AS I AM NOW CO-HOSTING EXPLORING MY BOOKS WITH ADDLEPATES AND BOOK NERDS, OUR TOPIC THIS WEEK IS
A Surprising Book
My pick for this topic is mostly because I didn’t think I would enjoy this particular genre, and that genre is celebrity memoirs. Last year I came across “Why Not Me?” by Mindy Kaling at Barnes and Noble and idly glanced at it. After reading the diagram on the back of the book, I had to buy it. If you are not familiar with the back cover, it has a picture of a heart that has its parts labeled. These parts are what Mindy Kaling believes make up her heart. The one part of her heart that caused me to impulse buy her memoir was that Stephen Colbert has a part in her heart, just like he has a part in mine. Prior to buying this book I had only vaguely heard of Mindy Kaling, and I seriously mean vaguely, I hadn’t seen a single thing she acted in prior to reading it.
After finishing her witty memoir, I immediately started watching her show, The Mindy Project, which is a hilarious comedy about a gynecologist. By reading this surprising book, I was introduced to a wonderful actress and television show.
Why Not me? BY Mindy Kaling
“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 “Player” tells the story of Kaling being seduced and dumped by a female friend in L.A. (“I had been replaced by a younger model.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.”
WHICH OF YOUR BOOK surprised you?
WANT TO KNOW WHAT TOPICS WE HAVE DONE IN THE PAST?
To participate in the Exploring Your Bookshelf meme hosted by Addlepates and Bookworms and myself, here’s what you do:
- Post a picture of your bookshelf (preferably literal, but e-shelves work too).
- We’ll give you something about your shelf to write about. It might be your favourite cover, your favourite author, your book you most recently bought etc.
- Then give us the blurb and the cover of the book (and what you thought of it if you’ve read it)
- And finally, come back to one of our posts and send us a link! We promise to check out all of your posts!