Why Not Me?

From the author of the beloved New York Times bestselling book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? and the creator and star of The Mindy Project comes a collection of essays that are as hilarious and insightful as they are deeply personal.
 
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 “Player” tells the story of Kaling being seduced and dumped by a female friend in L.A. (“I had been replaced by a younger model.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.

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

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3 Comments

  1. Fangirling over here I decided to start watching the Mindy Project about a week before the season two finale aired because Hulu was thrashing me over the head with it. Sometimes marketing works. 

  2. Sadly Disappointing Mindy’s first book, “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me” is one of my favourites, so I was incredibly excited for “Why Not Me?”. However I was left really disappointed with this new book. It’s not particularly funny and has none of the heart and charm of her first book. *SPOILERS* I feel like complaining about how being famous means she can’t make racist or homophobic comments in public anymore is in pretty poor taste. I understand the book is meant to be funny, but this…

  3. Smart, fun, and light-hearted read. A must for any Mindy fan. This was a light, quick, and fun read. There were a couple of parts that felt like filler (the transcript of Mindy’s Harvard Law School commencement speech comes to mind) but that doesn’t mean they weren’t entertaining. I love pretty much anything that Mindy Kaling does and if you do too, I would recommend picking this up. It’s a nice reprieve from the seriousness of say, watching the news. I’m not saying it’s all complete superficial fluff. She has some good real-world advice about confidence…

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