Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling; 2015
To begin, I think Mindy is incredible, amazing, and very inspirational. She has accomplished SO MUCH and she has worked extremely hard for everything that she has achieved. I felt so-so about Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me?, but I genuinely loved Why Not Me? Her second book is a lot more honest and insightful than its predecessor. It also made me laugh out loud many more times. Why Not Me? is another collection of personal essays held together by the larger theme that Mindy’s life has change a lot in the past three years now that she has her own TV show. She writes a lot about work and being in the writer’s room, which I enjoyed and appreciated. She also talks frankly about friendships, dating, being in the public eye, her body image, and her sense of self. Apart from that, my favorite essay was the romantic comedy/alternate history to her own life which is hysterical and also just a really good piece of writing that makes me wish she’ll write fiction.
My favorite piece of wisdom was this little bit near the end, when Mindy calls out undeserved confidence: “Confidence is just entitlement…simply the belieg that you deserve something. Which is great. The hard part is, you’d better make sure you deserve it…Work hard, know your shit, show your shit, and then feel entitled.” Preach, girlfriend.