A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned"
On Sale: September 30, 2014
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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 calls
her “genetically predestined morbidity.”
And in “I Didn’t F*** 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.”
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