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Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER"[Kaling is] like Tina Fey's cool little sister. Or perhaps . . . the next Nora Ephron."—The New York Times Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of...
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER"[Kaling is] like Tina Fey's cool little sister. Or perhaps . . . the next Nora Ephron."—The New York Times Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of...
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  • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
  • "[Kaling is] like Tina Fey's cool little sister. Or perhaps . . . the next Nora Ephron."—The New York Times

    Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence "Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I'll shut up about it?"

    Perhaps you want to know what Mindy thinks makes a great best friend (someone who will fill your prescription in the middle of the night), or what makes a great guy (one who is aware of all elderly people in any room at any time and acts accordingly), or what is the perfect amount of fame (so famous you can never get convicted of murder in a court of law), or how to maintain a trim figure (you will not find that information in these pages). If so, you've come to the right book, mostly!

    In Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Mindy invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood, with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls. Mindy Kaling really is just a Girl Next Door—not so much literally anywhere in the continental United States, but definitely if you live in India or Sri Lanka.

    Praise for Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

    "Where have you been all our lives, Mindy?"Glamour

    "Who wouldn't want to hang out with Mindy Kaling? . . . [Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?] is like a mash note to comedy nerds."Time Out New York

    "Very funny."Boston Globe

    "Like listening to a likably gabby friend chatter happily over generously poured glasses of red wine."Washington Post

    "[Kaling's] comedic chops certainly shine throughout the book—as if we need more proof of her talent."HuffPost

    "Kaling doles out neurotic charm and hilarious every-woman musings."Elle

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    Chubby for LifeI don't remember a time when I wasn't chubby. Like being Indian, being chubby feels like it is just part of my permanent deal. I remember being in first grade, in Mrs. Gilmore's class at Fiske Elementary School, and seeing that Ashley Kemp, the most popular girl in our class, weighed only thirty-seven pounds. We knew this because we weighed her on the industrial postal scale they kept in the teacher's supply closet. I was so envious. I snuck into the supply closet later that same day to weigh myself. I was a whopping sixty-eight pounds.

    Some of the first math I understood was that I was closer to twice Ashley's weight than to her weight.

    "Don't be closer to twice a friend's weight than to her actual weight," I told myself. This little mantra has helped me stave off obesity for more than two decades.

    My mom's a doctor, but because she came from India and then Africa, where childhood obesity was not a problem, she put no premium on having skinny kids. In fact, she and my dad didn't mind having a chubby daughter. Part of me wonders if it even made them feel a little prosperous, like Have you seen our overweight Indian child? Do you know how statistically rare this is? It will then not come as a surprise to you that I've never been thin in my life--except the day I was born, when I was six pounds.

    It's a small point of pride that I was a six-pound baby, because from my limited understanding of baby weights, that's on the skinnier side. I flaunt my low baby weight the way really obese people must flaunt their dainty, small feet. It's my sole claim to skinny fame.

    As you can see, from then on, however, it was full-speed-ahead food paradise! In grade school, I would vacillate along the spectrum from chubby to full-on fat until I was about fourteen. Being overweight is so common in America and comes in so many forms that you can't just call someone "fat" and have the reasonable expectation anyone will understand you. Here's the breakdown:

    Chubby: A regular-size person who could lose a few, for whom you feel affection.

    Chubster: An overweight, adorable child. That kid from Two and a Half Men for the first couple of years.

    Fatso: An antiquated term, really. In the 1970s, mean sorority girls would call a pledge this. Probably most often used on people who aren't even really fat, but who fear being fat.

    Fatass: Not usually used to describe weight, actually. This deceptive term is more a reflection of one's laziness. In the writers' room of The Office, an upper-level writer might get impatient and yell, "Eric, take your fat ass and those six fatasses and go write this B-story! I don't want to hear any more excuses why the plot doesn't make sense!"

    Jabba the Hutt: Star Wars villain. Also, something you can call yourself after a particularly filling Thanksgiving dinner that your aunts and uncles will all laugh really hard at.

    Obese: A serious, nonpejorative way to describe someone who is unhealthily overweight.

    Obeseotron: A nickname you give to someone you adore who has just stepped on your foot accidentally, and it hurts. Alternatively, a fat robot.

    Overweight: When someone is roughly thirty pounds too heavy for his or her frame.

    Pudgy: See "Chubby."

    Pudgo: See "Chubster."

    Tub o' Lard: A huge compliment given by Depression-era people to other, less skinny people.

    Whale: A really, really mean way that teen boys target teen girls. See the following anecdote.

    Duante Diallo

    There have been two times in my life--ages fourteen and nineteen--when I lost a ton of weight over a short period of time. At fourteen, I lost the weight because of Duante...

About the Author-

  • Mindy Kaling is an Emmy-nominated writer and actress on NBC's The Office. She is also the creator and star of FOX's The Mindy Project. You can find her on Twitter, or at her desk pretending to be writing a screenplay but actually online shopping with a memorized credit card number. She resides in Los Angeles. Her billing zip code is 90067

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    February 27, 2012
    In this audio edition of her memoir, Kaling charts the course of her varied life, while offering often hilarious, sometimes poignant tips and words of wisdom mined from her childhood and adult life. Through a series of essays, lists, and anecdotes, Kaling recalls her childhood in Cambridge, Mass.—complete with girl clique dates to the Cheesecake Factory—moving to New York City, her eventual relocation to Los Angeles, and her current job writing for and acting on NBC’s The Office. Kaling’s narration is conversational, entertaining, bubbly, and spirited—and reminiscent of Kelly Kapoor, her character on The Office—and the result is a short but very enjoyable listen. Kaling’s fresh humor, one-liners, and analogies (e.g., “We clung to each other with blind loyalty like Lord Voldemort and his snake Nagini. I of course was Nagini”) make this audio worth listening to a second time and sharing with friends. A Crown Archetype hardcover.

  • The New York Times "She's like Tina Fey's cool little sister. Or perhaps... the next Nora Ephron."
  • The New Yorker "The fashion opinions of Kelly Kapoor mixed with a Miss Manners-esque advice column."
  • Nylon "If you love Kelly and think the three minutes or so allotted her on episodes of The Office are too few, you can take home Mindy."
  • Ladies Home Journal "Is anyone else kind of sold on the genius title alone?"

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