Published by Crown Archetype on November 1st 2011
Genres: Adult, Humor
Narrator: Mindy Kaling
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”
Perhaps you want to know what Mindy thinks makes a great best friend (someone who will fill your prescription in the middle of the night), or what makes a great guy (one who is aware of all elderly people in any room at any time and acts accordingly), or what is the perfect amount of fame (so famous you can never get convicted of murder in a court of law), or how to maintain a trim figure (you will not find that information in these pages). If so, you’ve come to the right book, mostly!
In Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Mindy invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood, with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls. Mindy Kaling really is just a Girl Next Door—not so much literally anywhere in the continental United States, but definitely if you live in India or Sri Lanka.
Published by Crown Archetype on September 15th 2015
Narrator: Mindy Kaling
In Why Not Me?, Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether it’s falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification whatsoever, or most important, believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you’re constantly reminded that no one looks like you.
In “How to Look Spectacular: A Starlet’s Confessions,” Kaling gives her tongue-in-cheek secrets for surefire on-camera beauty, (“Your natural hair color may be appropriate for your skin tone, but this isn’t the land of appropriate–this is Hollywood, baby. Out here, a dark-skinned woman’s traditional hair color is honey blonde.”)
“Player” tells the story of Kaling being seduced and dumped by a female friend in L.A. (“I had been replaced by a younger model. And now they had matching bangs.”)
In “Unlikely Leading Lady,” she muses on America’s fixation with the weight of actresses, (“Most women we see onscreen are either so thin that they’re walking clavicles or so huge that their only scenes involve them breaking furniture.”)
And in “Soup Snakes,” Kaling spills some secrets on her relationship with her ex-boyfriend and close friend, B.J. Novak (“I will freely admit: my relationship with B.J. Novak is weird as hell.”)
Mindy turns the anxieties, the glamour, and the celebrations of her second coming-of-age into a laugh-out-loud funny collection of essays that anyone who’s ever been at a turning point in their life or career can relate to. And those who’ve never been at a turning point can skip to the parts where she talks about meeting Bradley Cooper.
I’ve been wanting to read Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me and Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling for years. But, I just never got to them. However, recently I acquired a New York Public Library Card and saw them both available on Overdrive as audiobooks and I immediately checked them out. I LOVED both of these books so much, and now I am a total Mindy Kaling fangirl.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me was published first, and talks a lot about how Mindy Kaling ended up working for The Office. It’s hilarious, as you would expect from Mindy Kaling. She has such a fun sense of humor, and having her narrate the audiobooks makes it all the better. I really found it interesting learning about the play that Mindy and her friend put together, Matt and Ben, about Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. I had never heard of it, but it sounds hilarious. I absolutely gobbled this up, and couldn’t wait to read the next one.
Why Not Me is a more recent title, and I loved it even more than Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me. Mindy is just a bit more mature, and I could relate to her even more than before. I loved hearing about how her show The Mindy Project finally got started. It made me want to watch the show ASAP, which I have now done, and I am a total fan. I also thought Mindy Kaling had some really interesting things to say about confidence, and how people need to work hard to deserve that confidence.
In Why Not Me, there is this little hilarious story of what Mindy Kaling imagines her life would be like if she didn’t end up writing for The Office. It was such a fun little story, and read very much like Bridget Jones’s Diary or Meg Cabot and now I SOOOO want Mindy Kaling to write a book like that. I would be ALLL over it.
I cannot recommend Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me and Why Not Me enough. If you enjoyed Tina Fey’s Bossypants or Amy Poehler’s Yes Please, I think you would really love both of these books.
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