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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.
I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from Ms. Kaling, but I was pleasantly surprised. Some genuine laughs and agreements were enjoyed.... Read morePublished 1 hour ago by JillB
funny and witty
great quick read to brighten up your day. Great advice, to questions I never knew I had.
This book is ok, but not as great as I hoped it would be. Easy, quick read and kind of funny.Published 12 hours ago by Miranda
Mindy is so funny yet so wise at the same time. I was really interested to read about her lifePublished 21 hours ago by lissasista
Great book, read it for my book club. It was an interesting perspective and had a lot of good, relatable stories. I also started watching her show "The Mindy Project"Published 23 hours ago by Melissa
Everything Mindy Kaling touches turns to gold. This book is the most relatable- and hilarious- autobiography I have ever read.Published 1 day ago by Joe Hegyes
There are moments of humor, but the content rambles. It is mostly her talking about her resume. I think if she had firmed up her subject matter, she has the humor to be... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Velma