Lena Dunham traveled all over the United States to promote her first book of essays “Not That Kind of Girl.” The director/actress/writer kicked off the tour in Barnes and Noble in New York on Sept. 30, 2014. She made stops in Chicago, Iowa, Austin, Portland, Los Angeles and Pasadena before wrapping up in Brooklyn. Tickets cost $34 to $38, and the Pasadena leg of the tour sold out.
Notable guests included the poet Mary Karr and novelist Zadie Smith, who interviewed Dunham during the last tour date in Greenlight Bookstore. Smith praised Dunham for "writing like a woman.”
Random House reportedly offered Dunham a cash advance of $3.7 million for the book deal in 2013. She revealed the book cover in February of this year on Instagram and announced the release date in the caption. The cover jacket also contains a generous amount of blurbs from the likes of Michiko Kakutani and David Sedaris.
Dunham is best known for her work on HBO series “Girls,” which has been on air for four seasons. She is billed as the show's creator, as well as its lead actress. She also directed the indie film “Tiny Furniture.”
“Not That Kind of Girl” has received mixed reviews from critics. Though critics agree on Dunham's writing prowess, they are divided when it comes to her approach to the book's subject matter.
“Getting lost in her recollections is easy; her smart, humane voice is often a joy… But then again, we already know a great deal… about Dunham’s attitudes toward sex, relationships, food, and her body. The many just-so anecdotes start to feel like deflection, as if she has provided elaborate answers to questions we didn’t ask, while delicately skirting the ones we did,” wrote Katy Waldman of Slate.
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