Why Not Me?

  • by Mindy Kaling
  • Narrated by Mindy Kaling, Greg Daniels, B. J. Novak
  • 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the author of the beloved New York Times best-selling 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 "Player" tells the story of Kaling being seduced and dumped by a female friend in LA ("I had been replaced by a younger model.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.


What the Critics Say

"Pithy, sarcastic, and full of irony, Mindy Kaling is the only logical choice to narrate her second volume of essays.... Reading in a jaunty, conversational tone, the star of the popular television show 'The Mindy Project' will have listeners chuckling at her commentary...." (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Obsessed Mindy long time Fan…. Disappointed

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If it had as much heart as her first book. Seemed to have a lot of filler. If your are a real Mindy fan you've already heard her say a lot of this stuff in interviews.

What could Mindy Kaling have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Warning minor spoilers:

Two particular parts of this book left me disappointed in my long time hero. 1.Hearing her casually mention that she drank a few mini celebratory Jose Cuervos that she keeps in her car….then drove. 2.She mentioned that she yelled at her assistant. I hated that. Made me question every positive thought I have ever had about her… and I am seeing her do a talk in LA soon. Not looking forward to it as much now.

Any additional comments?

I know she is human, and I appreciate that she gave an honest picture of herself to us. I will still be a fan, but I'm taking her off the pedestal I had her on.

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- anna

Sweet, sassy, and yes-poignant

Any additional comments?

I'm fairly certain Mindy Kaling could read a grocery list, and it would be hysterical. Indeed, she might have done that in this book, but I don't want to spoil it for you. And Kaling isn't just funny. Her dry humor has a sweetness and poignancy to it that makes it memorable. Thanks for another great book.

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- Leanna "I love to read, but I am time-limited. Audible allows me to keep up with all my favorite authors while on the hiking trail. Thanks, Audible!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-15-2015
  • Publisher: Random House Audio