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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 Mindy! She cracks me up. I enjoyed her book, it gave me a better understanding who she really is instead of the characters she played. Very hilarious.Published 15 hours ago by J. Murphy
I have recently read Tina's, Amy's, and Chelsea's memoirs. Mindy's ranks right up there with the best! Read morePublished 2 days ago by Sarah Blain
I would recommend this book to anyone who has wild thoughts that get away from themselves. Seriously funny and, oddly, makes me want to hang out with Mindy.Published 3 days ago by Vaishali D Patel
Mindy Kaling is awesome. I loved this book. It made me feel happy and confident as she writes so much to what girls and women experience. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amelia Spatz
I loved that this was an easy read and funny. I feel like I could be friends with mindy now!Published 3 days ago by Hannah
Fun, funny, quick read. Mindy is honest, grounded, and a good writer. Fun to hear about her background. Thumbs upPublished 4 days ago by Caitlin Dowdall
If you read this book around other people, you will look like a creepy weirdo laughing to yourself all the time. Otherwise, I wholeheartedly recommend you read it.Published 4 days ago by abby