Take a look at Mindy Kaling's new book cover for 'Is Everyone Hanging Out without Me?'


My excitement over Tina Fey’s Bossypants waned ever so slightly when I saw the bizarre, man-armed book cover, only to pick up with the release of two brilliantly funny excerpts in The New Yorker. Even though we haven’t read any chapters yet, the newly unveiled cover of Office writer¬†Mindy Kaling’s book of humor essays Is Everyone Hanging Out without Me? (And Other Concerns) seems to be more in line with what we know and love about the author. Leaning against some grandmotherly floral designs, Kaling evokes a wallflower, quite literally, awkwardly surviving and observing a junior high birthday party. Judging from her popular Twitter feed and the working title of her upcoming film The Low Self-Esteem of Lizzie Gillespie, Kaling is becoming the sardonic yet sweet voice of the formerly insecure girl. I also love the new title (it used to be The Contents of My Purse)–it’s a question we ask ourselves constantly in adolescence, and, let’s face it, well into adulthood.

Like Fey, Kaling promises a lot of bossiness in her new book–she told Movieline, “It’s basically a book of all my bossy opinions.” Some of the essay titles function as straightforward advice, including “Don’t Peak in High School” and “The 20 Things You Need to Do If You’re a Guy.”

What do you think of the book cover: adorable or juvenile? Come November, will you be reading Is Everyone Hanging Out without Me?

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  • Caryn

    adorable – would def. read this

    • C Men

      … and hit that.

  • Ziggy

    I just recently started watching the office and Kaling is a breath of fresh air. I didn’t know she wrote for the show too. She also gave a brief interview in a recent O (Oprah Magazine) and she was hilarious and genuine. I really look forward to reading this book. The look on her face in this cover is so cute and unassuming.

  • Alison

    Will definitely be reading this book, along with Tina’s.

  • erin

    Can’t wait to read this! Love her.

  • bob

    she looks really cute there

  • Anjali

    Adorable. Hope she puts it out on audio too.

  • MegsNashville

    Will definitely read this. What a refreshing thing to see a young successful woman that’s also genuine, self-deprecating and funny!

  • saraS

    I am definitely buying this, I love her. She’s so funny. Even my boyfriend thinks so, and he only follows male comedians on Twitter.

  • Marcus

    I rarely buy celebrity books, but I’m for sure going to pick this one up. Her Twitter is my favorite celebrity account.

  • Chism

    I think I am more excited for this than Tina Fey’s book. Mindy is extremely witty in a smart and clever way!

  • Steph

    Love the cover. It’s so HER! I also love her tweets. Her lighthearted smart sense of humor gives me a lift during the day.

  • Sharona

    Will definitely be reading this! Based off her twitter feed, she’s like the funny best friend we all want

  • Lucky_Lindy

    Am eagerly awaiting Mindy’s book. This cover is great, but it feels like a big tease. I want to read it now!

  • annie

    could not BE more jazzed about Mindy’s book. She’s just the greatest and so much of what I aspire to me. Not being a cornhead, she really is!

  • yera

    adorable. she looks incredibly pretty. can’t wait to get this.

    • Audel

      I’m impressed! You’ve managed the almost ispmosible.

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