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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.
Kaling writes with a perfect balance of self-awareness, wit, and shopping knowledge. This is a weird/crazy story, but my boyfriend asked me to marry him while I was reading this... Read morePublished 8 hours ago by Hillary R Hanson
Mindy is hilarious and adorable. I read the whole book in about 2 days. Super easy read, but a lot of cultural references that were brilliant.Published 1 day ago by Hallie
Mindy Kaling does not hold back, reading about her accomplishments made me even more of a fan of her as a writer and comedian, her personal stories fun, often times relatable and... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Mary
This is one of the funniest books I have ever read! I highly recommend it! I feel like I was having a conversation with my best friend!Published 1 day ago by katie c
Great read. Mindy is so funny! You definitely have to read it with her voice in your head to make sure you don't miss the sarcasm and funny jokes. LOVE IT!Published 3 days ago by Mazzellas
I haven't watched much of her work or followed her career, but what I have seen has been funny, so I figured I'd check her book out. Read morePublished 3 days ago by britesongs
I expected more from Mindy Kaling. This is very stream of conciousness, and there isn't a lot of profound reasoning, or good information in it. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amanda Buckles