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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 love this book! Her storytelling and humor had me in tears with laughter. I've already bought this book as a go-to gift for friends and love recommending it. Great read!Published 14 hours ago by Rachel Arruda-deCell
If you were to compile the most witty, coherent, and insightful conversations ever had over the internet in texting shorthand, you would get "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Anne Morgan Spalter
Couldn't get in to this book. Maybe it's because I am a lot older than the author, but I just don't relate. But the book is popular, so obviously there are those who do. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Mary Daniels
This book is amazing and I re-read it all the time. Mindy is seriously the best everyone needs to read this bookPublished 1 day ago by Nikki
Funny, short book... Kind of got bored at a few points in it, but majority of it was interesting and pretty funny. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Abby
It's too bad that I didn't enjoy the book more. I'm a huge fan of hers. The book does not change my opinion of her.Published 2 days ago by Lauren
I loved this book because Mindy is funny and because I think she would be a great girlfriend and because I laughed my head off.Published 2 days ago by not over the hill