‘Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned” ’ by Lena Dunham

September 30, 2014 4:07 AM

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‘Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned” ’ by Lena Dunham

In a time when celebrity writers proliferate as lushly as mushrooms in a cave,that Lena Dunham has just produced her first book, “Not That Kind of Girl,’’ is nothing special. Dunham herself, however, is another story. She made the successful independent feature film “Tiny Furniture” before she was 25 and created the semi-autobiographical HBO comedy, “Girls,” in which she also plays the lead character, Hannah Horvath, at 26.

Hannah’s monumental self-absorption, irreverent humor, and frequent, deliberately unglamorous nude scenes have made “Girls” a hit as well as a magnet for misogynist codswallop, while its mocking appraisal of what life is like for Brooklyn, N.Y.-based, upper middle-class graduates of liberal-arts col...

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