Mindy Kaling, a.k.a. Kelly on that show that used to have Steve Carell, is taking a cue from fellow NBC funnywoman Tina Fey with her upcoming book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? A 27-page excerpt has been made available online by the publisher, Crown, for anyone who wishes to read it, and from the looks of it, ISHOWM? will be, like Fey’s bestselling Bossypants, a collection of short, humorous essays.
Well, essays might be the wrong word. The pieces available in the excerpt really aren’t all that much more than extended Twitter musings, on topics like eating cupcakes, things that make her cry, and “why do men put on shoes really slowly?” I don’t know about the tone of the rest the book, but a lot of it sounds like the fashion opinions of Kelly Kapoor mixed with a Miss Manners-esque advice column. For example, here are two entries in her list of things men should do: “Own several pairs of dark wash straight-leg jeans. Don’t get bootcut, don’t get skinny, just a nice pair of Levis without any embellishments on the pockets. No embellishments anywhere. At all. Nothing. Oh my God.” And: “Wait until all the women have gotten on or off an elevator before you get on or off. Look, I’m not some chivalry nut or anything, but this small act of politeness is very visual and memorable.”
It’s cute, but not anywhere as funny as one would expect from a writer on The Office. But don’t take my word for it, check it out for yourself. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? is set to release in November.