LENA DUNHAM BOOK
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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Seriously, unless you are Anne Frank you have no business writing about what you've 'learned' sorry but I'd rather have the perspective of someone who has lived a few more decades. I'm a woman and I'm tired of hearing about the female struggle. Sorry, were you sold "There is nothing gutsier to me than a person announcing that their story is one that deserves to be told," Really, cause I think that there's nothing more narcissistic when you are under 30 and are best known for being naked, a lot.
Sorry, were you sold into human trafficking? Were you homeless, or orphaned, or abused? No, you came from money and wouldn't know suffering if it bitch slapped you in the face. Yes, everyone has down days and their own tough times, but guess what that's part of life, it doesn't make you special. You weaken the sex when you talk about us being victims. I'm not a victim, and neither were you. Get some perspective! View all 6 comments. I've watched Girls and I've heard good things about this book, so I decided to listen to the audio book version.
Throughout this, I didn't feel very connected to her, which is uncommon for me while reading a person's autobiography. I also didn't feel like I personally got anything out of this book, but it kept me entertained while driving for 5 hours. I'm not sure if I would recommend it, as I much prefer Amy Poehler's, Tina Fey's, and Mindy Kaling's autobiographies I'm also bigger fans of them I've watched Girls and I've heard good things about this book, so I decided to listen to the audio book version.
I'm not sure if I would recommend it, as I much prefer Amy Poehler's, Tina Fey's, and Mindy Kaling's autobiographies I'm also bigger fans of them than I am of Lena Dunham , but if you're thinking about reading it anyway, don't let me stop you!
Oct 29, Claire Keating rated it it was ok. Things I like better than this book: The critically acclaimed TV show Girls 2.
Interviews with Lena Dunham 3. The illegally-released proposal for this book 4. The cover of this book 5. The typeface. View all 5 comments. Nov 09, Jessica rated it did not like it. Go find the brattiest, most privileged, self-involved, neurotic girlfriend you have - you know, the one you keep around because every once and a while, she's entertaining and because her parents have a great mountain house or drug supply or whatever it is that tickles your fancy - and ask her to talk about her childhood.
After 15 minutes, you're bored and yet a little fascinated that someone with so many advantages and so many, many, many years of intensive therapy could suffer from such little Go find the brattiest, most privileged, self-involved, neurotic girlfriend you have - you know, the one you keep around because every once and a while, she's entertaining and because her parents have a great mountain house or drug supply or whatever it is that tickles your fancy - and ask her to talk about her childhood.
After 15 minutes, you're bored and yet a little fascinated that someone with so many advantages and so many, many, many years of intensive therapy could suffer from such little self-awareness. And that's basically Lena Dunham's new book. I should admit here that I've never seen an episode of Dunham's critically acclaimed show. I know very little about her, aside from the fact that she really could use a stylist.
I came to this book genuinely curious about this much heralded voice of the Millennials. And after spending part of my weekend reading it cover to cover, I just have this to say: No, the self-involved protagonist here doesn't deserve to have this moniker, because she's giving actual Millennials a bad name. From the perspective of both a writer and a reader, I can say with more than a little confidence that this was a disastrous project. How did it get made in the first place? Of course, as you read the book, you discover that her super elite upbringing at the center of the NY art scene and family connections with oodles of the rich and famous probably has more than a little bit to do with her success.
What great insights does she offer? Not many, as it turns out. She trots out bitter feelings left over from middle school, tells us time and again how precious she is because she befriends grownups rather than kids, goes on and on about her anxiety disorder and intensive therapy three mornings a week for years, beginning as a tween, anyone??
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Cute, right? I half expected her to tumble out of the end flaps and curtesy, all dolled up like Shirley fuckin' Temple. Ironically, of course. It's a shame she wasted her college education and cut class for her writing major, because maybe if she had gone to class, she would have learned that books need things like, you know, narrative arcs.
This one is a collection of barely interesting stories about her young life, a weird series of lists things my dad taught me, why I love New York City, what I'm afraid of, etc , and lots of angsty navel gazing. She devotes most of one chapter to reciting for us her food journal from The most interesting stories aren't hers - they're her families'. So little struggle has happened in Lena Dunham's life unless you count the time she and Mommy fought about her inappropriate fashion choices for a visit to the Vatican - don't worry, though, she won and scandalized all the stupid religious tourists that she has to borrow her sister's coming out story.
I tried to squint a little and entertain the notion that Dunham was just being all ironic and edgy, but then I'd stumble across earnest little gems like this: Bottom line: I know this because I'm a college professor, and I spend most of my working days engaging with students who actually are funny, wry, bright, curious, and enthusiastic about the world they're inheriting.
Dunham doesn't make the grade. This is a hella biased review because I'll be the first to admit that I think Lena Dunham is the actual genuine second coming of Christ so just discount everything I say because it's wrong. I really, really liked this. Dunham's humour and my humour are practically the same so this entire book was just a big treat for me.
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While there were some dud essays there always is , I thought that this is an overall great collection of sporadic ramblings. If you're not a fan of Dunham then you'll probably This is a hella biased review because I'll be the first to admit that I think Lena Dunham is the actual genuine second coming of Christ so just discount everything I say because it's wrong. If you're not a fan of Dunham then you'll probably hate this because it's extremely Dunhamesque.
The brutal honesty of Dunham in some essays is admirable, she really never holds back, I love it. Reading this has just got me even more excited for the fourth season of Girls. I'm going to stop now. I'm embarrassing myself. View all 4 comments. Aug 02, Felicia rated it really liked it Shelves: I mean, I'll preface this review with the fact that I think Lena Dunham is pretty awesome, and just like Mindy Kaling I followed her on Twitter for a spell, kind of dying inside for her to notice me and follow me back and make my life.
And then maybe we could go to the spa together one day if we became besties!
Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned"
It didn't happen. So I unfollowed her and Mindy. Just out of sadness. I've run into a lot of people who don't like Lena Dunham. If I mention "Girls" at a comic convention, it is quite I mean, I'll preface this review with the fact that I think Lena Dunham is pretty awesome, and just like Mindy Kaling I followed her on Twitter for a spell, kind of dying inside for her to notice me and follow me back and make my life.
If I mention "Girls" at a comic convention, it is quite clear there isn't a lot of crossover there. But if someone can make a show that is original and force people to think differently, and be brave enough to show her stomach fat to the world with literally no self-consciousness, with the attitude of, "Hey, this is me.
If you think there's a problem with the way I am, that's YOUR problem" you have a fan for life in my book. I can't say that the book changed my life, although I enjoyed it. There's something strangely east coast about her experiences and attitude that I have a hard time living vicariously, it's quite foreign for me, that upper class NYC thing from a pretty well-off person's POV that I like looking AT but can't get inside, you know? Maybe you don't know, that's okay. 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. 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. 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.
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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 buy 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.
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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. 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 it First off, I think the whole child molestation bit that is circulating on the internet is just crap.
I don't know how anyone can say that a seven-year-old child looking at her sisters who-ha out of curiosity is molestation.
I can't speak from exp I will be honest when I say that I had no idea who Lena Dunham was when I started reading her book of essays. I can't speak from experience since I don't have a sister, but it seems weird that people would entertain that thought. Personally, I would have rather she left that part out but child molester she is not I felt that there was a lot that I could relate to even though I am a generation ahead of her.
I am impressed by her tenacity and accomplishments at such a young age. As far as the book goes, I think that the essay of her food journaling was quite boring but I felt that the others made up for it.
I particularly appreciated her brutal honesty when it comes to her weight, family, and men. She didn't pretend to be something that she is not and in most cases she was harder on herself than most online trolls.
I like Lena Dunham It takes a lot of guts to do what she has done and is doing, not only the hard work and standing up to people who want her to fail, but to push forward even if that means striping down to her birthday suit in front of a room full of people for some of her scenes.
Sep 18, Sasha rated it it was ok. Seems like this should have been titled Exactly That Kind of Girl. It reads like the celebrity profile of a young woman who grew up in a privileged position, rich and cared for so much that her parents could afford to send her to a therapist when she was a kid.
The author seems preoccupied with herself, without much regard for the outside world. She's under the impression that she is surrounded by people who are untroubled, oblivious to their mortality or their public image.
If you watch Girls and enjoy how self-absorbed and entitled the Hannah Horvath character is, inflating her own issues and degrading others', go ahead and read these essays. If you like reading celebrity profiles in magazines, then this one goes into too much detail for you.
If you're a female or male who's been through college, pick something else to read because nothing new about your young years can be learned from Not That Kind of Girl. View 1 comment. Oct 02, Frieda Vizel rated it it was ok. I love Lena Dunham's work on Girls, I admire her ability to push the envelope and I envy her ability to celebrate femininity and articulate such complex ideas.
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Not that she shouldn't be confident, but a surprising number of people feel this "I am amazing and everything about me is admirable and special" way about themselves - just look at your instagram feed and note the quantity of selfies. Are we supposed to be taken aback at her honesty about human behavior and stupid, sometimes impulsive, ugly behavior like this? As a queer person: This is so simple.
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