Is Everyone Hanging Out
(And Other Concerns)
By Mindy Kaling
What this book is about:
This book combines autobiographical accounts of Kaling’s childhood, college years and her rise to success as a writer and actress on the Emmy-award winning television show The Office, with essays on her personal observations about topics like romance and shopping. Kaling is a talented comedic writer, and she’s not afraid to poke fun at herself or the television industry. Even when she’s sharing unpleasant memories, such as being picked on by the most popular boy in school, she still manages to be funny and to connect with her reader’s inner dork. She shares how she broke into the industry by starring in an off-Broadway play called Matt and Ben that she co-wrote with her best friend, and how she ended up writing for The Office. She also drops a few names and shares some insider stories that will delight those looking for some juicy gossip. She’s most well-known as her character, Kelly Kapoor, the vapid, boy-crazy dingbat on The Office, but this book proves that Mindy is a talent who will be around for years to come.
Why you should read this book:
She dishes about other celebrities like Steve Carell, Amy Poehler, and Rainn Wilson, who is her sworn “frenemy.”
She talks candidly about working in an industry that values thinness and Caucasian beauty.
Her chronicle of her rise to success is both funny and inspiring.
She explains once and for all why she is not Kelly Kapoor.
Many readers will identify with her awkward childhood and adolescence, which she writes about with humor and grace.
She encourages young girls to be proud of their academic accomplishments and to work hard for their dreams, just like she did.
Must-Read Scale—Non-Fiction 5=Highest Value; 0=Lowest Value