Book Shelf: Mindy Kaling’s “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?”

In our spirit of “self-awareness” this month, we wanted to bring to you Mindy Kaling. Actress, screenwriter, and now author, Kaling infuses her works with comedic reflections on her own life. Her novel Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me is another avenue for Kaling to remind women everywhere that it is always OK to laugh at yourself.

Filled with the humor Kaling exudes in her television shows “The Mindy Project” and “The Office,” Kaling does not hold back in her endeavors as a novelist. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? gives readers a look into the life of this Sri Lankan transplant and the lessons she learned growing up in a house with strict, professional parents and developing a career in the world of show business.

Funny and at the same time humble, Kaling brings to light the realities behind success. She highlights her own issues with self-esteem, insecurities with men, and even shop-a-holic tendencies. With each chapter dedicated to a nuanced piece of Mindy’s life, she relays witty yet poignant words of wisdom, teaching women on how to master life-complicating topics, from best friends to boyfriends to dealing with a not-so-great boss. She even provides tips on how to handle crying in public, because lets face it, this has happened to all of us at least one time or another. Kaling’s novel brings laughter to the subtle realities women face everyday, and for that we love her.

While Tina Fey taught us it’s OK to be bossy, Mindy Kaling reminds us it is OK to be comfortable in our own skin. So pick up Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? this month and get ready to laugh, cry, and laugh again as you are reminded that life is inevitably an emotional rollercoaster; buckle up and enjoy the ride.

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