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Already, more words of review have been spilled than comprise the entirety of Ms. Dunham’s 262-page debut book and I am not Michiko Kakutani, who, by the way, has given the book her invaluable stamp of approval, but if you haven’t already purchased Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind Of Girl, it’s finally here!
The book is poignant, and intimate, it feels like a conversation with a girl with whom we are all already in love. Dunham’s longtime friend Joana Avilez’s illustrations add an extra dose of tenderness. While Lena’s talent speaks for itself, the diversity and variety of her fanbase speaks equal volumes. The New Yorker’s David Remnick feels an almost fatherly affection for Dunham and Nora Ephron was one of her first writing mentors. A few years into her fame, Lena still writes like the girl we all feel like we are, talking more about her college sexcapades than her rapid ascent to icon status. Not That Kind Of Girl will now move on to Not That Kind Of Tour, an incredible line-up of the hilarious and accomplished women Lena counts amongst her posse. As she travels from Brooklyn to California and back again, with everyone and thing from Amy Schumer to Zadie Smith to Planned Parenthood along for the ride, and her relentless enthusiasm for each fan, her insistence on being earnest will undoubtedly leave many clamoring to also call themselves, “Not That Kind of Girl.”