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I know what you’re thinking: really? Another memoir-slash-observational-essay-collection by a first-generation Indian-American comedy writer-slash-sitcom star who shot to fame with a cross-dressing impersonation of Ben Affleck? My bookshelf’s full of those already!
Stay with me. Because, no matter how many quirky memoir-slash-observational-essay collections by funny ladies you’ve got on your shelves, you’re going to want this one there, too.
Mindy Kaling is an American original. Born round, to delighted parents (“Part of me wonders if it even made them feel a little prosperous, like Have you seen our overweight Indian child? Do you know how statistically rare this is?”), she grew up in New England, enjoyed hanging out with her family, excelled in Latin, made her way to Dartmouth and thence, as is decreed by law and custom, to Brooklyn, where her smart-ass jokes about subway rape netted her and her colleagues a private Town Car to ferry them to their slave-wage job as production assistants on a psychic-TV show on cable.
You’ll get the story of Kaling’s rise to a job as a staff writer and eventual performer on “The Office,” along with behind-the-scenes dish, several damning photos of Rainn Wilson, and candid shots of her on her way to various awards parties where she’d heard that Drake might play.
But, you say, we want more than that!
Dear reader, there is more.
In addition to the how-to-make-it-in-Hollywood saga (it involves breaking your best friend’s nose, onstage, in front of an influential critic, and working eighteen-hour days without complaint), you will also get delightful observations on body image angst (“Being called fat is not like being called stupid or unfunny, which is the worst thing you could ever say to me,”), the duties of a best friend (“I Must Be 100 Percent Honest About How You Look, But Gentle), a smart dissection of the women you will meet in rom-coms, and why men have it easier than women, in life and in grooming (Kiehls + Bumble and Bumble = Hot Guy).
It’s an autobiography crossed with witty observations with a twist of a shopping guide, and a pinch of Oprah-esque Your Best Life Now inspiration, told in Kaling’s singularly endearing voice. By the end of this book, you will want Mindy Kaling to be your best friend, and you will want her parents to adopt you. Since neither of these events is likely, or even possible, buy her book instead.
I laughed out loud at parts and sometimes I wondered if I was being held captive by a talkative hyperactive child who had been locked in a closet for a while and needed to get it... Read morePublished 49 minutes ago by Laura Rawls
I love this book and Mindy! I recommend this book if you want to smile and laugh out loud.Published 4 hours ago by Jacqueline
There is no plot line, no sense of structure and really no point except pure entertainment. She is hilarious on every level. She rambles to great extent and to my shear amusement.Published 12 hours ago by Denise Reaves
Hilarious! I'm a huge fan of The Mindy Project and found the book just as funny. It makes a great gift for a fellow fan and great read to get through the holiday craziness this... Read morePublished 21 hours ago by Anna C
Book was entertaining at the beginning. But after a while there was just too many chapter jokes and not enough story. It got boring.Published 1 day ago by Ashley Rouintree
Awesome read. I was very sad when I finished this book. Mindy write another book already will ya?!Published 1 day ago by W. Huncher
I love Mindy, she makes me laugh so hard that I cry. This book makes me want to be her friend, well I wanted to be her friend before I read this but now I want to even more. Read morePublished 1 day ago by summer woodcock