Book Review: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? – Mindy Kaling

Title: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns)
Author: Mindy Kaling
ISBN: 9780307939807
Pages: 240
Release Date: November 1, 2011
Publisher: Three Rivers Press (Print) / Random House Audio (Audio)
Genre: Non-Fiction, Essays, Memoir
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Summary:

In this collection of essays, Mindy Kaling discusses such varied subjects as her upbringing, her job as a writer on The Office, and her hit off-Broadway play Matt and Ben, based on Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

Review:

There aren’t many famous Indian people in Hollywood, so I’ve always kept an eye on Mindy Kaling even though I never really watched The Office. I didn’t actually know much about her when I picked up Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). I was a bit worried that, because I hadn’t followed Kaling’s career, I wouldn’t understand much of this book, but I’m happy to say I was wrong. Mindy Kaling’s autobiographical essay collection is hilarious and heartwarming, whether you’re familiar with her or not.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) has a great balance among the different aspects that make up a great celebrity memoir. She discusses her childhood and upbringing, such that the reader feels like they get to know her. She includes her path to fame and the odd jobs she worked along the way. Kaling also discusses enough juicy tidbits to keep the celebrity memoir fan happy (getting kicked out of The Office writers room was incredibly interesting and humbling, to be sure). And of course, there’s the nonsense – the scenarios Kaling comes up with when she’s running were a real source of amusement.

This memoir/essay collection is a great balance of personal stories and humor, which makes it a great read on audio. Kaling herself narrates Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns). She’s a wonderful narrator, and it was a lot of fun listening to her. I don’t think you can go wrong with this book regardless of how you choose to consume it, but for me, audio was the way to go. The audio production is unabridged and runs just over four and a half hours.

I have a weakness for memoirs/essay collections by female comedians, and Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) was no exception. It was witty, charming, and really made me fall in love with Mindy Kaling. The stories she told were interesting, and it was refreshing to read about how normal she is. If you’re looking for a thoughtful read that will make you laugh, this is definitely a great book to pick up.

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Comments

  1. I enjoyed Mindy’s book too. It was fluffy and fun, and offered some great tidbits of humor.

  2. I enjoyed Mindy’s book too. It was fluffy and fun, and offered some great tidbits of humor.

  3. I liked this one quite a bit, she’s funny and smart as a whip :)

  4. I liked this one quite a bit, she’s funny and smart as a whip :)

  5. So good to know that even people who aren’t fans of The Office can enjoy it; I picked it up because I’ve loved her writing on that show and sure enough I loved this. Have you been watching The Mindy Project? I think it’s pretty funny.

  6. So good to know that even people who aren’t fans of The Office can enjoy it; I picked it up because I’ve loved her writing on that show and sure enough I loved this. Have you been watching The Mindy Project? I think it’s pretty funny.

  7. I love The Office, and she is a complete hoot on there, so I’d probably like this. I’ve heard if you are expecting Tina Fey, you will be disappointed, but nobody can compete with her.

  8. I love The Office, and she is a complete hoot on there, so I’d probably like this. I’ve heard if you are expecting Tina Fey, you will be disappointed, but nobody can compete with her.

  9. I love the Office and Mindy, but I still haven’t read this one. Looking forward to doing so.

  10. I love the Office and Mindy, but I still haven’t read this one. Looking forward to doing so.

  11. I am glad to finally read a positive review of this one! It seems like everyone had bones to pick with this book, but I am still interested, and do agree that audio might be the way to go. Thanks for giving me a little encouragement on this one!

  12. I am glad to finally read a positive review of this one! It seems like everyone had bones to pick with this book, but I am still interested, and do agree that audio might be the way to go. Thanks for giving me a little encouragement on this one!

  13. I didn’t know anything about her when I picked up this book (just that she was on The Office) and I loved it. Now I watch The Mindy Project and I think she’s great. The audiobook would be awesome to hear her reading!

  14. I didn’t know anything about her when I picked up this book (just that she was on The Office) and I loved it. Now I watch The Mindy Project and I think she’s great. The audiobook would be awesome to hear her reading!

  15. Bookwork1858 – I have been watching The Mindy Project! I think it has potential, definitely.

  16. Bookwork1858 – I have been watching The Mindy Project! I think it has potential, definitely.

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