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The Perfect Page-Turners For Mindy Project Fans

Aug 18 2014 - 4:29pm

If you're anxiously awaiting the next season of The Mindy Project [1], which premieres on Tuesday, we have plenty of books to hold you over and help you get your fix. There's Mindy Kaling's book [2], of course, but beyond that, we've pulled together a collection of page-turners with themes, voices, and storylines similar to those found on the show. The titles come from a range of genres, including romantic fiction, funny essays, and memoirs written by people in Mindy's inner circle. Take a look at some can't-miss books for fans of The Mindy Project — plus 26 GIF-worthy times Danny Castellano made you swoon [3] like crazy!

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I Was Told There'd Be Cake

I Was Told There'd Be Cake [5] by Sloane Crosley is a witty, wry collection of essays about her life and experiences as a 20-something living in Manhattan.

The Marriage Plot

Back in 2011, Mindy Kaling shared her must reads [6], including The Marriage Plot [7] by Jeffrey Eugenides, the author of The Virgin Suicides and the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Middlesex. The novel circles around a love triangle among recent Brown grads in the 1980s. It's a coming-of-age story for postcollege intellectuals attempting to figure out life, love, and what adulthood really means.

One More Thing

Mindy Kaling's BFF B.J. Novak, a former writer for The Office, brings his musings to the page with One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories [8], a collection of witty, clever short stories that cover the trials of love, social media, and trying to succeed.

What Nora Knew

It's safe to say Dr. Mindy Lahiri would appreciate What Nora Knew [9] by Linda Yellin, a novel about a divorced writer who lives in NYC and is asked to write a piece about romance "in the style of Nora Ephron."

A California Childhood

Who could forget James Franco [10]'s awesome cameo on The Mindy Project? Get a glimpse into the actor's early life with his story- and picture-filled book A California Childhood [11].

The House of Mirth

In 2011, Mindy said [12] the classic book The House of Mirth [13] by Edith Wharton "changed [her] life." She said it "so describes the feeling of being trapped in a time of not wanting to get married but sort of having to, and having one chance out of it and the tragic side of that."


The description of Tina Fey [14]'s memoir, Bossypants [15], really seals the deal: "From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon — from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence."

Matt & Ben

Mindy Kaling and Brenda Withers's play Matt & Ben [16] — about, yes, Matt Damon [17] and Ben Affleck [18] — is what first put Mindy on the Hollywood map.

Me Talk Pretty One Day

Witty and charming as usual, humorist David Sedaris offers hilarious tales of learning French, embracing a new culture, and more in Me Talk Pretty One Day [19].

Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me

Nobody loves celebrities as much as Mindy's The Mindy Project character, and in Rachel Bertsche's Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me: The Pursuit of Happiness, One Celebrity at a Time [20], the author details her strange, hilarious quest to imitate her favorite Hollywood stars.

Bark: Stories

Lorrie Moore's collection Bark: Stories [21] features her signature wit, with eight sharp, insightful short stories about struggling characters who are moving through personal challenges.

Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea

Funny lady Chelsea Handler delivers a series of hilarious, autobiographical vignettes from her life in Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea [22].

The Art of Fielding

Mindy named [23] Chad Harbach's debut The Art of Fielding [24] among her favorite picks back in 2011. The book weaves together the complicated stories and relationships of five people, touching on everything from family to friendship to love.

A Visit From the Goon Squad

Jennifer Egan's Pulitzer Prize winner A Visit From the Goon Squad [25] plays with time and format, weaving together linked stories about compelling characters in the music industry. In it, Egan shifts between different points of view, touching on themes of nostalgia and the loss of innocence through classic short stories with a sharp, witty voice.

The Opposite of Loneliness

Marina Keegan's The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories [26] is a posthumous collection written by a 2012 Yale student who had a play set to be produced and a job waiting at The New Yorker when she died tragically in a car crash days after graduation. Following the viral success of her final essay for the Yale Daily News, "The Opposite of Loneliness," her essays and stories have been gathered into a collection.

High Fidelity

High Fidelity [27] by Nick Hornby is a classic book-turned-film about the romantic struggles of a London record-store owner.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

And last but not least, of course The Mindy Project fans will love Mindy Kaling's book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? And Other Concerns [28], which captures her spot-on sense of humor with stories about her childhood, her relationships, and her time in Hollywood.

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