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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 ten years older than Kaling, but she is absolutely the kind of woman that I'd "love to have a [many] beer(s) with. Read morePublished 5 hours ago by Kimberly M. Rehberg
Made me laugh and was incredibly relateable. Also gave me a ton of new ideas because it made me think. This happens rarely... So all in all I thought it was bloody goodPublished 12 hours ago by Awesome dude Kiki
A behind the scenes narration of The Office by Mindy Kaling. Her over-confidence is lovable and enjoyable. Read morePublished 12 hours ago by StargazerAmy
It was funny, but I expected more. Good book though - read the entire thing on a plane ride and didn't want to put it down so that's always a good thing.Published 14 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Great, easy to read book. Hilarious, dry humour. Wish it was longer - can't wait to read Mindy's next book (if she ever writes another).Published 1 day ago by A
Mindy's great! I bought this for my 14 year old daughter and she really liked it, as did I.Published 2 days ago by Stephlet
If you were to make a list of things I don’t want to read about, this book has them all: eyebrow waxing, dieting, exercising, lists to pad out the book such as absurd ideas for... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Mark