After reading Franzen’s Freedom, I wanted something lighter, funnier, and shorter. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling, writer and actor for NBC’s The Office, fit the bill perfectly. It has that ideal balance of smart and self-deprecating that good memoir-y books have. Kaling is honest and resigned about being a pudgy child on through to her struggles and eventual success in Hollywood. This made me laugh, a lot, so be careful if you’re reading it in public, during nap time or when your spouse has already fallen asleep. And if I ever get the chance to have a coffee with Kaling, I’m totally taking it. She’s the funny, smart, honest kind of girl friend we all could use one more of.