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Why Not Me? Hardcover – September 15, 2015
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An Amazon Best Book of September 2015: In Why Not Me? Mindy Kaling has solidified her position as “most valuable friend.” Just like Mindy, these essays are exuberantly funny, deeply introspective and refreshingly thoughtful. From her relationship with BJ Novak and the guy who worked for the president, to creating her TV show and announcing the Emmy nominations, Mindy’s just-between-us-friends approach makes you love her just a little bit more after each story, and you’ll even question if Mindy is your soup snake. By all conventional measures Mindy Kaling should not be where she is, and that is the beauty of the stories she shares—“Work hard, know your shit, show your shit, and then feel entitled.” Accessible and empowering, Why Not Me? makes you want to stand up and shout, “Why not me, too?”--Deborah Bass
“Kaling has written a second book that’s funnier, sharper and more confident than her 2011 collection of personal essays and pop culture riffs called Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). Even the title of that initial effort implied that Kaling was trying to find her place; the tone of this new one announces that she’s found it and is more than comfortable inviting people to spend time with her there.”—Washington Post
“Funny, thoughtful essays and anecdotes written in the star’s trademark voice. But this time around, things are just little more grown-up…This is Kaling at the height of her power.”—USA Today
“Mindy Kaling may be gearing up for the fourth season of her TV show, The Mindy Project, but that didn't deter her from writing another wildly entertaining and completely relatable book… Her first memoir, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), spent time on several best-seller lists. Why Not Me? will certainly follow in its footsteps.”—Associated Press
“Hilarious…Kaling knows her strengths, and plays to them brilliantly…Aside from that effortlessly conversational tone and her pitch-perfect humor, Kaling’s biggest strength here is curatorial. She gives us the candy we came for – the advice, the anecdotes, the straight talk on body image – but sprinkles in something extra.”—Entertainment Weekly, A-
“Why Not Me? is all that we've come to expect from the creator and star of The Mindy Project: refreshing, confident, genuine, and, yes, absolutely hilarious.” —Refinery29
“…insightful personal essays from one of Hollywood's cleverest writers… Intrepid and often irreverent, Kaling humbly probes her own triumphs and defeats with laugh-out-loud results”. —Kirkus Reviews
“Kaling's irreverent take on life is both uproariously funny and dead-on…Advice on a variety of topics—including why extensions make everyone more beautiful and how the world needs to start assuming that all young women are confident—make this an empowering and entertaining read.”—Publishers Weekly
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I really loved the alternate universe where Mindy stays in NY and becomes a Latin teacher. That part of the book just really showcases how great Kaling is at writing work place romances.
I do think the book could use more structure and her writing can feel very stream of consciousness.
Overall a fun read that really cracked me up at moments and made me smile with its advice.
Every essay is different and uniquely enjoyable but I especially enjoyed the essay on her romance with a government employee. The essay about her alternate self, written primarily through emails and text messages, left me absolutely tickled and felt as if I was reading early drafts of "The Mindy Project."
Mindy Kaling has solidified herself as one of my favorite writers and storytellers. I hope I will not have to wait too much longer for her next book.
I wasn't disappointed in a single chapter. I would actually hazard to say that Why Not Me? is better than Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, and I never thought I would say that. The humor is more consistent, the personal anecdotes go a little deeper, and the quick emotional punches ("What if I forget the sound of my mother's voice?" she lists as a fear she has while she lies awake at night) hit a little harder. I felt like IEHOWM? was like a conversation with a best friend, but as The Mindy Project once said--best friend isn't a person, it's a tier, and WNM? felt like I'd moved up a tier to have an even more intimate conversation with an even closer friend.
Unlike some other biographical essays by women in comedy, Why Not Me? has no pretentiousness and, beyond that, no pretense. There's a delightful sense throughout the book that Ms. Kaling is not here to prove anything, she's just here to chat. She willingly and cheerfully points her own flaws, but balances that with the (well earned) self-pride she's managed to make a hallmark of her public persona.
I always respected Ms. Kaling as a woman in comedy who puts up with unnecessary shaming of her appearance, comedy, personality, etc. After reading the chapters describing her day-to-day life, I have a newfound respect for all the work she does. The behind-the-scenes look at the work she puts in to running her show is fantastic as an intimate glance into the television-making process, as well as a nice little study of Mindy herself. I want to work for her, honestly.
I couldn't pick my favorite essays, but the standouts include: an essay where Mindy describes her romance with a presidential employee (maybe a Secret Serviceman, maybe just some kind of servant? I'm not entirely sure, but whatever); an essay about filming sex scenes (a moment with one co-star is described as "the sexiest thing that has ever happened to me, and, uh, YEAH, it's pretty sexy and great); an essay about the "alternate life" Mindy might have had, which evolves into a mini romantic comedy told through the emails and texts of private school teachers (Sam and Mindy forever!) and the title essay, which closes out the book. It's that last essay where she gets a little serious and talks about confidence, something she's often asked about, concluding that "confidence, like respect, has to be earned." I love that idea, because once confidence has been earned, nobody can take ti away from you, because they can't take away the accomplishments and work that gave you your confidence int he first place.
And yes, the humor is there. Mindy is great self-deprecating humor (Example: "I noticed my phone was dead and, in a desperate tone used only by women begging for their child's life, asked Will if he had a charger."). The transcript of a commencement speech she gave at Harvard Law had me cackling.
In short, if you liked Mindy's first book, buy this one immediately. I'm crossing my fingers than this becomes an every-four-years occurrence (and we'd better get a sequel to the Mindy and Sam story. I'm thinking Madeline the evil principal reveals an old torrid affair with Sam that almost ruins his relationship with Mindy?), because something tells me Mindy will never run out of things to say.
I love the way Mindy embraces her tendency toward the frivolous, not trying to convince people that she has it all together. Her diagram of the things which take up space in her brain was one of my favorite parts.
I couldn't have been more amused hearing her unfiltered thoughts and opinions on topics ranging from Hollywood (loved the hair extensions rant and the part about actresses and tech millionaires) to White House visits, sororities and her lists of worries.
My only (small) complaint was that there were a couple of sections in the book that seemed like 'filler' to meet a certain page # quota; particularly some of the Harvard speech and part of the chapter about her alternate persona as a Latin teacher. Overall, I loved it and highly recommend it.