In her first book, Not That Kind of Girl, Lena Dunham shares the stories of her life that shaped who she is – as a woman and an artist. There is nothing gutsier to me than a person announcing that their story deserves to be told,” writes Lena Dunham. And it certainly takes guts to share the stories that make up her first book: stories about crippling anxiety and body issues, marriage and family, friendship and dieting (kind of), and having two existential crises before the age of 20. They’re revealing – sometimes uncomfortable – anecdotes that get to the heart of what it means to be young, female, and alive in today’s world.”
There is nothing gutsier to me than a person announcing that their story deserves to be told, as Lena Dunham does in her first book, Not That Kind of Girl. It takes courage to reveal personal details like her struggles with body image and sexuality, even though she’s always told people everything. In this vulnerable collection of essays and personal portraits, she confesses everything from her relationship with her father growing up to an awkward shopping trip gone wrong — and shares the stories that have shaped her into the woman she is today.
“Nobody tells you that you’ll look back on your life and remember the people who brought out the best in you and made you feel less alone. This book is for them: my sister, the first person who ever told me she loved me; Missy Elliott, who taught my teenage self how to make eye contact with someone else’s butt; and a girl who used to make out with her cat. The people we love, the times we have: That’s why we write; I wrote this.”–Lena Dunham.
About Not That Kind of Girl Book
“There is nothing gutsier to me than a person announcing that their story deserves to be told,” writes Lena Dunham, and it certainly takes guts to share the stories that make up her first book, Not That Kind of Girl. These are stories about getting your butt touched by your boss, friendship and dieting (kind of), and having two existential crises before age 20. Stories about travel, both successful and less so, and about having the kind of sex where you feel like keeping your sneakers on in case you have to run away during the act.
Stories about proving yourself to a room of 50-year-old men in Hollywood and showing up to “an outlandishly high-fashion event with the crustiest red nose you ever saw.” Fearless, intelligent, and as heartbreakingly honest as ever, Not That Kind of Girl establishes Lena Dunham as more than a hugely talented director, actress, and producer-it announces her as a fresh and vibrant new literary voice.