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Lena Dunham – Not That Kind of Girl (2014)

NotThatKindofGirlI respect Lena Dunham, I admire her work, but unfortunately I just don’t relate to her. In most memoirs that I read I can find some chapter, or passage, or even the most passing reference that I can relate to. This was not the case. Lena Dunham has led such a different life and has experience so many different and unfamiliar things that I just couldn’t relate to anything she wrote about.

That being said, Lena is a fantastic writer; her book is written with an eloquence and grace that I was not quite expecting. She writes about traumatic experiences from her childhood with humour that can only be possessed by someone with the benefit od hindsight While I could not personally relate to her experiences with OCD, sleep disorders, therapy, and loneliness, they were written in a way that inspires understanding.

While Dunham does not write explicitly about her TV show Girls, one of the more fascinating parts of her book was seeing where the inspiration for certain story arcs and characters come from. Lena Dunham’s parents are both artists so she grew up with the New York art scene that Marnie is so separately trying to break in to. She spends one chapter writing about the antics that her and her two best friends caused while working at an upscale children’s boutique, Peaches and Babke. Her scenes translate directly to the episode(s) in Girls, which feature Jessa working as a sales clerk in an upscale children’s boutique, avoiding work at all costs. There are many other allusions to the show throughout her book and it was interesting to see where Lena has drawn her inspiration.

While I didn’t find Lena Dunham relatable, she writes with her own voice, in a very elegant and inspired way. There were certain parts of the book that I didn’t like, but overall Not that Kind of Girl, left a good impression.

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Special Post – Christmas Roundup

I got some pretty great literary themed gifts for Christmas this year, and I wanted to share them all with you. Thank you to all my family and friends for knowing me well enough to know that you can never go wrong with buying me books.

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First up is a set of Reader’s Teas from Indigo. The box states “There is nothing more agreeable than the voice of a book and the quiet of a cup of tea,” and I happen to agree. I love White Teas and am especially excited to the the White Anjou Pear. Now just to find the right book to pair it with.

2014-12-28 20.32.36From the One of a Kind Craft Show come this literary inspired pillow. My apartment is lacking in book related decor, and I love the sentiment expressed on this pillow; “I open a book, it opens my heart.” The pillow is from Lois Ward of Goodlines Décor, based in London Ontario, who makes all her products out of pre-loved fabric and non-toxic ink. You can check out her site and where to buy her products on her webpage.

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Also from the One of a Kind Craft Show is this bookbinding kit from Sprout’s Press. I posted a while ago about how much I loved everything at the Sprout’s Press booth and was so excited to open this on Christmas day. I can’t wait to try my hand at binding my own journal and will be sure to share my experience on this blog.

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Obviously a number of books were on my Christmas wish list. Santa must read this blog because Lena Dunham and Amy Poehler are both hilarious women as well as strong female role models, and anyone who reads my blog knows what a winning combination those two things are. I cannot wait to start reading these so that I can fall in love with both women even more.

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Last but not least, everyone knows that I am constantly carrying multiple books around with me and always have a need for good book bags. The one on the left depicts Queen Street West and was crafted by No Place Utopia, which creates beautiful Toronto themed artwork and decor. The tote with the typewriter is also from the One of a Kind Craft Show and was crafted by Made in Brockton Village. Both of these will definitely come in handy when lugging around my collection.

Finally I also received a gift certificate to Indigo and am torn on which books to buy. Right now I am pretty much set on The Tastemakers by David Sax, and The Massey Murder by Charlotte Gray. Anything can happen when I step into a bookstore however, and I have a feeling I will be needing one of my new book bags to carry home all my purchases.

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and has a very happy New Year.