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4 Things We Learned from Mindy Kaling’s “By the Book”

Funny lady Mindy Kaling's favorite author is more likely to make you cry than laugh, and more surprising tidbits.

4 Things We Learned from Mindy Kaling’s “By the Book”

Photo: Mindy Kaling. Courtesy of Getty Images.

It’s no secret we’re big fans of The New York Times‘s By the Book series. So when we spotted Mindy Kaling’s face in our beloved book review last weekend, we tore through the classic column in a hot second.

Apart from some expected responses (Tina Fey’s Bossypants made her laugh out loud; her ideal book club would meet for an early dinner and end by 7 p.m.), Kaling shared some brow-raising answers that just fueled our fire for the funny lady.


 

Here are our four favorite takeaways:

1. Her favorite author is more likely to make you cry than laugh.

mindy kaling favorite novelist

2. Her show’s title character has some major literary ties.

mindy kaling - jhumpa lahiri

3. She’s a Latin master.

mindy kaling latin

4. Her friends love quoting Malcolm Gladwell.

mindy kaling - malcolm gladwell

Read Mindy Kaling’s entire By the Book interview on nytimes.com.

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