What’s better than drinking in all of that coming of age wisdom? Listening to Lena talk you through it herself. Not That Kind Of Girl takes confessional writing to a whole new level, and her candour is delightfully translated in the cadences of that very famous voice. Steal a listen at an excerpt from the audiobook – her narration will colour the greyest of commutes.
‘If I could take what I’ve learned and make one menial job easier for you, or prevent you from having the kind of sex where you feel you must keep your sneakers on in case you want to run away during the act, then every misstep of mine was worthwhile. I’m already predicting my future shame at thinking I had anything to offer you, but also my future glory in having stopped you from trying an expensive juice cleanse or thinking that it was your fault when the person you are dating suddenly backs away, intimidated by the clarity of your personal mission here on earth. No, I am not a sexpert, a psychologist, or a dietician. I am not a mother of three or the owner of a successful hosiery franchise. But I am a girl with a keen interest in having it all, and what follows are hopeful dispatches from the frontlines of that struggle.’
If that didn’t sate your appetite, linger a little longer and listen to Lena in conversation with Terry Gross for Fresh Air, on Nora Ephron, Gloria Steinem and Feminism.
Not That Kind Of Girl is out in all formats now.
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