Lena Dunham is truly an open book!
The Girls star and author just debuted an excerpt of her first memoir, Not That Kind Of Girl, in the September issue of The New Yorker.
In typical Dunham fashion, the excerpt is very revealing and holds absolutely nothing back. The well-written selection chronicles her childhood struggles with obsessive compulsive disorder among other personal demons, which Lena has made reference to in the past.
In part of the excerpt, Lena writes:
"An assistant teacher comes to school with a cold sore. I am convinced he’s infected with MRSA, a skin-eating staph infection. I wait for my own flesh to erode. I stop touching my shoelaces (too filthy) or hugging adults outside my family. In school, we are learning about Hiroshima, so I read “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes,” and I know instantly that I have leukemia. A symptom of leukemia is dizziness, and I have that, when I sit up too fast or spin around in circles. So I quietly prepare to die in the next year or so, depending on how fast the disease progresses."
Despite the seriousness of her issues, Lena tackles the sensitive subject matter with a lot of candor and humility.
Lena says of the memoir:
“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.”
Oh, Lena. We admire your ability to make us laugh and feel better about ourselves at the same time.
Her book is slated for a September 30th release.
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