Good Reads
2:37 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Staff Pick from Calloway Co. Library: 'Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?'

Looking for a good book to read, but not sure where to start? Make a visit to your public library! Here's the first in our series of recommended reads from the staff at the Calloway County Public Library, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling, reviewed and read by Emily Robertson. 

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In Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Mindy gives her readers a hilarious inside look at her life and shares her thoughts  on romance, friendship, and Hollywood. The book is broken up into a series of conversational essays much like author’s David Sedaris.  These essays are compiled into the book’s different sections that span her life: "I Forget Nothing: A Sensitive Kid Looks Back" (on her childhood), "I Love New York and It Likes Me Okay" (her move to NY and attempts to break into writing), "Hollywood: My Good Friend Who Is Also A Little Embarrassing" (her time on The Office), "The Best Distraction In The World: Romance and Guys" (obvious), "My Appearance: The Fun and the Really Not Fun" (her style and look), and "My All-Important Legacy" (her planned funeral, and what kind of stories she will leave behind).

Kaling’s writing is attention grabbing and quick. The stories are never too long, and give you just enough detail to feel satisfied. What I liked most about her book is how with every funny account, she shows so much heart in her writing. You can really tell Kaling truly loves her job. This joy proves to be even more poignant since she didn't break into the industry easy, and reading about her progression was inspiring. Those wanting a wonderful read will not be disappointed and when finished will feel like they have made a new friend and will definitely have something they will want to read again and again. 

Staff Picks from the Calloway County Public Library is an ongoing series on WKMS. Hear more staff picks on Sounds Good, and read them online at

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