I can’t tell you the exact moment I declared Mindy Kaling my role model—maybe it was when I learned she penned some of my favorite episodes of “The Office,” or when I crowned her my personal fashion idol, or perhaps it was when her “The Mindy Project” character, Mindy Lahiri, hung a “Wreath Witherspoon” on her door and inspired DIY projects across the blogosphere. But I can tell you for certain my love for Mindy Kaling was solidified when I learned she loves books as much as I do. Here are some of her—and our—favorites.
Adelle Waldman’s witty debut is one of Kaling’s all-time favorites. Nate Piven is a rising star who has to balance both magazine assignments and women. With tough-minded intelligence and wry good humor THE LOVE AFFAIRS OF NATHANIEL P. is an absorbing look at what one man really thinks about women, sex, and love.
Seeking full immersion into the Italian language and culture, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Jhumpa Lahiri decides to move to Rome with her family for “a sort of baptism” into a new world. IN OTHER WORDS at its heart is a love story of a long and sometimes difficult courtship, and a passion that verges on obsession. Mindy dubbed this read a “literary mic drop.”
Mindy Kaling’s squad is filled with other notable authors, including her best friend (and future coauthor) B.J. Novak. His wildly funny children’s book is literally a book with no pictures. But filled with words like “BLUURF” and “BLAGGITY BLAGGITY,” it’s no wonder this irresistibly silly book is such a hit with the kids.
If you’re interested in modeling your fridge after the culinary elite, INSIDE CHEFS’ FRIDGES brings the heavenly cuisine of forty of Europe’s top chefs back down to earth. This book is an inspiring and accessible collection of exclusive insider secrets in which culinary genius meets domestic reality.
Actress Anjelica Huston chronicles her eventful Hollywood years, including falling in love with Jack Nicholson and her adventurous, turbulent relationship with him and his intoxicating friends. In her New York Times “By the Book” interview, Kaling names it as one of the books on her nightstand.
When Kaling was growing up, Jane Austen was one of her favorite authors. This classic follows Emma Woodhouse, a financially independent woman who does not consider marriage for herself but finds amusement in playing matchmaker with the lives of others. Sounds like the makings of a “The Mindy Project” episode to me!
Mindy Kaling once said she’d want Michael Lewis to write her life story. THE BLIND SIDE tells the extraordinary true story of Michael Oher, who is plucked out of an unstable living situation and embraced by an evangelical Republican family. Their love is the first great force that alters the world’s perception of the boy, who went on to be among the most highly paid athletes in the NFL.