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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'm a big fan of Mindy, so naturally I wanted to read her book. There were some parts that bored me a bit, but I'd call it witty overall.Published 4 hours ago by Lindsey
She is the type of girl everyone needs as a friend. Witty, nice, honest, and fun!Published 6 hours ago by Elizabeth Hobrecht
I love love love Mindy. I love her confidence, her humor and her overall positive outlook. It is SOOO great to see a female be proud of who she is and to encourage other women to... Read morePublished 8 hours ago by AmyG
Did not want to put the book down. The story about her guest writing stint at Saturday Night
Live was my favorite part in the book. Read more
This book is great. I already love The Mindy Project and the book confirms the aspects of the main character that derive from Mindy herself. Read morePublished 11 hours ago by Bacchus N Milo
Funny and refreshing. Now when I watch The Office (I usually watch the whole series every couple of months, my husband hates but loves this) I have a whole new perspective! Read morePublished 19 hours ago by katie
While I don't relate to everything she talks about, the moments I do relate to make me so ecstatic that Mindy Kaling exists. Read morePublished 22 hours ago by ChainsawsSilly!
I bought this because it is my book club's book for the month. If you like very simplistic, middle school level books with no apparent point, this is the book for you.Published 1 day ago by Kristine Sheridan