Last week, acclaimed writer/director/actor Lena Dunham released her eagerly awaited first book, Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned”. Because Dunham is young (she’s only 28), has received a noteworthy seven-figure advance, and is so accomplished (writing, directing, and starring in an award-winning indie film, Tiny Furniture, and the lauded HBO show Girls at an age when most of us were working crappy first jobs), there has been a lot of ink spilled upon its publication.
At its heart, Not That Kind of Girl is a funny, feminist essay collection just as nakedly candid, self-critical, witty, and relatable as Dunham’s filmed work yet told in a friendly, conspiratorial tone that makes readers feel like her close friends. But the best compliment I can give the book is that once you’ve blown through its 265 pages, you’ll want to read another one just like it. Though Dunham is a true original, we’ve dug up 10 other engrossing, inspirational, and entertaining books by fellow feminists that would be at home alongside Not That Kind of Girl on any shelf.