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release date: Sep 18, 2012
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Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”
 
Perhaps you want to know what Mindy thinks makes a great best friend (someone who will fill your prescription in the middle of the night), or what makes a great guy (one who is aware of all elderly people in any room at any time and acts accordingly), or what is the perfect amount of fame (so famous you can never get convicted of murder in a court of law), or how to maintain a trim figure (you will not find that information in these pages). If so, you’ve come to the right book, mostly!
 
In Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Mindy invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood, with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls. Mindy Kaling really is just a Girl Next Door—not so much literally anywhere in the continental United States, but definitely if you live in India or Sri Lanka.




From the Hardcover edition.
release date: Sep 27, 2016
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Why Not Me?
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.
release date: Sep 12, 2017
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Hot Mess Kitchen: Recipes for Your Delicious Disastrous Life
"I came for the recipes and stayed for the funny, personal writing. How could you not love a book with recipes like "Fuck It, Let's Just Get Stoned Nachos" and "All My Friends Are Married Mud Pie"? Surely there is not one among you who has not felt both sentiments. You could buy this book and enjoy it without ever taking out your oven mitts." --Mindy Kaling, from the foreword

Decades ago, every young woman left home knowing how to cook, but now, well, not so much. And while they're happy times have changed, authors Gabi Moskowitz and Miranda Berman want to save millennials from the perils of takeout and take back the kitchen with their new book, HOT MESS KITCHEN.

These ladies aren't serving caviar and champagne; they're making Quarter-Life Crisis Queso. They're not giving you a plan for the perfect dinner party, but suggesting How to Throw a Fabulous Dinner Party Without Having an Anxiety Attack. And they're going to be there each step of the way with easy, delicious recipes and personal stories that make it feel like they're right there in your kitchen with you, showing you which knife to use and wiping the mascara from your face as you cry from onion chopping. They're going to be your friends. Your kitchen friends, your HOT MESS KITCHEN friends. Your best friends? No, no, this isn't like a Her type of scenario. Have real friends.

Read this book and all their stories, and let Gabi and Miranda show you how cooking has helped, or how it could have helped them, in their messiest moments!
release date: Oct 05, 2004
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Matt & Ben

The laughs come at a manic pace, in this delightfully venomous play that has taken off-Broadway by storm.

It's the story Hollywood has glamorized, publicized, and bombarded us with--how it all began for the two young men, now famous for the tabloid coverage of ther on-again-off-again romances, their big budget smashes and flops, and their "Project Greenlight." It started with a script for the film that became Good Will Hunting, slaved over by the bright young dreamers (portrayed in this play's permier by the female playwrights) in their run-down apartment in Somerville, Massachusetts, in 1996. Or was it This hilarious, scathing play takes us back to the pivotal moment when the finished script that would change their lives...fell from the ceiling while they were working on something else. The laughs come at a manic pace, in this delightfully venomous play that has taken off-Broadway by storm.
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release date: Apr 02, 2013
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Questions I Ask When I Want to Talk About Myself: 50 Topics to Share with Friends
Mindy Kaling loves to talk (Rainn Wilson has dubbed her The Office flibbertigibbet) and she loves to listen (back when she was babysitting for a living, her charges found in her an enthusiastic sounding-board for listing the pros and cons of marrying each band member of ‘N Sync).

In this deck of conversation starters, Mindy discusses her views on 50 witty and relatable subjects, along with accompanying questions to get you and your friends talking about things that really matter (best friend rights and responsibilities, how guys have to do almost nothing to be great, and other universal truths).
release date: May 01, 2018
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Like Brothers
The multitalented writers, directors, producers, and actors (as seen on The League, Transparent, and The Mindy Project) share the secrets of their lifelong partnership in this unique memoir.
 
Whether producing, writing, directing, or acting, the Duplass Brothers have made their mark in the world of independent film and television on the strength of their quirky and empathetic approach to storytelling. Now, for the first time, Mark and Jay take readers on a tour of their lifelong partnership in this unique memoir told in essays that share the secrets of their success, the joys and frustrations of intimate collaboration, and the lessons they’ve learned the hard way.
 
From a childhood spent wielding an oversized home video camera in the suburbs of New Orleans to their shared years at the University of Texas in early nineties Austin, and from the breakthrough short they made on a three-dollar budget to the night their feature film Baghead became the center of a Sundance bidding war, Mark and Jay tell the story of a bond that’s resilient, affectionate, mutually empowering, and only mildly dysfunctional. They are brutally honest about how their closeness sabotaged their youthful romantic relationships, about the jealousy each felt when the other stole the spotlight as an actor (Mark in The League, Jay in Transparent), and about the challenges they faced on the set of their HBO series, Togetherness—namely, too much togetherness.
 
But Like Brothers is also a surprisingly practical road map to a rewarding creative partnership. Rather than split all their responsibilities fifty-fifty, the brothers learned to capitalize on each other’s strengths. They’re not afraid to call each other out, because they’re also not afraid to compromise. Most relationships aren’t—and frankly shouldn’t—be as intense as Mark and Jay’s, but their brand of trust, validation, and healthy disagreement has taken them far.
 
Part coming-of-age memoir, part underdog story, and part insider account of succeeding in Hollywood on their own terms, Like Brothers is as openhearted and lovably offbeat as Mark and Jay themselves.

Advance praise for Like Brothers

“Wright. Ringling. Jonas. I’m sure you could name a bunch of famous brother teams. They’re all garbage compared to Mark and Jay. I can’t wait for you to read this book.”—From the Foreword by Mindy Kaling
 
“As creative partners, we sure learned a thing or two from Mark and Jay Duplass’ journey through the Hollywood machine. Like Brothers is an essential guide for making space for yourself in a world that doesn’t always encourage individuality and innovation. As useful to an aspiring filmmaker as it is to a pair of siblings wondering ‘How do we turn our connection into something great?,’ this book will be essential on your shelf.”—Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner
 
“The Duplass Brothers have a genius for conveying deep feeling without ever straying into sentimentality. Here they capture the often wonderful and occasionally terrible business of collaborating professionally with someone you love.”—John Green and Hank Green
 
“As a writing team and directing team, we love seeing two people who are more intelligent and articulate than us explore the dynamic that we don’t have the depth or self-reflectiveness to explore ourselves!”—Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg

“In my next life I’d like to come back as a Duplass Brother. But until then I’ll just enjoy their hilarious, insightful book.”—Judd Apatow
release date: Feb 04, 2014
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One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories
WITH SPECIAL APPEARANCES by Lena Dunham, Jenna Fischer, Mindy Kaling, Julianne Moore, Carey Mulligan, Katy Perry, Jason Schwartzman, Emma Thompson, and Rainn Wilson

B.J. Novak's One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories is an endlessly entertaining, surprisingly sensitive, and startlingly original debut that signals the arrival of a brilliant new voice in American fiction.

A boy wins a $100,000 prize in a box of Frosted Flakes—only to discover how claiming the winnings might unravel his family. A woman sets out to seduce motivational speaker Tony Robbins—turning for help to the famed motivator himself. A new arrival in Heaven, overwhelmed with options, procrastinates over a long-ago promise to visit his grandmother. We also meet Sophia, the first artificially intelligent being capable of love, who falls for a man who might not be ready for it himself; a vengeance-minded hare, obsessed with scoring a rematch against the tortoise who ruined his life; and post-college friends who try to figure out how to host an intervention in the era of Facebook.  Along the way, we learn why wearing a red T-shirt every day is the key to finding love, how February got its name, and why the stock market is sometimes just . . . down.

Finding inspiration in questions from the nature of perfection to the icing on carrot cake, One More Thing has at its heart the most human of phenomena: love, fear, hope, ambition, and the inner stirring for the one elusive element that might just make a person complete. Across a dazzling range of subjects, themes, tones, and narrative voices, the many pieces in this collection are like nothing else, but they have one thing in common: they share the playful humor, deep heart, sharp eye, inquisitive mind, and altogether electrifying spirit of a writer with a fierce devotion to the entertainment of the reader.
release date: Aug 14, 2020
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The New Yorker, Volume LXXXVII, No. 30, October 3, 2011 (Cover) "It's a Helluva Town" * Fiction “The House on Sand Creek” * Living in an Ikea World. *A Billionaire’s Scheme to Aid India’s Poor & Much More
COMMENT The Book on Barack Reading into the White House. by Hendrik Hertzberg THE TALK OF THE TOWN Do-Over Putting the Perry v. Schwarzenegger Proposition 8 fight onstage. by Michael Schulman New Kid Jacob Kassay, the art world's newest star. by Julie L. Belcove Significant Diana Taylor, Mayor Bloomberg's other half. by Rebecca Mead All Aboard Swimming Cities art collective sails the Ganges River. by Alec Wilkinson PROFILES The I.D. Man A billionaire's scheme to aid India's poor by Ian Parker L.A. POSTCARD Flick Chicks by Mindy Kaling the world of business Famous Names The science of branding. by John Colapinto ANNALS OF MEDICINE Personal Best Should everyone have a coach? by Atul Gawande A REPORTER AT LARGE House Perfect Living in an IKEA world. by Lauren Collins FICTION "The House on Sand Creek" by Thomas McGuane Q. & A.: Thomas McGuane discusses "The House on Sand Creek" with Deborah Treisman. ON TELEVISION "Pan Am," "The Playboy Club." by Nancy Franklin BOOKS Steven Pinker's theory of violence. by Elizabeth Kolbert Briefly Noted: "The Girl in the Polka-Dot Dress"; "Mice"; "The Influencing Machine"; "Can Intervention Work?" DANCING Paul McCartney's "Ocean's Kingdom." by Joan Acocella THE CURRENT CINEMA "Moneyball;" "50/50." by David Denby POEMS "Of an Age" by Carol Moldaw "Gender Bender " by Jennifer Michael Hecht "Seed" and the Classical Theatre of Harlem. by Hilton Als Vincente Minnelli's "The Band Wagon," at BAM. by Anthony Lane Explosions in the Sky, at the Wellmont Theatre. by Sasha Frere-Jones
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release date: Apr 07, 2017
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Matt & Ben
Matt & Ben depicts its Hollywood golden boys - before J-Lo, before Gwyneth, before Project Greenlight, before Oscar...before anyone actually gave a damn.
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release date: Aug 14, 2020
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Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) by Mindy Kaling (2012-09-18)
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