Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), by Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling cries when she listens to Paul Simon's "Graceland," is perpetually baffled by men's collective inability to efficiently tie their shoes, and recognizes Christopher Moltisanti's intervention scene on The Sopranos to be one of the funniest television moments of all time. These 3 things confirm what I, and many women my age, firmly believe to be true: Mindy Kaling is meant to be my BFF.

This collection of memoir-esque essays by Kaling, a writer, producer, and actor on NBC's "The Office," is everything I wanted it to be: offbeat, hilarious, sweet, and honest. Kaling opens up about her childhood (her parents were immigrants), her early experiences with comedy at Dartmouth and off-Broadway, and how she came to write for television. The chapters are short and topical, making this an easy and very enjoyable read. If you like the style of humor featured on "the Office" or are interested in female comedians in general, give this book a try.

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