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"highly entertaining and engaging"
-India West

" It always bothered me that Aasif was more than merely funny-he's also a great actor. Now I've learned he's an amazing storyteller as well, and I am furious . . . but also grateful. Aasif's movement between cultures and genres is what makes him and his story singularly funny, poignant, and essential."
-John Hodgman, author of The Areas of My Expertise and More Information Than You Require

"9.3 out of 10. A fast and entertaining read that should take most people no more than a day or two to finish, this comes strongly recommended to both comedy fans and those interested in first-hand looks at the American immigration experience, as well as anyone else looking for a sweet, funny story about nerdom and outsider culture."
-Chicago Center for Literature and Photography

"Aasif is my favorite Indo-Muslim-British- American Daily Show correspondent ever. I loved No Land's Man!"
-Jim Gaffigan, author of Dad Is Fat and Food: A Love Story

"Best Comedy Books of 2014" selection by The Washington Post

"Mandvi's book 'No Land's Man' is a collection of humorous essays that explore his myriad identities: Indian, Muslim, British, and American...The book is a lighthearted but heartfelt portrait of Mandvi's childhood and his struggles to come to terms with his rather complicated life."
-The Boston Globe

"We need more books like this - or rather, we need to read more books like this - in order to understand the fundamental humanity that we all share, regardless of skin color."
-Daily Kos

"a warm and explosively funny book"
- The New York Times

About the Author

Actor and writer Aasif Mandvi is a correspondent on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and one of the stars of HBO's upcoming series, The Brink for which he also serves as writer/producer. He won an OBIE award for his one-man play Sakina's Restaurant which he later adapted into the film Today's Special. He has appeared in numerous theater, film and television productions including The Pulitzer Prize winning play Disgraced at Lincoln Center, and the films Million Dollar Arm and The Internship. He lives in New York City. To learn more about the glamorous life and well informed opinions he pretends to have, follow him on twitter @aasif.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (November 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452107912
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452107912
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #408,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
What a wonderful fun book! I couldn't decide between enjoying this book so much that I wanted to read it straight through, or just one chapter at a time and savor every story, like tasty little desserts.

I wish I could hear the whole book through his voice - maybe he'll make it into an audiobook one day.

His humor underscores deeper themes of cultural diversity, family ties, and finding your place in the world. The great thing about his stories is not just the colorful journey he takes you along on. It's all the memories triggered of your own life experiences - school, friends, family, jobs, love.

When you read this book, you can't help but feel like you spent an afternoon with a favorite longtime friend.
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Aasif Mandvi, senior Muslim correspondent for the Daily Show. Aasif Mandvi, the son of a man who left England for the miracles of brunch in Florida. Aasif Mandvi, childhood victim of bullying on two continents. (Those passages made my heart hurt.) Aasif Mandvi, Broadway actor and Obie-winner, who kind of brought a loud posse with him when invited to a party at Brooke Shields' house. (Blame the pot brownie.)

And about a dozen more facets. Mandvi, to quote Whitman, contains multitudes. That's the point of the book, and its great delight. It is the story of a brown actor in an often clueless white entertainment world, the tale of a theater-drunk kid trying to master his craft, and...pancakes. And Mello Yello. (You'll have to read the book to find out what that means. And you should.)

If I have a criticism of this big-hearted, well-crafted book, it's that I wish it were longer. Mandvi's stunning, surrealistic picture of a night of hazing at an English boarding school goes beyond the usual grim details to dig into why, and when, an artist is born. I could have read another 50 pages about Mandvi's parents, and I am still dying to know more about the children's theater school in England that clearly gave Mandvi a place of solace and inspiration.

It's a terrific book. You laugh. You'll cry. You'll try to get a discount at IHOP. (Read it to find out how.)
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Aasif is even more funny and insightful in writing than he is on The Daily Show. These stories touch on BIG themes - identity, religion, family, brunch, Michael Jackson - but he keeps things moving with a great amount of wit and skillful storytelling. I'd recommend this to anyone who likes thinking and laughing at the same time.
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"No Land's Man" (2014 publication; 192 pages) is not really a memoir, even though it certainly has some elements of it, from Aasif Mandvi, best known for his work on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. It is quite amazing that Mandvi (or I should say: his parents) decided to emigrate not once, but twice: first when Mandvi was very young they moved from Mumbai to northern England, and then in the early 80s when Mandvi was 16, they moved from England to the US. Hence Mandvi's self-described status as an "Indian-Muslim-British-American" actor.

The book is in essence a collection of about 15 essays on his upbringing, adjusting as the 'outsider' to life in England and then in the US (Tampa, to be exact). Interestingly, Madvi arrived in the US exactly 1 year earlier than I did (I came here from Belgium), and his observations on the adjustments to life in the US really struck home for me. "Moving from Bradford [England] to Florida felt akin to the day my parents finally threw out our old black-and-white TV and replaced it with color." YESS. And this: "I knew that to my dad, America was Willy Wonka's chocolate factory and he was a ten year old who had won a golden ticket." Most interesting for me was the essay on Madvi's visit back to Braford, three decades later, only to find the place profoundly different from how he remembered it in his mind. It just goes to prove: you can never go back home.

The last chapter describes on how he was 'recruited' to join The Daily Show, which he at first reluctantly joined but then later fully embraced. And then... the book is done! It comes to an abrupt end and given its small volume to begin with, I read this book front to back in less then a day. It's all enjoyable and at times hilariously so. If you are in the mood for some light reading, I'd readily recommend "No Land's Man".
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a story that million Americans can relate to.Aasif is funny,great storyteller and also a writer who can tackle issues of race, color, religion and struggles of immigrants, assimilation and talent and hard work they bring and that can make them successful and valued members of this fusion pot society!! It is fun read , lovingly poking fun of family, culture but thoughtful and meaningful .Well done Aasif.
Just a reader.
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Loved this book!!!!! The immigrant experience is so personal to each family but Mandvi was able to cross cultural lines so that you can relate regardless of your culture or background. All those comical, awkward and down right hysterical moments from a family who was just trying to fit in and yet remain different.
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This is a wonderful book that moved me to laughter or tears in every essay. Aasif Mandvi is funny, smart, insightful, and charming while setting forth the story of a life journey - physical, emotional, professional - that is personal in its details, but universal in the meaning he mines from it. The trademark hilarious zing and zip that characterize his Daily Show bits courses throughout the book, but what I loved most was the intelligence and compassion he applies to topics ranging from love, religion, bigotry, and family. Mandvi is also a gifted and talented enough writer not to have to resort to the current trend among celebrity writers of advice-giving, empowerment cheerleading, or shock value. Instead, he simply engages in the art of telling fantastic, beautifully-written stories with lines you want to read out loud to people around you. Even if you are not the child of immigrants, a pioneering South Asian actor, or a TV star, you'll find yourself relating to the struggle to to find an identity, place in the world, and to realize your dreams. And you will really wish you could call up Aasif Mandvi and talk to him about it.
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