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Publisher's Summary

Is almost $2,000 a lot to drop on someone else’s dinner, just to be a big shot? Hell yeah! But what if nobody notices that you--one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” in the world--picked up the tab?

In this meditation on celebrity, power, and a simple thank-you, Mindy Kaling takes the next charmed step in her path from Conan intern to mogul: picking up the entire tab for a famous A-lister. It’s an investment, right? He’ll be blown away by her class. They’ll be best friends forever. Forty thankless seconds later, who wouldn’t spiral into self-doubt, second-guessing, over-rationalizing, and anxious obsession?

Plus, bonus content! An up-close-and-personal look at what Mindy does all day, including “executive producing” and gift wrapping.

From the acclaimed writer, actor, director, producer, and New York Times bestselling author comes Nothing Like I Imagined. In these essays, Mindy Kaling shares the latest chapters of a multitasking life in Hollywood. Listen to them in a single sitting. They’re pitch-perfect.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Mindy Kaling (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Gaby Mtz
  • 19-02-21

Good story to share

This one I really liked it, it was funny and entertained, but I really want to know who is the A list actor she is referring to.

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  • Tinnsel
  • 03-07-22

I love Mindy

Great essay! So insightful and amusing. Mindy is a true bug shot and artist! Recommended!

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  • CharmandHappy
  • 11-06-22

Coffee’s on me 😉☕️🎈🤷🏻‍♀️

I was so totally not expecting the plot twist. I usually prefer “How To’s” and really somehow thought your 36 minuter was a quick new set of ideas like one of my old favorites “How to Drive Your Competition Crazy” by Guy Kawasaki.
Your audible was refreshing, silly and enlightening. And, I had no idea you were a celebrity until you told me so in your story. I’ve met and worked for quite a few celebrities, and relieved I could never afford to buy their family dinner. I’d be happy though to make their kids animal balloons anytime 🎈💃🏻🥳🤷🏻‍♀️🤪🎨 Actually, I probably could buy a celebrity family dinner, but as you pointed out, better to continue to treat someone in need and expect nothing in return. Hope to meet you sometime. If so, coffee’s on me 😉☕️🤣

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  • BarbW
  • 12-05-22

Shallow & self-centered

And not even funny! I had high hopes for this series. So disappointing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-05-22

❤️

These short stories are great and so intriguing. Mindi always does a great job at capturing your attention. It’s so funny and witty.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-05-22

Good listen

It's good to realize the difference between generosity and giving. Sad that Mindy had to be slapped across the face (figuratively) to come to that realization. And to be confronted with it later. Tsk tsk tsk tsk tsk. Note - People with money don't need their tabs picked up. It's viewed for what it is - a bid to join the entourage. A "look at me" move. Also, true acts of generosity don't need to be advertised or quantified to anyone but the tax man.

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  • Jen
  • 26-04-22

Not a Book! A Chapter

Le Sigh. This “book” is 36 minutes. It costs the same as most Audible purchases. Wow! I though, Mindy has done so much publishing recently. No; her “books” are being sold in Chapters essentially. Most books I buy for 1 Audible credit are 7-8 hours. I guess Mindy Kaling has proved to all of us that she really is a big shot now since she can call each episode a book. It was funny (for 30 minutes)

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  • M'JEANAY B.
  • 30-03-22

Funny

This One was funny not hilarious but funny. Listen you won't be disappointed. Trust Me!

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  • Linda J Fontes
  • 15-02-22

Mindy is a Rock Star I love her books

Loved it big time!You will not be disappointed! I have grabbed each book to listen at work! I work in production.

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  • B. Williams
  • 15-10-21

Enjoyed this

It was entertaining , good down to earth stories that were funny too, and her voice was crisp and clear on audible