I never did choose a book of the year for 2013, but I thought about it some, and Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) was a top contender.
Here’s an excerpt from the chapter called “Types of Women in Romantic Comedies Who Are Not Real”:
When a beautiful actress is in a movie, executives wrack their brains to find some kind of flaw in her that still allows her to be palatable. She can’t be overweight or not perfect-looking, because who would want to see that? A not 100-percent-perfect-looking-in-every-way female? You might as well film a dead squid decaying on a beach somewhere for two hours.
So they make her a Klutz.
The 100-percent-perfect-looking female is perfect in every way, except that she constantly falls down. She bonks her head on things. She trips and falls and spills soup on her affable date…Despite being five foot nine and weighing 110 pounds, she is basically like a drunk buffalo who has never been part of human society.