It was the book deal with a proposal Gawker leaked and removed at the request of counsel over a year ago – Lena Dunham, the 26 year-old creator, writer, and director of HBO’s Girls, signed a $3.7 million deal with Random House for her memoirs.
The book, Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned” has an official release date (Oct. 7) and a cover mock-up, which Dunham happily shared with her Instagram followers.
The book’s designer, AFAR creative director Elizabeth Olson, posted a pic to her Instagram account of some books that inspired her design – notably missing is Valley of the Dolls, which seems the most direct influence.
Jezebel wrote about the design:
“The cover for Not That Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned” looks a lot like something you’d have seen in the 1960s or 70s, or maybe even a bit later; it’s certainly a little less complicatedly retro than original proposal cover art we saw. The focus on font and style harkens back to a Phillip Roth-style cover, while the colors bear a similarity to an early version of Gloria Steinem’s Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions or Nora Ephron’s first cover for Wallflower at the Orgy. Which is to say, it’s a nice throwback.”
Back in 2012, Gawker published Dunham’s 66-page proposal. It has since been removed, but here’s what they said about it then (they sounded slightly terrified):
“Dunham, described by Random House as “a rare literary talent,” proposed to structure the book as an advice tome in the tradition of Helen Gurley Brown’s Having It All. To judge by the proposal—which has been described elsewhere but is published here for the first time—it’s more of an invitation to get lost in the mind of a girl who is lost in her own mind. It’s basically literary lifecasting: Fully 13% of the proposal’s pages are devoted to reproducing a diary Dunham kept of what she ate in 2010. And she intends to devote an as-yet-unwritten chapter to “a collection of emails that screw the pooch, jump the gun, and terrify men.”