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Publisher's Summary

2021 Audie Award Nominee for Best Humor Audiobook

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? 

Includes Bonus Content

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

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

What the critics say

“Mindy Kaling narrates her latest volume of quirky, sarcastic, hilarious essays on being a 40-something mother in Hollywood. She is everything fans of her television shows, such as The Office and The Mindy Project, have come to expect—lively, upbeat, and irreverent. The overall effect is that listeners feel they are in the room with Kaling as she is semi-ranting over coffee—or something stronger. She races through a diverse array of topics—from contemplating her Hindu spiritual origins and picking up expensive dinner tabs to turning 40. Kaling is unflinching in sharing the intimate details of her life. Listeners will laugh throughout these humorous reflections. Kaling delivers what have come to be her trademarks in this recent installment.” - Audiofile Magazine

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relatable

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Mindy's short essay's give us a look into her life a little more. She shares some important things we should all think about.

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I feel happy about myself as I read Mindy Kaling

There’s something about seeing yourself in someone else’s writing. I find myself laughing while I walk and listen to Mindy Kaling read her essays. It’s not the celebrity aspects that connect most with me, it’s her reactions to them that I identify with.

As a man of South-Asian heritage she is an idol for me. It’s always a pleasure reading her writings.

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good for long drives

imagine being inside someone's head and then realizing it's a lot like your head. it's an easy peasy listening for long drives to keep you stimulated just enough to stay awake but not so deep that you can't focus on the road.

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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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  • Diana
  • 2020-10-14

Lost her spark

It’s boring. She’s missed her mark since The Mindy Project. It’s also a low blow to degrade the Hillsong church. I would never degrade her Hindu faith, and it’s another example of a celebrity portraying Christian faith is assuming closed mindedness of their followers.

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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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  • 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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  • Polly
  • 2021-06-05

simple yet entertaining and genuine :)

I've purchased all of Mindy's other books ... and at first I thought this one wouldn't be good when I started it. But, then I continued listening in and I was pleasantly entertained as always! she's so honest, genuine and always her true self--it's refreshing. As always, her VO for the book was a five star performance (just like her acting). :)

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  • Joohyun Park
  • 2021-06-05

Not worth a credit

I did enjoy it and it was fun to listen to but it's way too short to spend a credit for.

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  • Kathi Davis
  • 2021-08-01

Love her sense of humor

A lighthearted listen by one of America’s favorite funny girl’s! Mindy takes everyday life and shares her observations and place you right in the story. And yes, I’d love to be her best friend and am okay with not leaving my house, watching Netflix and drinking a Rosé!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-07-28

yes i love mindy kaling

now i love her more! she's (like always) great at words and also great at story telling! it was a pleasure to listen.

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  • FamerJohn
  • 2021-07-13

Mindy always delivers great comedy with humility

It’s a treat to listen to Listen to Mindy’s books and hear the interesting stories she has to tell. She is a great comedian and writer.