Thursday, November 17, 2011

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

I love The Office.  It has been set to record on my DVR for years.  Kelly Kapoor, played by Mindy Kaling,  is one of my favorite characters.  So when I heard she had written a book, I realized two thing right away.  The first was that her stories were going to be hilarious.  The second was that I had to download it immediately.

This book is about Mindy's life so far (she is only 32 years old).  Is contains a series of short essays regarding different scenes from her life, mixed in with lists about things she finds important (such as the duties of a best friend).  Her storytelling is quirky and so funny.  She does go into detail about her time at Dartmouth, her breakthrough play Matt and Ben (a fictional account of Matt Damon's and Ben Affleck's rise to fame, which I had no idea existed until this book), and how she landed her gig at The Office, as well as what it is like to work on a tv show.  If you are a fan, you will find this all very interesting.  Oh yes, and did I mention that you will laugh?


I absolutely adored this book.  It was a quick read and very hard to put down.  I would give it 4 out of 5 stars.  I actually started listening to it over again after I finished it the first time, because I enjoyed her stories so much.  I have to admit that I did have a hard time separating Mindy from the character, Kelly, that she plays, even though she goes through great pains to explain all of the ways that they are different.  From the stories I read, it seemed that they were also quite similar.  That's just my opinion.  Give this book a read, and let me know what you think.  

Next up, The Help, and this is a big book.  It might take me a while (but what I have read so far is just magical).  


ShinyPrettyThings said...

i LOVE her on the Office! she's freaking hilarious. i had no idea she wrote a book! thanks for sharing, will def add to my list of must reads!

Adele said...

I was looking at this book the other day, so gald you have reviewed it! Must go back & buy it now. Happy weekend Erin xoxo

colleen said...

i really want to read this book - now you've convinced me! and the help is actually a fast read even though it's long - very hard to put down.

The Blonde Duck said...

I'm putting it on my library list!

Jess said...

Since I don't have any spare time to read right now, I asked for it for Christmas. But I really *really* want to read it sooner. Your review is not helping the wait. And speaking of help, The Help was really good!

Mal said...

I can't wait to read this!

Stephanie said...

This book is at the top of my must read list. I cannot wait!

Vanilla - Notes from my closet said...

I have heard great things about this book! I may have to add it to my Christmas list :)

Love, Vanilla

shopgirl said...

Sounds like a good read. Must remember to add this to my reading list.

p.s. I hate cold weather too! I never know how to dress for it.


Anonymous said...

great photos!

Pretty Affair said...

great review - you got me intrigued!! going to check out also the second book :)

Julia said...

Thank you for sharing!!!!

Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said...

I'm sure I'd love the part about the duties of a best friend, because I take friendship very seriously and maybe even too serious at times haha

Erin, have you entered my giveaway yet? Today is the last day to enter, hope to see you taking part!

yiqin; said...

ii need to check this out <3

Zarna said...

i'll have to check out her book!

Erin said...

She is soo funny! I didn't know she had a book! I will have to check into this!


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Anonymous said...

The Help is amazing, you'll love it. I read it through twice. And when we read Mindy Kaling's book next, you should join in the discussion!

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