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Stories told by comedians and a plastic surgeon that should have been one — NWAW’s monthly must-reads

Here are my latest book recommendations for the Northwest Asian Weekly:

“Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)”
By Mindy Kaling
Crown Archetype, 2011

Before she became known as the self-involved, boy-crazy Kelly Kapoor on “The Office,” she was Mindy Kaling, a girl from Cambridge, Mass., with a love for comedy. Growing up, she was a bit on the chubby side, the furthest thing from an athlete. It took her a while to realize what true friendship meant.

In “Hanging Out,” Kaling shares the story of how she went from an admittedly asexual-looking kid to one of People magazine’s Most Beautiful People in 2011. We learn — among other things — about her time performing off-Broadway as a Ben Affleck impersonator, her take on romantic comedies, her views on dating, marriage, and relationships, and what the set of “The Office” is really like. Kaling also shares her views on proper karaoke etiquette, best friend responsibilities and rights, and the differences between men and boys. She even leaves detailed instructions on how she wants her funeral.

What I loved about “Hanging Out” was not just the stories Kaling shares about her life and career, but also that she shares the more painful moments she has experienced. Kaling reflects on them in a matter-of-fact way that shows she’s not afraid to laugh at herself. This makes her relatable to the readers.

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