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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.
Great read! I am a big Office fan and, so the inside knowledge was cool. Also she is really funny and now I want to watch the Mindy project!Published 9 hours ago by Jaclyn
Extremely funny and well written
Super recommended for anyone willing to laugh.
I became a true Mindy fan, from her carasmatic way to her creativity, I could not stop... Read more
authentic, bizzaire and hilarious! Mindy ban be my lipstick icon. One of the most entertaining books Ive read in years!Published 1 day ago by Halcyonia
She is utterly relatable and says things in a way that that makes one say " that's it!! That's what I would say exactly, had I thought of it!" Love her. Love her show. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Kirston Fellhauer
It's beautiful to know even the rich and famous can be a (mostly self-confident) idiot like the rest of us.Published 1 day ago by rainb0h
Down to earth. Common sense prevails. Fun and cute and written with whit, smarts and plain spokenness. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Joy
After reading this book, I started watching her show on Hulu. I love good tv -- Homeland, Americans, Game of Thrones, Ray Donavon, etc -- and now the Mindy Project is one of my... Read morePublished 1 day ago by AmazonAddict
Not laugh out loud funny. But still entertaining. Fun. Breezy. I would recommend for the beach, or vacation. Enjoyed it.Published 3 days ago by jackie
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? is a collection of short essays that are funny, relatable, and provide a bit of insight on Kaling's career and life, beginning with her first... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Sally Bidwell