Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

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.

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  • Megan

    Hi everyone,

    The book I referred to today about the girl whose phone only allows her to call her younger 13 year old self is Gimme a Call by Sarah Mlynowski. Every time she tries to change the past by talking with her former self, she has to live with the consequences, or change it back. It's a young adult book and there is a bit of teenage angst (for comic effect), but overall, it's pretty entertaining and has a great premise if nothing else. I had a great time today! Lots of fun discussion, even if the book itself didn't have a lot of talkable points!

    3 · September 22

  • Sean-Allen Parfitt

    It's my birthday, and my boyfriend is planning something. Maybe next month!

    September 20

    • Sarah

      Happy Birthday!!!

      1 · September 22

    • Sean-Allen Parfitt

      Thank you, Sarah! Y'all have a good discussion today. :-)

      September 22

  • Krystina

    Got some last minute out of town visitors! Sorry I can't make it, but looking forward to next month!

    September 21

  • Jen N

    Just joined the group and didn't think I'd make it to this one but I picked up the book yesterday and I'm over halfway through it already. Fun read. Looking forward to meeting you all!

    September 20

  • Britt

    Hope this isn't too "estrogen-y" for the dudes in the group. I think I helped instigate this selection and am now worried...

    September 16

    • Sarah

      I _think_ it's better because it's humor. It does lean a bit close to the line, though :-)

      September 16

    • Sarah Lj

      I'll just dress like a Lumberjack for the meetup and that will balance it all out.

      2 · September 16

  • Aaron Treiber

    gah! sorry - heh. Just for the title I'm going to dive in and try the book out, but I'm not going to make it for the meetup - the only Theros prerelease I have time for is on Sunday.

    September 16

  • Karen

    I have to go down to NJ; I'm not sure if I'll be back in time.

    September 16

  • Sarah Lj

    For a future non-fiction book "The Bucolic Plague" might be an interesting read. It's about the Beekman Boys (they have a TV show, a couple of cookbooks, and they won the Amazing Race recently) and how they went from being two city boys to rural goat farmers. We could also top it off with a field trip to Sharon Springs during their Garden Fest or Harvest Fest if anyone would be down. Obviously this Harvest Fest would be too short notice, but I'm tossing it out there for the future.

    2 · August 25

  • Megan

    I won't be able to come. I'm so disappointed! The book was hilarious!

    September 10

  • Holly

    Loving the book!

    September 1

  • Karen

    Maybe Coming Clean by Kimberly Rae Miller? It was quite readable--I wasn't that impressed by the first couple of chapters, but couldn't put it down by Chapter 4 and stayed up most of the night to finish it. More importantly, it's very discussable.

    August 14

    • Sarah

      Sean, most of the past books are listed here: http://www.goodreads....­

      1 · August 30

    • Megan

      Thanks, Sarah! I'm new too, and that was very helpful!

      August 30

  • Alice

    If we want to continue the sociopath trend, a good book for a fiction month may be I Am Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells. It's a YA-ish book about a teenager in a small town who keeps his murderous impulses in check with three rules. Then there's a grisly murder, and he may have to break all three to find the killer, who isn't human. It's the first book in a trilogy, but it wraps up nicely, and it's an easy read.

    1 · August 27

    • Alisha Bouchard

      this one does sound interesting. :) If you come to the next meet up you should suggest it as the next book for the fiction category! :)

      August 29

    • Sarah

      This is on my to-read list as well... I think I just picked it up at a book sale but I can't remember! I'll have to double-check and skim through it.

      August 30

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