Not That Kind of Girl by Carlene Bauer
A Memoir

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“[A] stunning new memoir… thick with contemplation, packed with ideas and images rendered in exacting, evocative prose…. Brave and startlingly beautiful.” —Time Out New York

“Truthful, intelligent, and engrossing. This may become a generation's definitive account of books and the city.” —Jeff Sharlet, New York Times bestselling author of The Family

A loving and literate, honest and insightful look into the heart of that unsung heroine: the good girl. Fans of the strong narrative voices of such writers as Donna Tartt (The Secret History, The Little Friend), Nell Freudenberger (Lucky Girls, The Dissident), and Amy Bloom (Come to Me, A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You), as well as books such as The Nanny Diaries, Prep, and The Devil Wears Prada, will love Not That Kind of Girl: Carlene Bauer’s hilarious and touching memoir of God, books, and rock and roll.


About Carlene Bauer

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CARLENE BAUER is the author of the memoir Not That Kind of Girl, described as "soulful" by Walter Kirn in Elle and "approaching the greatness of Cantwell" in the New York Post. She has written for the likes of n +1, Slate, Salon, and the New York Times.
Published July 16, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 290 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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After sampling different denominations and ways of living, she finally gave up on the church and, later, God.

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\x93It was on the bus to Christian school that I first heard Echo and the Bunnymen,\x94 Bauer says, looking back at her New Jersey childhood, and the tension between the sacred and the secular permeates every page of this heartfelt memoir.

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Just like the author Carlene Bauer, “I was sure that when people talked about using our gifts to glorify [God], it meant that God was going to put me to work writing devotional guides for teenage girls.” And just like Bauer, I wasn’t sure that this was the life I wanted.

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But Carlene Bauer — the author of Not that Kind of Girl — wrestled with her faith most of her life.

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In Bauer's case, the stakes are especially high, though, because as she careens through the bright, provocative downtown streets assembling a personal sensibility in movie theaters, ­record stores, and bookshops, she risks the loss of her eternal soul.

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As she carved out a living working in publishing and writing for Salon, Elle, the New York Observer, and the New York Times Magazine, she struggled to hold together the disparate lives of a New York intellectual and a struggling believer.

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