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Mindy Kaling: ‘Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?'

Gigglers: I’m not going to seek out the newest hardcovers and tell you whether or not to buy them. And while not the Sunday Review, this Sunday blog will explore my brilliant and fascinating thoughts about books. Please use the comments section to share your own thoughts on this book, or whatever you’re reading. 

In the spirit of Mindy Kaling, I’m writing this blog post while watching The Office. She would appreciate my procrastination.

Did you guys know that Mindy Kaling has been writing for The Office since its first season? You probably did. I’m usually a few steps behind. When I picked up her book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) I learned this and much more about the Boston-bred, Dartmouth-educated comedian and friend of HelloGiggles. And I’m now officially hooked on funny female essayists. So if you know of any other good books, let me know in the comments (I’m all over Sloane Crosley–wait, that sounds weird, and I know, I know, I need to read Bossypants).

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Anyway, Mindy’s book is perfect for before bed. The chapters are short, it won’t give you nightmares and you can spread it out over a couple of weeks to savor the hilarity. And I don’t just like her because she’s from Boston (though let’s be honest, that’s an easy in). While she may play a total airhead as Kelly Kapoor on The Office, she’s clearly a smart girl with witty things to say about growing up, body image, working in Hollywood, dating and friendship. And she’s honest when she talks about these things. There’s no sugar coating except on the cupcakes she buys until a bakery owner tries to get her to tweet about it.

Like other successful female humor writers, Mindy is just like you, but the cool, funny, confident friend you wish you had. She has an inspiring way of sharing that makes you think you’re on your own road to success. It’s important to remember that she’s not your friend, and you are not a stalker, but it’s perfectly acceptable to have a little girl crush.

What I really want to do is share some of my favorite lines. What were your faves?

I feel you sister: “Like everyone normal, I would never have a bumper sticker, ever. However, if I saw one that read, “Hell Is Waiting in Line for Brunch,” I might buy a thousand and plaster my car with them.”

On the unfairness of the sexes: “Forgive me, but being a guy is so easy. A little Kiehl’s, a little Bumble and Bumble, a peacoat, and Chuck Taylors, and you’re hot.”

Oh, Mind: “I remember when the news reports came out about Michael Phelps’s ten-thousand-calorie-a-day diet, and everyone was so shocked. But I just thought, yep, I could do that, no problem.”

On the multifaceted gifts of Sarah Silverman: “This was the problem of living in a post-Sarah Silverman world: lots of young women holding the scepter of inappropriateness did not know how to wield it.”

I will leave you with one last nugget of wisdom: If you read this book and it makes you happy, and then you finish the book and are inconsolably sad, just visit Mindy’s website where you can continue to laugh along with her blog like you’re old friends who don’t see each other very often but when you do it’s likeyouneverleft.

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  • Nicole Paulhus

    “My Boyfriend Wrote A Book About Me” by Hilary Winston is also great and written by a female sitcom writer (My Name Is Earl, Community & Happy Endings)!

  • Liz Haebe

    I was totally going to recommend Hilary Winston’s book! I also highly recommend Samantha Bee’s “I Know I Am, But What Are You?” and all of the Chelsea Handler books, especially ‘My Horizontal Life’.

  • Caroline Jeffery

    you need to read bossypants, and then LISTEN to bossypants. tina fey is amazing, to put it lightly.

  • Anna Hambrook

    Mindy’s book is one of my all-time favourites! So, so, SO funny!
    She is also thoroughly enjoyable to follow on Twitter (I got a Twitter account JUST to follow her).

  • Laura Rowsell

    You do so need to read Bossypants, it is awesome! I also think that Nora Ephron can’t be beaten on essays- I especially like I Remember Nothing.

  • Lindsey Silken

    Thanks for the great recs!

  • Kathleen Rhea Galeos

    I’ve been meaning to read her book, honest to God (with my hand raised in promise). But this post will just have to do for now. Thanks! Also, I’ve never ventured the collections of female essayists; I now have a summer goal :)

  • Danielle Rollins

    Let’s Pretend this Never Happened, by Jenny Lawson is amazing! Also, not as funny, but Wild by Cheryl Strayed (the till recently anonymous author of the Dear Sugar blog at the Rumpus). Check out her book and her column.

  • Danielle Rollins

    And when I wrote that it’s “not as funny” that’s because it’s not supposed to be funny. Because it’s deep and stuff. That totally made sense in my head but when I saw it in writing it sounded like I was all like “Wild…eh, it’s okay.”

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