Tina Fey. Emma Stone. Mindy Kaling.
These are three of my favorite funny women ever, and they’ve all written amazing books. Well, Emma hasn’t written a book. But if she decides to, we all know it’d earn an easy A+ for being incredibly superRAD. Somebody stop me.
By now, hopefully you’ve had the chance to check out Tina’s book, Bossypants, which chronicles her humble beginnings as a theater geek through her success as 30 Rock’s lovable Liz Lemon. Then last week, Mindy Kaling’s long-anticipated essay collection, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), hit shelves. Having read an excerpt back in May, I already knew I needed to add it to my collection, and I don’t regret it.
You probably know Mindy best from The Office. She plays the overly dramatic, slightly narcissistic, celebrity obsessed, baby craving Kelly Kapoor, and she plays her well. So well that Mindy spends a portion of her book trying to convince readers that she is not, in fact, Kelly Kapoor in real life. At least not entirely. It’s true that Mindy, like Kelly, memorizes her credit card numbers to facilitate her online shopping habits. But Mindy, unlike Kelly, would never text in the shower. No, Figs, an airhead Mindy Kaling is not—she’s a Dartmouth graduate.
And a double threat: Mindy doesn’t just act on The Office—she writes for it, too. Remember that classic season 2 episode “The Dundies?” That episode was Mindy’s doing, and it was done right. Fans got the Jim-and-Pam kiss that they’d been waiting for, plus the satisfaction of watching boss Michael Scott totally embarrass himself and every last member of his staff during the office’s annual awards dinner.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? is a quick read because it’s too hilarious to put down. In a chapter that I can most definitely relate to, Mindy discusses her total lack of athletic ability. She muses: “In psychology (okay, Twilight) they teach you about the notion of imprinting, and I think it applies here. I reverse-imprinted with athleticism.” Mindy also touches on the absurdity of female characters in romantic comedies (despite her weakness for the rom-com archetype), karaoke etiquette (she’s obsessed—she received a professional karaoke machine as a graduation gift), and the importance of having weird friends (here, here). Mindy also hilariously informs readers that she’d like to rewrite and star in a Ghostbusters remake (with an all-female cast)–and she calls dibs on saying “I ain’t afraid a no ghost.”
So let’s hear it for queens of comedy! Ladies of laughter! Girls of . . . guffaws! From our TV sets to our bookshelves, we hope they’ll keep us rofl-ing forever and ever. And seriously, Emma Stone—if you want to try your hand at writing a book, too, I’d be more than happy to fall in love with it and adopt it as my life’s handbook.