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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.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Purchased the book based on the fact that people were talking about it. I like The Office, but haven't really watched anything else starring Mindy, don't follow her on social... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Melissa Kattke
It was hilarious ad refreshing read! She is so down to earth and I loved her view on marriage! I wish we could be friends Mindy!Published 2 days ago by Rizzy
It was a good read. I would recommend this for middle school/high school girls. Mindy gives great advice for young women.Published 4 days ago by Julia Ly
I really enjoyed this book & appreciated Mindy's ability to make it feel like an intimate chat at a bar. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Emily
it was an easy read, cute and pretty funny, though just a bit boring and scattered, no real story linePublished 5 days ago by Kelley Riedy
The thing I love the most about Mindy is she is not afraid to be who she is. She is hilarious, fierce, and a role model for young women everywhere. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Katie Peterson
Mindy Kaling is hysterical and a wonderful author. Her book is written in first person and she chronicles through her life in such a way that makes you feel like she is sitting... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Amazon Customer