Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Yes, My Accent is Real: and Some Other Things I Haven't Told You by Kunal Nayyar

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine where we spotlight upcoming releases that we're eagerly awaiting.  I've chosen a nonfiction book for a change this week.  It comes out next week, and is by an actor on one of my all-time favorite TV shows, The Big Bang Theory.  I guess he was at BEA this past summer, when I wasn't able to go.  :-(  Meeting him would have totally made any cost worth it, if I'd had any way to get the money together.  The author, Kunal Nayyar, plays Raj on the show, and I can't wait to read what he has to tell us about.  Here is the blurb from Goodreads:


Of all the charming misfits on television, there’s no doubt Raj from The Big Bang Theory — the sincere yet incurably geeky Indian-American astrophysicist — ranks among the misfittingest. Now, we meet the actor who is every bit as loveable as the character he plays on TV. In this revealing collection of essays written in his irreverent, hilarious, and self-deprecating voice, Kunal Nayyar traces his journey from a little boy in New Delhi who mistakes an awkward first kiss for a sacred commitment, gets nosebleeds chugging Coca-Cola to impress other students, and excels in the sport of badminton, to the confident, successful actor on the set of TV’s most-watched sitcom since Friends.

Going behind the scenes of The Big Bang Theory and into his personal experiences, Kunal introduces readers to the people who helped him grow, such as his James Bond-loving, mustachioed father who taught him the most important lessons in life: Treat a beggar as you would a king. There are two sides to every story. A smile goes a long way. And, when in doubt, use a spreadsheet. Kunal also walks us through his college years in Portland, where he takes his first sips of alcohol and learns to let loose with his French, 6’8” gentle-giant roommate, works his first-ever job for the university’s housekeeping department cleaning toilets for minimum wage, and begins a series of romantic exploits that go just about as well as they would for Raj. (That is, until he meets and marries a former Miss India in an elaborate seven-day event that we get to experience in a chapter titled “My Big Fat Indian Wedding.”)

Full of heart, but never taking itself too seriously, this witty and often inspiring collection of underdog tales follows a young man as he traverses two continents in search of a dream, along the way transcending culture and language (and many, many embarrassing incidents) to somehow miraculously land the role of a lifetime.


So much that sounds so good!  I am hoping to find it as hilarious as other books I've read by actors like this.  

So, what book are you eagerly awaiting this week? 

And while you're here, don't forget to go enter my September is for Sequels Giveaway. 

48 comments:

  1. I'm not that into Big Bang Theory but the few episodes I've watched have been pretty funny :) I hope you enjoy this when it releases!

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    Zareena @ The Slanted Bookshelf

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    1. Can't wait! So excited to read more from him. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. I haven't actually watched Big Bang Theory more than once or twice, but I did love the interaction between the characters...and this actor sounds like he would have a great story to tell. Thanks for sharing.

    Here's mine: “ALL THE STARS IN THE HEAVENS”

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    1. Raj is one of my favorite characters, he's a side character really, but he has some of the best lines. Thanks for visiting!

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  3. I don't watch Big Bang Theory religiously but from the few snippets I've caught, those actors are super hilarious. This book seems interesting and I'd like to learn more about Kunal :)

    Happy Wednesday!

    Shane @ Itching for Books

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    1. I just love the show. I'm watching it right now as I do my blog stuff for the night! :-) Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. I love him! I'm a Big Bang Theory fan, too, so I'll definitely be checking this one out. Great pick!

    Michelle @ Michelle's Minions

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    1. I didn't used to read a lot of memoirs, but after loving several lately, like the one from Mindy Kaling, who I find hilarious, I'm sure I'll enjoy this one too. Thanks for visiting!

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  5. Oh, this sounds like a HILARIOUSLY entertaining read!! Just reading the synopsis made me smile, especially when I read the chapter title "My Big, Fat Indian Wedding"! Lol. I haven't read a really GOOD memoir in quite some time, so this will be a refreshing change for me. Thanks for featuring it!

    Hope you can swing by and take a look at my own WOW:

    http://anightsdreamofbooks.blogspot.com/2015/09/waiting-on-wednesday-138-through-dark.html

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    1. I'm guessing it will be hilarious! Hope you get a chance to read it soon too. Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. This doesn't sound like something I would normally read, but I hope you enjoy it.
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  7. Oh great pick! I've been reading more celeb autobiographies (especially in audiobook form when they read it, haha). Hope you enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by Bookmunchies!

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    1. That's what I did with the MIndy Kaling one. Now you've made me hope that this one will be an audio book with him reading it! :-) Thanks for returning the stop!

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  8. This one is on my TBR as well. Love The Big Bang Theory! My WoW

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    1. I can't wait! Glad to hear some other Big Bang Theory fans are excited as well! Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. I honestly haven't watched the big bang theory so I don't have any idea about it.. But I hope you'll get it soon! <3 :)

    Donita @ My Random Book thoughts

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    1. I hope so too, just entered a giveaway for it actually! Thanks for visiting!

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  10. I haven't watched the show but I hope you enjoy reading this!!!!

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  11. Oh, awesome! I didn't realize he'd written a book. I love BBT, and Raj is just precious. Nice choice!

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    1. Brand new one! Comes out in a week or so. Can't wait! Thanks for visiting!

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  12. I've not heard of this one. I hope you enjoy this book when you read it!

    Thanks for visiting my blog! Have a lovely week, Lisa :)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. I hope I can get it soon. I'm sure it will be a fun read. Thanks for returning the visit!

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  13. I used to absolutely love Big Bang Theory but I feel like I'm a little bit over it now. Raj does continue to be one of my favourite characters on that show though. This book sounds like it could be really funny. I might have to look into it. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I still love the show. I can watch almost every episode over and over. :-) I might be a little obsessed. Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. This isn't my kind of read, I don't like autobiographies, but I hope you enjoy it!
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    Alma @ A Novel Place

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    1. It's rare that I read one, but these kind, by comedians, often do get my attention enough that I can enjoy them. Thanks for returning the visit!

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  15. I don't read many biographies, but this one looks like so much fun! :D I haven't watched Big Bang Theory as much as I'd like to, but the episodes I have seen are hilarious!

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    1. I can't get enough of the show, and I can't wait for this book! Thanks for stopping by!

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  16. new to me but sounds interesting, hope that you get a chance to read it soon.

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  17. I haven't watched the show, but then again, I watch very little TV other than news. I'm so boring. :)
    @dino0726 from 
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    1. Ah, gotcha. If you like comedies, it is worth a try! Thanks for stopping by!

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  18. Nice choice I don't read non-fiction but I really do love the Big Bang Theory show it really is an fantastic show. Thank you for stopping by my blog. :)

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    1. Yeah, I'm not much of a nonfiction reader, but books like this I tend to make an exception for. Thanks for returning the stop!

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  19. I love him! This sounds like it'd be a gloriously funny read! (btw followed on bloglovin')

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  20. This sounds so good. The Big Bang Theory is one of my favorite TV-shows, ever. Thanks so much for sharing, and for stopping by my WoW earlier. :)

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    1. Same here, I can't think of any show that I can watch over and over like The Big Bang Theory. Thanks for returning the stop!

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  21. This sounds like so much fun! I love biographies where you get a hilarious look into the past that made them who they are now - make sense? Yeah, my caffeine is wearing off but I think you know what I mean... Great pick!

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    1. Biographies like this make me want to read more biographies! But then they're not all so amusing. Thanks for stopping by!

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  22. This sounds great! I haven't watched The Big Bang Theory, but from the blurb it looks really funny and interesting. I love memoirs.

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    1. I do enjoy some memoirs, and this one sounds right up my alley. Thanks for visiting!

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  23. I love The Big Bang Theory! It's one of my favorite shows. I didn't know this book was a thing, but then again I'm not a huge fans of memoirs. Maybe I'll give it a go...
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    Kar @ Pause Time

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    1. Yeah, I'm not usually a memoir reader, but I knew he was at BEA this past summer, and so I looked up what book it was for. Thanks for returning the stop!

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  24. I don't read biographies, but this one is related with The Big Bang Theory - one of my favorite shows - so, I may give it an opportunity. Also, must love Raj!

    Happy readings! :)

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    1. That's kind of the same for me. I'm very picky about nonfiction, especially autobiographies. But this one just sounds hilarious! Thanks for stopping by!

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