Advance Praise for NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL

“Dunham’s writing is just as smart, honest, sophisticated, dangerous, and charming as her work on Girls. Its essential quality is a kind of joyful super-awareness: of herself, the world, the human. Reading her makes you glad to be in the world, and glad that she’s in it with you.”


“It’s not Lena Dunham’s candor that makes me gasp. Rather, it’s her writing—which is full of surprises where you least expect them. This is a fine, subversive book.”


“Always funny, sometimes wrenching, these essays are a testament to the creative wonder that is Lena Dunham.”


“Very few women have become famous for being who they actually are, nuanced and imperfect. When honesty happens, it’s usually couched in self-ridicule or self-help. Dunham doesn’t apologize like that — she simply tells her story as if it might be interesting. The result is shocking and radical because it is utterly familiar. Not That Kind of Girl is hilarious, artful, and staggeringly intimate; I read it shivering with recognition.”


For readers of Nora Ephron, Tina Fey, and David Sedaris, this hilarious, poignant, and extremely frank collection of personal essays confirms Lena Dunham — the acclaimed creator, producer, and star of HBO’s Girls — as one of the brightest and most original writers working today.

“If I can take what I’ve learned in this life and make one treacherous relationship or degrading job easier for you, perhaps even prevent you from becoming temporarily vegan, then every misstep of mine will have been worthwhile. This book contains stories about wonderful nights with terrible boys and terrible days with wonderful friends, about ambition and the two existential crises I had before the age of twenty. About fashion and its many discontents. About publicly sharing your body, having to prove yourself in a meeting full of 50 year old men, and the health fears (tinnitus, lamp dust, infertility) that keep me up at night. I’m already predicting my future shame at thinking I had anything to offer you with this book, but also my future glory in having stopped you from trying an expensive juice cleanse or having the kind of sexual encounter where you keep your sneakers on. No, I am not a sexpert, a psychologist or a registered dietician. I am not a married mother of three or the owner of a successful hosiery franchise. But I am a girl with a keen interest in self-actualization, sending hopeful dispatches from the frontlines of that struggle.”

About the Ather


Lena will be traveling across our great nation for book events this fall. Don’t miss out on your signed copy of NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL, Lena reading from her book and answering audience questions, and oodles of special guests. Plus, you’ll learn more about organizations close to Lena’s heart, including a special partnership with Planned Parenthood.

Ticketed events include 1 signed copy of NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL. Due to the size of the events, Lena is unable to do a meet-and-greet line at each event.

Bookmark this page and come back for the latest information on the tour.  We are so excited!

Not That Kind of Tour is now available in the Random House Events App! Download the App for free through your phone’s App Store to connect with readers, get the latest updates from the road, and go behind the scenes with NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL.

  • September 30
    New York, NY

    Barnes & Noble Union Square
    Reading & Book Signing
    Featuring Amy Schumer

    Seating and standing room capacity is limited by law. For important info on priority seating, click here.

  • October 2
    Boston, MA

    Brookline Booksmith
    In conversation with Mary Karr

    More info
    Opening Act: Chordially Yours
  • October 6
    Chicago, IL

    Chicago Humanities Festival at Thorne Auditorium with book sales by Unabridged Books
    In conversation with Jenni Konner

    More info
    Opening Act: Patrick Boyd
  • October 7
    Iowa City, IA

    Prairie Lights Bookstore at
    the Englert Theater
    In conversation with
    Curtis Sittenfeld
    Featuring Jenny Zhang

    More info
  • October 12
    Austin, TX

    Book People at Central Presbyterian Church

    More info
    Opening Act: Caroline Bassett
  • October 14
    Los Angeles, CA

    Barnes & Noble at The Grove
    Book signing

    More info
  • October 15
    Pasadena, CA

    Vroman's at Pasadena
    Presbyterian Church
    In Conversation with
    Miranda July
    Featuring Morgan Murphy

    More info
    Opening Act: Marissa Lauren
  • October 16
    San Francisco, CA

    City Arts & Lectures
    co-hosted with Books, Inc.
    In conversation with Vendela Vida

    More info
    Opening Act: Socorra
  • October 18
    Seattle, WA

    University Bookstore at
    University Temple United Methodist Church
    Featuring Ashley Ford

    More info
    Opening Act: Mindie Lind
  • October 19
    Portland, OR

    Powell's Books at the
    Newmark Theatre
    In conversation with Carrie Brownstein

    More info
    Opening Act: JoAnn Schinderle
  • October 21
    Brooklyn, NY

    Unbound: A Literary Series with
    BAM and Greenlight Bookstore
    In conversation with Zadie Smith
    Featuring Bleachers and
    Jemima Kirke

    More info
  • October 23
    Toronto, ON Canada

    Appel Salon at the Toronto Public Library

    More info

Ask Lena

No, I am not a sexpert, a psychologist, or a dietician. But I am a girl with a keen interest in having it all, and what follows are hopeful dispatches from the frontlines of that struggle.

Not that kind of girl

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We asked you to submit a video demonstrating your talent for the chance to be an opening act at one of Lena’s book tour events. We got a lot of great submissions, and we had to make some tough decisions, but we’re proud to present the list of chosen local opening acts on Lena’s tour!

NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL Call For Local Talent


Sponsored by Random House, a division of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company (“Sponsor”)


ENTRY PERIOD: Submissions must be received between July 15, 2014 – August 1, 2014.


  1. You must register your name, city you reside, your email, your phone number, and link to your talent video in the form provided at . No entrants under the age of eighteen (18).

In the event of a dispute, submissions will be deemed made by the authorized account holder of the email address used by Entrant to send the submission to the designated for submissions. Automated submissions are prohibited, and any use of automated devices will result in disqualification. Sponsor is not responsible for: incorrect or inaccurate entry of information by participants; lost or late submissions or transmissions; interrupted or unavailable network, server, or other connections; scrambled transmissions or other errors or problems of any kind whether mechanical, human, or electronic, technical malfunctions of any computer hardware, software, or any combinations thereof; or problems associated with any virus or any other damage caused to participants’ systems. Incomplete submissions or dead or interrupted links will be voided. All submissions become the property of Sponsor and will not be returned.

E-MAIL AND PHONE COMMUNICATIONS: By entering this contest and providing your email address and phone number as set forth above, you agree to receive email and phone call correspondence from Sponsor and Sponsor’s parent company and/or member companies and corporate affiliates. You may opt out of such contact at any time after entry by clicking the “unsubscribe” button that will appear in the confirmation you receive following registration; however, you may not opt out of email communications that are intended for transactional purposes related to this “Call For Local Talent.” All solicitations, and all use of consumer data, are governed by Penguin Random House LLC privacy policy, available at:

ELIGIBILITY: “NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL Call For Local Talent” is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older at time of entry. All federal, state, and local regulations apply. Void where prohibited.

You must reside in or near (75 mile radius) of the event city in which you are submitting to be an opening act.

Your talent must be able to be performed in 3 to 5 minutes and require only one microphone and a stage. The talent video entry must depict Entrant in an original performance that Entrant is able to and has all the rights to perform publicly.

Employees of Lena Dunham, her agents and representatives and of Penguin Random House LLC, including its member companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, suppliers, and agencies, and their immediate family members and persons living in their household are not eligible to participate.

OPENING ACTS: One submission from each eligible market will be chosen on August 4, 2014. Submissions will be chosen by selected Sponsor judges.

No transfer or cash or other substitution for act selection is permitted, except by Sponsor, which reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to forgo an opening act in any or all markets. Any and all costs associated with selected opening act will be the responsibility of the chosen talent.

Chosen talent may be required to complete, execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Release within five (5) days of the date of notification. Noncompliance with these conditions by the deadline may result in disqualification, and Sponsor reserves the right to select alternate talent in such circumstance.

CHOSEN TALENT: Talent will be chosen by selected Sponsor judges on or after August 4, 2014 from all eligible entries received by the entry deadline. Winners will be notified via submitted phone number and/or email address. If any winner cannot be contacted within two (2) days after first attempted contact, Sponsor may, at its discretion, select an alternate from other eligible entries received before the deadline.

REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES: Entrants represent, warrant, covenant and agree that: (i) they have full right and authority to enter this Contest; (ii) no rights of any kind or nature are being retained or reserved by entrant or any third party in connection with the submission; and (iii) Entrants’ submissions materials, or the fact of their submission, do not violate the rights of any third party.

OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS: By entering this “Call For Local Talent,” each entrant agrees to be bound by these Official Rules and by the Penguin Random House LLC Privacy Policy, available here: In addition, each winner agrees that Sponsor, its parent company, assigns, subsidiaries and affiliates, and advertising, promotion and fulfillment agencies and its and their respective employees, officers and directors and Lena Dunham and her agents, representatives and employees will have no liability whatsoever in connection with, and will be held harmless by the winner for, any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind to person or property resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from participation in this “Call For Local Talent” and/or the acceptance, possession, misuse, or use of selection. Each chosen talent specifically consents to the use of his or her name for publicity and promotional purposes on behalf of Sponsor with no additional compensation or further permission (except where prohibited by law).

Entrants agree to indemnify and hold Sponsor, its parent company, assigns, subsidiaries and affiliates, and advertising, promotion and fulfillment agencies and its and their respective employees, officers and directors, Lena Dunham and her agents, representative and employees and all judges of this contest harmless from and against any and all claims, expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees, costs and settlement costs), damages, suits, costs, demands and/or judgments whatsoever, due to or arising out of: (a) Entrant’s submission of an entry or use of the website found at; (b) Entrant’s breach of these terms and/or Entrant’s violation of any rights of another individual or entity. The Provisions of this section are for the benefit of the Sponsor its parent company, assigns, subsidiaries and affiliates, and advertising, promotion and fulfillment agencies and its and their respective employees, officers and directors, Lena Dunham, her representatives, agents and employees and the judges of this contest. Each of these individuals and entities shall have the right to assert and enforce these provisions directly against Entrant on its behalf.

Entrants understand and agree that both Sponsor and Lena Dunham have wide access to ideas, stories and other literary, artistic and creative materials submitted to either of them from outside sources or developed by their own employees and agents (together “Sponsor Creative”); and such Sponsor Creative may be competitive with, similar to (or even identical to) the submission materials Entrant submits in this contest; and neither Sponsor, nor Dunham shall have any liability to Entrant or any third party in respect to or in connection with the development, use, sale and/or commercial exploitation of all or any portion of Sponsor Creative by Dunham or by Sponsor and/or its designees and licensees, all of which liability, if any, applicant hereby expressly and irrevocably waives, releases and discharges.

GOVERNING LAW: All disputes and questions regarding the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of any participant or the Sponsor, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than New York. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. If any such provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable, these Official Rules shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or unenforceable provision was not contained therein.

NAME OF WINNERS: Chosen Talent will be announced on the website August 12, 2014. For a list of chosen talent, available after August 12, 2014, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope by July 1, 2015 to Random House, Attn: RHPG Marketing, 1745 Broadway Drop 11-1, New York, NY 10019.

Sponsor reserves the right to use the winners’ full names for promotional purposes in all forms of media without notice, review, approval, or compensation, except where prohibited by law.

SPONSOR: Random House, a division of Random House LLC, 1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019.






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Submissions accepted through August 11, 2014 at 11:59 pm.

I am over 18 years old