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Lena Dunhan is on a roll she has a hit tv show, Girls a hilarious opening at the Emmys and now a $3.5 million book deal. The deal went past $3.5 million as a bidding war between several publishers fought over the essay collection, “Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s Learned.” Dunham chose to go with Random House Publishing Group.
Susan Kamil, the editor-in-chief and publisher of Random House, confirmed the acquisition on Monday, saying in a statement, “We’re thrilled to welcome Lena to Random House. Her skill on the page as a writer is remarkable — fresh, wise, so assured. She is that rare literary talent that will only grow from strength to strength and we look forward to helping her build a long career as an author.”
According to the proposal, a copy of which was obtained by The Times, the book will cover topics like work, friendship, travel, sex, love and mortality. One chapter is described as “an account of some radically and hilariously inappropriate ways I have been treated at work/by professionals because of my age and gender.”
Another chapter, titled “Body,” reads: “Red lipstick with a sunburn: How to dress for a business meeting and other hard-earned fashion lessons from the size 10 who went to the Met Ball.”
The essay collection will be edited by Andy Ward, an executive editor at Random House.
Ms. Dunham said in a statement that she was “thrilled to be working with and learning from the brilliant minds at Random House, and to be among their incredible roster of authors. I look forward to digging deep with Andy and co. to produce the most thoughtful and personal book I can.”
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