Lena Dunham's book cover looks familiar...

Lena Dunham looked to the past when it came to the cover inspiration for new book. Credit: Provided Lena Dunham looked to the past when it came to the cover inspiration for new book.
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"Girls" fans (and haters) and the blogosphere in general have been anticipating Lena Dunham's book of personal essays since January. Now, the release date is finally upon us (September 30) and the wait is nearly over. While there's plenty of juicy content inside, the cover also has people talking.

 

 

The inspiration for Dunham's book was based on former Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Helen Gurley Brown's book, "Having It All." Dunham references Brown's field-guide in her own book; she came across it in a thrift store and was mesmerized by both its helpful advice ("always leave for the airport 15 minutes before you could") and not-so helpful ("the more sex you have, the more you can tolerate"). Still, Dunham connected with Brown's idea that sexy, powerful women are made not born.

 

Helen Gurly Brown's book  inspired Lena Dunham's book cover for "Not That Kind Of Girl." Credit: Provided Helen Gurly Brown's book inspired Lena Dunham's book cover for "Not That Kind Of Girl."

Another book cover Dunham's looks quite familiar to is Caitlin Moran's book, "How To Build A Girl," which was released last week (September 23). This fiction coming-of-age novel is being compared to "The Bell Jar," but set in the '90s.

Caitlin Moran also goes retro with her book cover for "How To Build A Girl." Caitlin Moran also goes retro with her book cover for "How To Build A Girl."

It seems like these modern women are taking a page from the past.

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