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Nothing Like I Imagined

(Except for Sometimes)
Written by: Mindy Kaling
Narrated by: Mindy Kaling
Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
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In these fresh and hilarious personal essays, Mindy Kaling gives the inside scoop on her new role as single mom, the perks of being her own husband, and how she deals with social anxiety even at the most glamorous A-list parties. In between, the beloved actress, writer, and Hollywood power-bruncher gets Kanye West’d at her best friend’s birthday, thwarts an “only in LA” crime, and learns what it means to have it all.

Kind of Hindu
What if only kind of knowing your family’s heritage is actually kind of lame? For Mindy, the search for an answer begins with an edible arrangement of chocolate strawberries and a Hindu priest.

Please Like Me (But Keep Away)
Freaked out by her fortieth birthday, Mindy reflects on the importance of good friends--and the mortifying obligations it takes to keep them.

Help Is on the Way
When a friend real-talks Mindy into hiring a baby nurse, she finds the help she needs--and so much more--in this soulful essay by the acclaimed writer, actress, producer, and director.

Searching for Coach Taylor
A totally relatable essay on showing up to adult life alone. Pros? Mindy can marathon any Christine Baranski show she wants. Cons? Dealing with married couples and their condescension at cocktail parties.

Once Upon a Time in Silver Lake
All Mindy wants is a night out… But what does the scary stranger in the driver’s seat of her ride want? Find out in a nerve-wracking mini-drama by the New York Times bestselling author of Why Not Me?

Big Shot
Is $2,000 a lot to drop on someone else’s dinner, just to be a Big Shot? Hell yeah! But what if nobody notices that you--one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World”--picked up the tab? 

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©2020 Mindy Kaling (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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loved it!

These essays were amazing. I missed hearing Mindy's wonderful creativity and am so glad she decided to write these essays.

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  • Jen Kious
  • 2020-10-12

Mindy is wonderful

This was wonderful, just like all her other books. My only complaint is that it doesn’t seem fair that they charge you a full credit for this collection, which is only 2 hours, instead of a normal book which is 5-10 hrs! But I still bought it because I love Mindy, so I guess the joke’s on me.

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  • thiswillhurt86
  • 2020-10-12

Delightful and quintessential Mindy

Mindy is just a delight. Truthful and honest, I enjoy her stories and her performance. Great easy read.

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  • Priti
  • 2020-10-11

Witty as always but with a new perspective

Miss Kaling does a beautiful job of tying comedy into discussions of the most poignant moments of life - motherhood and realizing the loss of a beloved parent. She writes with the same grace as we’ve come to expect from anything she writes, be it a memoir, a television show, or a movie, but this time, ”Nothing Like I Imagined” revels a leek of introspection and self-love infused with a deep honesty and vulnerability that I’ve been waiting to see from Mindy. It’s hilarious and deeply comforting. I highly recommend this reading experience.

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  • Erica Mendes
  • 2020-10-09

Mindy Kaling is back and just as excellent

My only complaint is that I wish it was at least twice as long as it is. Here’s hoping she writes another collection soon!

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  • S. DHARIA
  • 2020-10-26

Enjoyable and relatable

This collection was a very enjoyable listening experience. I laughed at times and found myself nodding my head in agreement many times. I also love the personal insight into Mindy's life and like she said at the end, yes, I'm obsessed! I look forward to more from her!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-10-24

Interesting

Her book was relatable, honest & comical :) I just wish it was a little longer, because I really did enjoy it!! I want to be her friend in real life lol

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  • Beth Reynolds
  • 2020-10-22

Fun listen

Really fun listen. Feels like you're hanging out with your pal Mindy ... which you will quickly learn is solely your desire not hers.

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  • Natashadarling
  • 2020-10-21

Mindy is as adorable as ever ❤️

these were great entertaining stories and I listened from start to finish without stopping. not something I normally do!

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  • Piggy
  • 2020-10-20

Vulnerable and relatable

I love reading about celebs who are ‘just like us.’ And as another person who literally, legitimately (no, seriously) doesn’t feel like leaving the house and going to parties ever, I feel seen. As a person in an interfaith marriage (me: Loosely Catholic and him: atheist Muslim) I’ve always been fascinated by the question of how to determine what to pass down to your kids, faith-wise. I don’t go to church, but I appreciate having the comfort and familiarity of the church if I need it. But how to teach something you’re not fully part of? Mindy didn’t really answer this question for me, but it made me feel relieved to hear others experiencing the same internal crisis. Love you Mindy!

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  • Nina Anne
  • 2020-10-18

Delightful, fun, and 100% worth the credit

Love it! Funny, light-hearted, and a total fun for the entire length! Fabulous book!