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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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  • Jen Kious
  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Taz Ahmed
  • 19-11-20

entertained

I was entertaining and loved that she dug into her Desi side for these stories.

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  • Jennie @TheBookishDachshund
  • 18-11-20

Mindy Kaling is so relatable...

I loved this, Mindy is so relatable and funny. I could listen to her all day.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-11-20

some levity

some levity and humor...no politics or pandemic. enjoyed listening to the essays. hopefully mindy will write a sequel

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  • Amelicia
  • 08-11-20

Pretty good

Would buy again, My pdf didn’t work and it felt like the story’s were a bit random I wish it was longer but It was funny relatable and felt real, would recommend (even though I liked her other books better)

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  • Ann
  • 05-11-20

Waaaaayyyyy tooooooooo short!

I loved it and wanted it to keep going, and going, and going. Mindy, you and Tina Fey are my secret best friends. Just kidding. I know you think that's weird so you can be my REAL bff.