Why Not Me?

By: Mindy Kaling

Published September 15th 2015 by Crown Archetype

Category: Business

Pages: 228 pages

ISBN: 9780804138147

In Why Not Me?, Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether itÕs falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification whatsoever, or most important, believing that you have a place in Hollywood when youÕre constantly reminded that no one looks like you.

In ÒHow to Look Spectacular: A StarletÕs Confessions,Ó Kaling gives her tongue-in-cheek secrets for surefire on-camera beauty, (ÒYour natural hair color may be appropriate for your skin tone, but this isnÕt the land of appropriateÐthis is Hollywood, baby. Out here, a dark-skinned womanÕs traditional hair color is honey blonde.Ó) ÒPlayerÓ tells the story of Kaling being seduced and dumped by a female friend in L.A. (ÒI had been replaced by a younger model. And now they had matching bangs.Ó) In ÒUnlikely Leading Lady,Ó she muses on AmericaÕs fixation with the weight of actresses, (ÒMost women we see onscreen are either so thin that theyÕre walking clavicles or so huge that their only scenes involve them breaking furniture.Ó) And in ÒSoup Snakes,Ó Kaling spills some secrets on her relationship with her ex-boyfriend and close friend, B.J. Novak (ÒI will freely admit: my relationship with B.J. Novak is weird as hell.Ó)

Mindy turns the anxieties, the glamour, and the celebrations of her second coming-of-age into a laugh-out-loud funny collection of essays that anyone whoÕs ever been at a turning point in their life or career can relate to. And those whoÕve never been at a turning point can skip to the parts where she talks about meeting Bradley Cooper.