Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns)

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns)

Book - 2012 | First paperback edition
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The writer and actress from "The Office" shares observations on topics ranging from favorite male archetypes and her hatred of dieting to her relationship with her mother and the haphazard creative process on the show.
Contents: Hello
Introduction
Alternate titles for this book
I Forget Nothing: A Sensitive Kid Looks Back:
Cubby for life
I am not an athlete
Don't peak in high school
Is everyone hanging out without me? (or, how I made my first real friend)
I Love New York And It Likes Me Okay:
Failing at everything in the greatest city on earth
Exact level of fame I want
Karaoke etiquette
Day jobs
Best friend rights and responsibilities
Matt & Ben & Mindy & Brenda
Hollywood: My Good Friend Who Is Also A Little Embarrassing:
Types of women in romantic comedies who are not real
All about the office
Franchises I would like to reboot
Contributing nothing at Saturday Night Live
Roasts are terrible
My favorite eleven moments in comedy
How I write
Day I stopped eating cupcakes
Somewhere in Hollywood someone is pitching this movie
Best Distraction In The World: Romance And Guys:
Someone explain one-night stands to me
Hooking up is confusing
I love Irish exits
Guys need to do almost nothing to be great
Non-traumatic things that have made me cry
Jewish guys
Men and boys
In defense of chest hair
Married people need to step it up
Why do men put on their shoes so slowly?
My Appearance: The Fun And The Really Not Fun:
When you're not skinny, this is what people want you to wear
These are the narcissistic photos in my blackberry
Revenge fantasies while jogging
My All-Important Legacy:
Strict instructions for my funeral
Eulogy for Mindy Kaling, by Michael Schur
Good-bye
Acknowledgments
Publisher: New York, New York : Three Rivers Press, [2012]
Edition: First paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2011
Branch Call Number: 817.6 K143.is PBK
Characteristics: ix, 222 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9780307886279
0307886271

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SkokieStaff Jun 08, 2015

Autobiographical, witty, and funny (of course) Mindy Kaling is, as the NY Times describes her, "like Tina Fey's cool little sister." Fans of The Office will enjoy her bubbly Kelly Kapoor voice telling true stories from her life, and offering tips on dating, romance, friendships, shoppin... Read More »


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JCLBrittanyC Nov 15, 2019

I read this book again because I just can’t get enough. Like many
autobiographies, I feel as if this book truly embodies who Mindy is as an
individual. She discusses all aspects of her life, from finding friends to being a
writer on “The Office.” As a fan, I could hear her voice in my head as I read,
making it that much more personal. Due to her excellent voice throughout the
novel, I found this to be such a relatable, quick read. If you enjoy her comedy,
you will definitely find her personality shining through this book. If you don’t
know her comedy, give it a try, maybe you’ll find your new favorite.

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NadiaHathor
Sep 17, 2019

This was a funny and amusing look at Mindy in her early 30's. Most of the book was quite engaging as we got to learn about her childhood, adolescence, early 20's and her struggles to find a fit within the television industry, which was offered in a witty and entertaining manner. The last few chapters lacked direction for me and seemed less about her Journey and revelations and more about her idiosyncrasies and dislikes. Overall a decent read from someone who is still growing and evolving and yet is a successful & inspiring role model for young Women of Colour, especially those from the South Asian Diaspora.

This funny book is even funnier as read by author Mindy Kaling herself! If you’re familiar with her work (The Office and The Mindy Project) you will LOVE this. Enjoy Mindy’s witty observations about life, the universe, and everything as she takes you on a tour from her childhood to her success in Hollywood. (submitted by CC)

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haelle_
Jul 13, 2018

What an entertaining read. Stories of growing up, career, love life and more. And every word stays true to Kaling’s personality. I read it in her voice!

LiztheLibrarian Feb 14, 2018

Mindy Kaling is really quite funny. You will enjoy this I promise!

ArapahoeStaff15 Dec 27, 2017

It was fun to read this as an "Office" fan who knew nothing about Kaling. Full of brutally honest and hilarious stories from her career and early life.

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lorraineacasas
Nov 22, 2017

Fun book! I’ve never watched the Office but I’m glad I read this first! I’ve also never watched the Mindy project. But still! Funny, endearing, relatable! Whether you know mindy Kaling or not, I’d recommend this book!

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serenshadow
Oct 26, 2017

I LOVED this! I love Mindy, I love her show and I've watched her speech at Harvard's 2014 graduation ceremony so many times... so I'm really not surprised to love her book. I listened to the audiobook... I highly recommend it. It's narrated by Mindy herself so her energy really comes through.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jan 05, 2017

I really liked the first book by the famous actress and comedian, Mindy Kaling. The entire book explained her life, and every interesting and hilarious moment. The book was mostly based off of her career and how it started. After reading "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?", it made me realize how much effort Mindy put into her career, to get where she is today. Without her skits, and constant hours of hanging with friends to create sketches, she wouldn't have had the motivation to go and get a job writing for The Office, and so much more. I watch The Mindy Project, and reading this book made me love her even more. She has another book that was recently released, and I cannot wait to get my hands on it! I think it's cool to know more about where our favourite actors and actresses used to be at certain low points of their lives. It's even cooler when you didn't expect what you were about to read, at all! I would rate this book 4/5.
- @Montgomery of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

JCLHeatherM Dec 26, 2016

Kaling's honesty and fun personality make this book a hilarious and endearing read.

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NadiaHathor
Sep 17, 2019

"Sometimes teenage girls ask me for advice about what they should be doing if they want a career like mine one day... Teenage girls, please don't worry about being super popular in high school, or being the best actress in high school, or the best athlete. Not only do people not care about any of that the second you graduate, but when you get older, if you reference your successes in high school too much, it actually makes you look kind of pitiful, like some babbling old Tennessee Williams characters with nothing else going on in her current life. What I've noticed is that almost no one who was a big star in high school is also a big star later in life. For us overlooked kids, it's so wonderfully fair... I just want ambitious teenagers to know it is totally fine to be quiet, observant kids. Besides being a delight to your parents, you will find you have plenty of time to catch up." Chapter; 'Don't Peak in High School'

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britprincess1
May 30, 2012

Are you kidding me? The thrill of living was high school? Come on, Mr. Cougar Mellencamp. Get a life.

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britprincess1
May 30, 2012

I have no discipline; I'm like if Private Benjamin had never toughened up but, in fact, got worse.

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britprincess1
May 30, 2012

I'm getting made fun of because I used to be fat? The laws of bullying allow you to be cruel even when the victim had made strides for improvement? This is when I realized that bullies have no code of conduct.

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thoseunknownwinds
Aug 08, 2016

A book filled with the thoughts of the wonderful Mindy Kaling :)

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