Lena Dunham is not that kind of girl--she's a new kind of woman
With an introduction at BookExpo America 2014 from Scottish-born American award-winning actor and author Alan Cumming, indie film writer/director, creator, writer, and 28-year old star of the Emmy-nominated, Golden Globe Award-winning HBO series Girls, Lena Dunham launched her recently published memoir, Not That Kind of Girl (Random House; September, 2014), already a #1 New York Times bestseller, touching on women's issues from media images to misogyny. Dunham wrapped her BEA appearance with a reading of the introduction to the book based on the iconic Cosmopolitan magazine editor-in-chief of 32 years, Helen Gurley Brown and her classic memoir, Having It All, which Dunham claimed as the inspiration for her own transformation from a self-described 'unloved, unsexy, unappreciated' girl to a phenomenally successful, self-confident woman.
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Scott Anderson and Ari Shavit compare the hundred year old vision and current reality of the Mideast: American novelist, journalist, and a veteran war correspondent, Scott Anderson,and Israeli reporter and columnist for Haaretz, Ari Shavit take a look at the modern Mideast through a historic lense, from on the early visionaries (1897-1917) to the current struggles.
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Paul A. Mayewski, The Ice Chronicles: The Quest to Understand Global Climate Change.
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