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6 things you need to know about Lena Dunham’s book

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This week, Girls writer, director and actress released the cover of her highly anticipated debut book Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned" on Instagram. A host of bloggers immediately compared it to book covers from the 70s, particularly one of America's most lauded novelists, Philip Roth, known for his irreverent and comedic writing. However, that pink and black serif font gives very little away, so here's what you can expect from the upcoming release.

1. It's an advice book

At The New Yorker Festival in 2012, Dunham admitted she frequently reads advice books including He's Just Not That Into You and Be Honest – You're Not That Into Him Either. "I didn't take either of them seriously," she said, "But I was so fascinated by the person who felt like they had gotten to a place where they were literally a dating pro".

Fast forward two years and Dunham introduces her book on amazon.com with the following statement:

"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...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."

2. It will get personal

Much like Girls, Dunham's published work will be biographical revealing a few funny, filthy and frank stories.

"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," says Dunham in the book's official description. "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 front lines of that struggle."

3. Feminism will be at its heart

Earlier this year in an interview with the Observer, Dunham revealed the book will feature a "cultural commentary on the current state of womanhood," including a story about having to prove herself in a meeting full of 50-year-old men.

4. There will be some fashion advice

A chapter titled 'Body' allegedly covers fashion and its many discontents including how to dress for a business meeting, the problem with publicly sharing your body and anecdotes from Dunham's experience at the Met Ball.

5. It may be illustrated

According to The New York Times, a 66-page proposal for the book contained whimsical illustrations. The newly released book cover may have squashed any hope of this, but we're still holding onto the idea that the pages will look like Dunham's diary.

6. Pre-order it

It will fly off the digital shelves, so be sure to purchase it in advance.

Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned" will be released on 7 October 2014

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