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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.

Critic reviews

“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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Great laughs with Mindy

Above all else, Mindy is an excellent storyteller. I really enjoyed listening to her stories and only wish she had her own podcast with BJ!!

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Hugely entertaining, especially if you're a Mindy fan! I listened all in one go and loved hearing all of Mindy's stories and anecdotes. I've listened to all of her books so far and hope she writes more. Such an inspiration to me. Oh, and as my review's headline suggests, dying to know who the mysterious Max David is.

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  • 12-10-20

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
  • 14-10-20

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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  • Priti
  • 11-10-20

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
  • 09-10-20

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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  • Joohyun Park
  • 05-06-21

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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  • thiswillhurt86
  • 12-10-20

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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  • Polly
  • 05-06-21

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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  • Rocky Sunico
  • 27-09-21

Bite-Sized Mindy Kaling Gems

I've enjoyed the audiobook versions of Mindy Kaling's other books, so picking this one up was an easy decision. And it turned out to be a delightful collection of shorter pieces, so essentially a collection of her essays. It's more of her distinct Mindy Kaling wit and charm that also makes her even more relatable and endearing.

I loved, love, loved this little collection. Totally worth it.

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  • Julia
  • 29-08-21

Mindy always a treat! Here's to the next book!!!

I absolutely loved this book! it was amazing I love all her books and shows!

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  • Kathi Davis
  • 01-08-21

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!