Not That Kind Of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's Learned

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Not That Kind Of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's Learned

by Lena Dunham

Doubleday Canada | September 30, 2014 | Hardcover

Not That Kind Of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's Learned is rated 3.75 out of 5 by 8.

From the acclaimed creator, producer, and star of HBO’s Girls comes a hilarious, wise, and fiercely candid collection of personal essays that establishes Lena Dunham as one of the most original young talents writing today.
 
            In Not That Kind of Girl, Dunham illuminates the experiences that are part of making one’s way in the world: falling in love, feeling alone, being ten pounds overweight despite eating only health food, having to prove yourself in a room full of men twice your age, finding true love, and, most of all, having the guts to believe that your story is one that deserves to be told.
            “Take My Virginity (No, Really, Take It)” is the account of Dunham’s first time, and how her expectations of sex didn’t quite live up to the actual event (“No floodgate had been opened, no vault of true womanhood unlocked”); “Girls & Jerks” explores her former attraction to less-than-nice guys—guys who had perfected the “dynamic of disrespect” she found so intriguing; “Is This Even Real?” is a meditation on her lifelong obsession with death and dying—what she called her “genetically predestined morbidity.” And in “I Didn’t Fuck Them, but They Yelled at Me,” she imagines the tell-all she will write when she is eighty and past caring, able to reflect honestly on the sexism and condescension she has encountered in Hollywood, where women are “treated like the paper thingies that protect glasses in hotel bathrooms—necessary but infinitely disposable.”
            Exuberant, moving, and keenly observed, Not That Kind of Girl is a series of dispatches from the frontlines of the struggle that is growing up. “I’m already predicting my future shame at thinking I had anything to offer you,” Dunham writes. “But if I can take what I’ve learned and make one menial job easier for you, or prevent you from having the kind of sex where you feel you must keep your sneakers on in case you want to run away during the act, then every misstep of mine will have been worthwhile.”

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8.53 × 5.79 × 1.14 in

Published: September 30, 2014

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385680678

ISBN - 13: 9780385680677

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Vulgar and Inappropriate A poorly written book containing reflections from Dunham that many have considered criminal. In addition, the content of the book is very uninteresting.
Date published: 2015-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from honest and inspiring. I never thought I was a fan of Lena Dunham outside of her HBO show "Girls" but this book has changed my perception of Dunham in truly positive way. She is incredibly honest, thoughtful and hilarious throughout this book while diving into real problems like love, rape, and females in a male dominated industry. she is relatable in many aspects. This book was a delight.
Date published: 2015-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excruciatingly honest I know very little about Lena Dunham. I have never seen her act or even an interview with her so I went into this completely blind. She is certainly very honest but also kind of pretentious. This book had some very funny moments but also long passages that were extremely boring. The chapter where she reads her food diary and the calorie counts of each item was not at all interesting to me. There were many points where I found my attention drifting. I finished the book with the feeling that I am not nearly as weird as I thought and my most embarrassing moments do not even rate on the scale of mortification. I cringed at so many of her stories but I do admire her openness and bravery in laying it all out there.
Date published: 2015-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I thoroughly appreciated curling up in my chair with a cup of tea and reading this book - which I just didn't want to put down and took a couple days to read. Her truth and honesty is very refreshing to read. Overall a very enjoyable read.
Date published: 2014-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I absolutely adored this book! I am so happy that I chose to purchase this book.Reading it made me feel less alone in this world.
Date published: 2014-11-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Easy Read This is an easy read that is fun at times, dark at times, but throughout reminded me of instances in my life that highlighted how we all share the human experience. If you like ruminating on the way your life felt at different points and imagining how that has shaped you (and are a twenty something female who enjoyed Girls), this book will hold your hand while you go back in time. I really appreciated the glimpses into her new life where she seems to have hit her stride, implying that while life's struggles will always be present, it's possible to get in the pocket and breath easier.
Date published: 2014-10-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh. I really found this book exactly like her Girls storyline, which I actually really enjoy. But she's been so steadfast in saying that it doesn't reflect her as a person that I actually was surprised how many life lines tied to her show. I get it, you draw art from what you live but I was really hoping for something different, even if that's not fair. I like her in interviews but I wasn't really impressed with her story. Impressed with how hard she's worked but less impressed with her life story. Impressed that she kept such good records of her childhood, but that's a writer for you I suppose.
Date published: 2014-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! I absolutely love this book. Dunham reveals a lot about herself and I've gained a whole new level of respect for her. She is brave and I finished this book feeling as if I understand her a little better. Some of the stories cause a little bit of discomfort but that's sort of how life works. Not everything in life is going to be pleasant. It's thought provoking at times and extremely funny. She lets the reader into her mind and it's a beautiful thing. I liked Dunham before but that was nothing compared to how I feel about her now. She's simply amazing.
Date published: 2014-10-11

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Not That Kind Of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's Learned

by Lena Dunham

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8.53 × 5.79 × 1.14 in

Published: September 30, 2014

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385680678

ISBN - 13: 9780385680677

From the Publisher

From the acclaimed creator, producer, and star of HBO’s Girls comes a hilarious, wise, and fiercely candid collection of personal essays that establishes Lena Dunham as one of the most original young talents writing today.
 
            In Not That Kind of Girl, Dunham illuminates the experiences that are part of making one’s way in the world: falling in love, feeling alone, being ten pounds overweight despite eating only health food, having to prove yourself in a room full of men twice your age, finding true love, and, most of all, having the guts to believe that your story is one that deserves to be told.
            “Take My Virginity (No, Really, Take It)” is the account of Dunham’s first time, and how her expectations of sex didn’t quite live up to the actual event (“No floodgate had been opened, no vault of true womanhood unlocked”); “Girls & Jerks” explores her former attraction to less-than-nice guys—guys who had perfected the “dynamic of disrespect” she found so intriguing; “Is This Even Real?” is a meditation on her lifelong obsession with death and dying—what she called her “genetically predestined morbidity.” And in “I Didn’t Fuck Them, but They Yelled at Me,” she imagines the tell-all she will write when she is eighty and past caring, able to reflect honestly on the sexism and condescension she has encountered in Hollywood, where women are “treated like the paper thingies that protect glasses in hotel bathrooms—necessary but infinitely disposable.”
            Exuberant, moving, and keenly observed, Not That Kind of Girl is a series of dispatches from the frontlines of the struggle that is growing up. “I’m already predicting my future shame at thinking I had anything to offer you,” Dunham writes. “But if I can take what I’ve learned and make one menial job easier for you, or prevent you from having the kind of sex where you feel you must keep your sneakers on in case you want to run away during the act, then every misstep of mine will have been worthwhile.”

About the Author

Lena Dunham is the creator of the critically acclaimed HBO series Girls, for which she also serves as executive producer, writer, and director. She has been nominated for eight Emmy awards and has won two Golden Globes, including Best Actress, for her work on Girls. She was the first woman to win the Directors Guild of America award for directorial achievement in comedy. Dunham has also written and directed two feature-length films (including Tiny Furniture in 2011) and is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
 
Joana Avillez is an illustrator and the author of Life Dressing, a tale of two women who live to dress and dress to live. Her artwork has been featured in The New York Times, New York, and The Wall Street Journal. More of her illustrations can be seen at joanaavillez.com.

Editorial Reviews

A New York Times Bestseller #1 National Bestseller A Globe and Mail Best Book of 2014   “Precocious yet clumsy, outspoken and inappropriate at times, young and relatable. . . .  Dunham is divulging thoughts, feelings, and encounters shared by many young people today. . . . Not That Kind of Girl  feels like a collective experience in many ways.” — Georgia Straight     “In an era where twenty-something women are told how to think, where to work, who to date, and what to wear, it''s refreshing that a voice has broken the mold to empower women to do one thing--be yourself, flaws and all. In Not That Kind of Girl , Lena Dunham takes readers on a voyage of self-discovery as she successfully navigates the often-perilous facets of womanhood, from dating and friendships to self-love and careers. Through her series of essays, Dunham shares what she''s learned on her path to self-awareness with a refreshing candor and raw honesty that emboldens readers. Her painfully-relatable stories of graduating from one-night stands with toxic men and dead-end jobs with no purpose, to loving relationships and a fulfilling career will leave you laughing, cringing, and sighing ‘me too.’” — Huffington Post   “Hilarious, sweet, raw and surprising. . . . It’s Dunham’s knack for the absurd that consistently and delightfully transforms these raw portrayals from coming-of-age stories into history.” —
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