Why Not Me?

Why Not Me?

Audiobook CD - 2015
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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 "Player" tells the story of Kaling being seduced and dumped by a female friend in L.A. ("I had been replaced by a younger model.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.
Publisher: New York : Books on Tape, [2015]
Copyright Date: ℗2015
ISBN: 9780553551747
Branch Call Number: 791.4502 Kalin
Characteristics: audio file,CD audio
digital,optical,stereo
4 audio discs (5 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Novak, B. J. 1979-
Daniels, Greg

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AL_MARYA Feb 10, 2017

Mindy is funny, relatable and unapologetic. Listening to her audiobook feels a lot like giggling with the girls at happy hour.

AL_BRIDGET Aug 23, 2016

I love listening to Mindy Kaling's audiobooks, because her voice is the best. This was cute and funny, though not quite as much to my taste as her last book. BUT. There was a joke about possums that had me laughing out loud.

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Jul 20, 2016

FIRST: If you are listening to the downloadable audiobook, listen at 2X speed! There is this weird modulation in the audio on the default speed that indicates someone slowed Kaling's voice down in post, maybe thinking of listeners who need more time to process each word. But her delivery of the jokes in this book is really affected by the change in timing. Speeding it up to 2X will absolutely fix the joke timing and brings her delivery closer to the speed at which she normally speaks for an audience, which is pretty no-holds-barred rapid-fire.

Now, review of the book: Totally hilarious! A smart, unapologetic, brash, bold, joyful, romantic, and vulnerable peek into Mindy Kaling's life. Perfect for fans of her last book, her show The Mindy Project, and for anyone with an interest in Hollywood and the world of entertainment production.

lbarkema Oct 15, 2015

Oh Mindy. I do love you and the Mindy Project, but this book just wasn't that interesting. I felt like there should have been more humor, and it was noticeably lacking. The part I paid the most attention to was the "Mindy Kaling alternate life in NY", which was basically a TV episode with the male lead as another Danny Castellano character (not that I'm complaining about that because I love Danny). This goes to show that the rest of the content of this memoir just wasn't that compelling or necessary. It may have been better to wait another few years to write another memoir. I'll still read anything in the future, but I will probably go in with lower expectations.

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AL_MARYA Feb 10, 2017

...I am influenced by a societal pressure to be thin...I feel it the same way anybody who picks up a magazine and sees Keira Knightley’s elegantly bony shoulder blades poking out of a backless dress does. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen my shoulder blades once. Honestly, I’m dubious that any part of my body could be so sharp and firm as to be described as a “blade.” ...even though I wish I could be thin, and that I could have the ease of lifestyle that I associate with being thin, I don’t wish for it with all of my heart. Because my heart is reserved for way more important things.

Who is the beauty icon that inspires you the most? ...Mine is Nosferatu, because that vampire taught me my number-one and number-two favorite beauty tricks of all time: avoid the sun at all costs and always try to appear shrouded in shadows.

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