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

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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?

Originally posted March 21 2011 — 3:26 PM EDT

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