Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned" - Lena Dunham

Not That Kind of Girl (Random House, $28), by Lena Dunham, perhaps best known for her HBO show, Girls, is a collection of “coming-of-age” essays from a millennial’s point of view. Roughly stylized after Helen Gurley Brown’s Having It All, instead of telling you what to do, Dunham gives you biographical anecdotes showing what not to do. And we are all the better for it. A veritable Judy Blume meets Woody Allen, Dunham has come up with prose that’s witty and personal, sharp and informative. She veers from funny stories detailing her relationships with her family to suddenly serious accounts of death and sexual assault…all wearing a fine veil of humor and self-deprecation. It is only later, when you stop laughing, that you understand the depth and substantiality of Dunham’s words, which often read like advice from a big sister as Dunham deftly reveals the kind of diets and men to avoid, what you shouldn’t say to your best friend, and what a healthy relationship with your therapist should look like. Fans of Caitlin Moran, Tavi Gevinson, and Tina Fey will especially appreciate this volume—I only wish it had been around when I was sixteen.

Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's
By Lena Dunham, Joana Avillez (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780812994995
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Published: Random House - September 30th, 2014

Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's
By Lena Dunham, Joana Avillez (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780812985177
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - October 20th, 2015

Treat Yourself: 70 Classic Snacks You Loved as a Kid (and Still Love Today) - Jennifer Steinhauer

Any fan of the show Parks & Recreation would have a hard time walking by anything that said “Treat Yourself” and NOT pick it up. I'm so glad I did just that. Treat Yourself is a compendium of recipes of all of your favorite convenience store treats as a kid- from Moonpies to Twinkies to Nutty Buddies and beyond. The Lemon Coolers I tried came off without a hitch and immediately conjured childhood memories of my grandmother. The Hostess cupcakes were a challenge, but such a delicious one! It is one of the best chocolate cake recipes I've come across and the yummy marshmallow mixture for the innards was simply nirvana. Any baker would truly enjoy the novelty of this unique book!

The Vacationers - Emma Straub

First off, it should be said that Emma Straub is the cool girl of the literary world; like that one girl in high school, her novels don’t try too hard... they are just smooth. The Vacationers is the perfect example of this. Simply put, the novel is about the Post family’s two week vacation to Mallorca with their friends – but a family vacation is never really simple. Especially one in which the parents’ marriage is disintegrating, the son needs money, and the daughter is determined to lose her virginity before college (which is just a few months away). Betrayals will be revealed, life-altering decisions made, and in the end, you will wish that you could continue on the journeys with the Post family and friends. It is one of those rare reads that is both snappy smart and juicy.

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ISBN: 9781594631573
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 29th, 2014

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ISBN: 9781594633881
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 2nd, 2015