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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.
After I bought SWF seeks BFF, this book appeared as the "people who bought this also bought" one underneath, so I added it to my list and eventually bought it. Read morePublished 7 hours ago by Marcia
Love love LOVE. I can't stress how much I love mindy after this book. A must read. Do it! Please.Published 1 day ago by Armando Guerrero, Jr.
Love her show, love her, didn't care at all for the book. Stopped reading it midway, it just did not capture my attention.Published 1 day ago by JR
Entertaining read! A fun book if you just want something simple. It's like listening to a good friend tell a long story.Published 1 day ago by Allison Rodgers
Hysterical. A fast, super fun read that I can't wait to read again. I started a sappy love story right after but had to put it down because all I could hear was Mindy's voice... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Hannah Lockhart
This is a kick-back-funny book. I love the Mindy project and she narrarates the show, so her personality really came through, like she was talking to me..... Read morePublished 2 days ago by ~Niki
Mindy Kaling, whom I have always enjoyed, comes across as likable, approachable, and enjoyable. Her self-deprecating humor is refreshing in its honesty. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Jen Quinn
I purchased this book not knowing anything about it, so I didn't really know what to expect! This book made me laugh so much! Read morePublished 3 days ago by Courtney Goodzinski