I know why. I think it's because you've given a voice to so many of the things I've done and felt and worried about, things I never thought I'd hear from another woman.
At least not in the way you do it, which is unfiltered, with no apologies, and without shame or hesitation. I think this is why I feel that I'm just like you, because you have an ability to unite women, young and old. I just think it's awesome.
So maybe I don't have a girl crush on you. Maybe what I have is a deep respect for you as a woman - an honest woman - with talent, ambition, beauty, and something real to say. In fact, I'm sure that's it. Love, Lisa p. To my Goodreads friends: I loved this book. I laughed out loud. I got misty. I felt like I understood the author and that she understood me. I wrote down my favorite lines, lots of them.
And I recommend this wonderful book to you. View all 24 comments. Nov 29, Kiki rated it did not like it. I think the reason I hated this is the same reason why I kind of hate Girls , too: I don't know if I was more annoyed about Dunham lamenting her charmed childhood or sticking an "honorary queer woman" button on her shirt god, that irritates the fuck out of me or crushing a massive anecdote about camp that made no sense in the last twenty-five or so pages.
All I know is that I was desperate for this book to end. I was desperate for it to end as I was reading the first chapter.
Alas, it's a memoir. I'm loath to judge memoirs, because they are what they are. You don't take a bite of a banana cream pie if you know you don't like sweets, and thus I land myself in the same jam as when I battled through Eat, Pray, Love. All I can say, vaguely and yet with a great deal of certainty, is that this book was terrible to me. God, it was terrible. Just terrible. View all 12 comments. Nov 16, Ingrid rated it liked it. I always had a soft spot for Girls because I assumed Dunham was being self-aware in her depictions of various Lena-esque characters navigating the horrors of their 20s: Sure, she's quick to point out the absurdities of an upscale baby clothes store she once worked at, where Gwyneth Paltrow and her peers download tiny pinafores with price tags equaling a semester at Yale for babies named after fruit species how silly THAT is!
Normal is throwing a casual little vegan brunch party as a teen that just happens to be featured in the New York Times society pages.
Normal is being able to afford going to a private therapist three times a week her entire childhood. Does it make me sound like a conservative blogger when I apply words like "elite" and "privilege" to Lena Dunham? I hope not, because I believe there's nothing wrong with being born with that silver spoon in your mouth. It doesn't mean that you don't have anything important to say, or that, if you're good at speaking which Dunham certainly is , you can't speak for all of us.
But if your entire life's work involves being knowingly self-deprecatory about the specific ironies of our generation, for God's sake don't skim past the unique absurdities of your own hugely privileged upbringing. How am I supposed to trust you if you act like that's not important? Dunham's writing is as smart and witty as you'd expect it to be, but her disappointing lack of self-awareness as she describes what she seems to think is an average upbringing makes it hard to relate to her at all -- even when she faces real, actual adversity.
View all 3 comments. Sep 30, Stefan Mesch rated it it was ok Shelves: Lena herself seems passionate and smart Not enough urgency. Not enough drive. Please go read 20 or 30 of these quotes. They encapsulate what's great about Lena witty! But they also show the bumpiness, flunkiness, hit-and-miss meandering of this book project: I just didn't want to be one. I was fourteen. I didn't want to be anything yet. It's fine to play with her just as long as you keep that in mind.
Or this lonely. Or this hairy. I thought. Meeting other, slightly different kinds of white girls! You have a place to put all your sorrow now" "that syrupy terror that characterized summer nights as a nine-year-old sometimes lasts for days now" "Every sexual encounter has felt like a first visit with a new general practioner.
Awkward, burdensome, a little chilly. You won't finish, just administer one horrified lick, and he won't talk to you again" "Only when I got to college did it dawn on me that maybe my upbringing hadn't been very 'real'.
But sharing is my first instinct. In college, all I seemed to do was found literary magazines with inexplicable names. Technique, passion, philosophy, we don't touch any of that. But never motherhood. If you have any spare pills, I will take those, too. Just recently graduated, I had stormed out of my restaurant job on a whim. I will never be vengeful. I won't be threatened by the old, or by the new. So I can have an 'oeuvre' - or at least a 'filmography'.
Jul 03, Megan Johnson rated it liked it.
This book was really not as funny as I thought it would be. It was a little dry.
It is nothing like the show, which I knew that it wouldn't be, but I thought that Lena would be the same in the show and in the book.
My mistake. Not a complete loss, I laughed through some of it and fell asleep through some. The book was written well, so that's always a plus! Oct 06, Ami rated it liked it.
It is really hard to review the Lena Dunham book. Of essays?? The good things first: If the gracious, inclusive publicity weren't enough to show you that the author is really behind this book, the writing will. Unsurprisingly, her turns of phrase are amazing, and It is really hard to review the Lena Dunham book. Unsurprisingly, her turns of phrase are amazing, and man, did I laugh out loud more than I expected to.
There are a couple essays where the sentiments expressed were so close to my thinking it was creepy. On dieting: Every pound lost made me giddy, but at the same time a voice inside me screamed, Who is this lady you've become?
You are a potbellied riot girl! Why are you plugging your caloric intake into your smartphone!? It's in these moments that Lena Dunham became her own person, fully removed from Hannah Horvath and the whole Girls oeuvre. A little more witty, in a Dorothy Parker kind of way. A little bit tougher, in a Cheryl Strayed kind of way. I want a whole book just of these essays. But a lot of the other parts of the book felt derivative from the content of Girls, and while it's always enjoyable to spend time with "Lena Dunham," it felt like things I'd seen before.
Which is totally ok! The woman is in her early 20s, she's gonna repeat some ideas. I can even picture the publishing meeting where her editor said something like, well we need to keep the fans happy! Even with those issues, well worth a read.
View all 8 comments. Feb 07, Sh3lly GrumpyBookGrrrl. Hmm, what to say about this. It wasn't awful. I like Lena Dunham. I have never watched Girls but I like how she is unconventional and "quirky. I know she was in her lates when she wrote this? She didn't talk about her career or show much at all.
It was all about her childhood and college years. She had some awful, awkward sexual experiences. But most of it was just kind of boring mundane stories about camp and firs Hmm, what to say about this. But most of it was just kind of boring mundane stories about camp and first jobs and ramblings of events that are honestly unmemorable.
She suffers from anxiety and OCD and was medicated and in therapy at an early age. Her family seemed pretty normal, and she definitely had a privileged childhood. She knows it. I honestly felt the controversial parts got blown out of proportion. I'm not sure if she embellished certain sections, but it's possible.
I think Lena Dunham is smart. I just don't think there was enough content here to fill a book. I struggled to finish it because it all started to sound the same.
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She goes back and forth in time and revisits the same time periods and even some of the same events? There was section called "Work," I think it was called, and it was about her working at some upscale shop for expensive baby clothes? I did like some of it, but I was hoping for more. Previous post: But they didn't talk about anything in this book, I don't think. She seemed pretty normal, to be honest.
Nov 17, Jenna rated it really liked it Shelves: I will be honest when I say that I had no idea who Lena Dunham was when I started reading her book of essays. Whoever is responsible for marketing her book did a standup job because I have seen so much publicity for it that I had to get my hands on itRetrieved November 7, Was ich im Leben so gelernt habe German Edition Oct 7, Dunham dodges that frankly unfair bullet by making this volume a fundraiser.
Lena Dunham and Katie Couric. Paperback , Audio CD. I simply waited and asked myself questions: was I strong enough to be an activist? Best known as the creator, writer, and star of the HBO series Girls, now in its fifth and penultimate season, and the author of Not That Kind of Girl, she has emerged as a feminist voice for the millennial generation.
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