Arts and Culture


Lena Dunham, star of the HBO show “Girls,” writes a
candid, personal account of her life – everything from her most intimate moments to her most painful in “Not That Kind of Girl.” Made up essays, letters, and personal notes, “Not That Kind of Girl” is separated into five sections: Love & Sex, Body, Friendship, Work, and Big Picture, which do not remain separate for long.  Obviously from the titles, this book would not be appropriate for younger readers, since Dunham over the course of the book details some of her most crude personal and sexual encounters.  While at times I found the book difficult to read and exhausting, I admire Dunham for her courage in demanding that her story, despite the many cringe-worthy scenes, deserved to
be told.   

In “All the Light We Cannot See,” Anthony Doerr tells the stories of a blind French girl and a gifted but orphaned German boy, whose paths are elegantly intertwined.  The novel opens days before D-Day but flashes back to before the war began in order to show how the characters dealt with such devastation.  Doerr, however, portrays such a tale with a lyrical and fairytale-like essence, giving the novel a certain warmth in the midst of all the tragedy.  Furthermore, his extensive use of metaphors and his rich descriptions allow the reader to see the good in people, no matter the circumstance.  After many late nights reading this book, I urge everyone to immediately pick up a copy and prepare to be taken away by Doerr’s language and depth of characters.      

taken away by Doerr’s language and depth of characters.