Monday, August 17, 2015
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
Info: Crown Archetype, copyright 2011, 222 pages
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!
Another great car read on my short commute to work everyday. Just four discs! Mindy Kaling's collection of essays and musings, as opposed to Amy Poehler's in Yes, Please seemed more cohesive and put together...and to be honest, it was nice not having to hear the author complain about the writing process.
Despite her successes, Mindy seems like the girl next door, the kind of person you might have grown up with. She's sincere yet witty has she dives into the sometimes awkward conversations about growing up the chubby girl, life in New York while starting her career, and the inner workings of show-business.
I adore her on The Mindy Project, and this book really illuminated her sense of humor that shines through on the show. Dude. I'd kind of like to be her best friend. She's fierce yet ridiculous. She smart yet humble. And she's just the kind of girl I'd like to get into some shenanigans with.
A must-read if you like comedian memoirs.