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Why Not Me?

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Mindy Kaling, Greg Daniels, B. J. Novak

4 Hours 57 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

September 2015

Audio Book Summary

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? and creator of The Mindy Project and Never Have I Ever comes a hilarious collection of essays about her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life.

“This is Kaling at the height of her power.”—USA Today

In Why Not Me?, Kaling shares insightful, deeply personal stories about 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, and 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 “Player” tells the story of Kaling being seduced and dumped by a female friend in L.A. (“I had been replaced by a younger model.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.

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Reviews

  • Lauren C.

    Both upbeat and thoughtful. A great opportunity to hear Mindy's personality come through her reading. I didn't love the hypothetical email story because it included repetitive text that your eyes can skip over in the book but are forced to listen to on audiobook.

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  • Alisha L.

    I love this book. i read it paper back. though. it's a very good book.

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  • Jessica P

    I'm a huge Mindy fan so I'm a bit biased. I had read this book twice before but wanted to have the option to listen as well. This book is a must for any woman ranging from 16-40's. It's a great laugh as well as inspiring.

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  • Melissa M

    Loved this book mindy is so relatable and hilarious. I wish she was my best friend

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  • Abbey Bowyer

    Brilliant! I absolutely love, Mindy!

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  • PA Lee

    I loved it that Mindy narrated her own book! It made it more comical. I definitely had a lot of laugh out loud moments.

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  • Natasha Karek

    I absolutely love doing this bookend the fact that Mindy herself read it

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  • Kathleen McMahon

    This is the first autobiography/self-help book from a comedian that I've been able to finish. Mindy is modest and funny and shares just enough "girlie" stuff to keep it real.

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  • Laurence Goulet

    Very funny book and Mindy Kaling is an amazing narrator!! I really recommend this book is you have a long road to do it is perfect!!

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  • Nicole Dupuis

    SUPER FUNNY! Had me laughing out loud! Love her honesty, humor, stories, dramatic rants and analogies! It was great learning more about Mindy Kaling. I think she does a great job narrating!

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