Does anyone here miss The Office? I know I do.
You’d be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t heard of this beloved TV show. The unabashed awkwardness combined with cringe-worthy moments in the work place, ignorance, confrontation of social issues, romance, hilarity… I could go on. The show ended nearly four years ago, but it definitely holds a special place in my heart.
Of course, the talented cast of actors are just getting started. Mindy Kaling and Phyllis Smith co-starred in the Disney hit Inside Out, Ellie Kemper is doing well in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Steve Carell is… well, Steve Carell.
But did you know that a few of these actors have books released? Here are eight books from The Office cast, and two upcoming for release.
1. The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak
B.J. Novak served as an executive writer for The Office as well as playing the contractor Ryan Howard. The actor threw a curveball for his first published book: a children’s book… with no pictures. The book was designed to teach that books can be endearing and silly without pictures, and it’s a marvelous success. Parents everywhere rave about this book.
2. One More Thing: Stories and More Stories by B.J. Novak
What you see is what you get with Novak, apparently: this is another obvious one from the title. Novak’s debut into the novel world is an anthology of short stories, again banking on his humor. The common consensus is that his humor is used as an engine for insight, and it doesn’t get much better than that, right?
3. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
Mindy Kaling was another executive writer for the show, and she was on top of the game before the show even concluded. She wrote and published this memoir while still playing Kelly Kapoor, in 2011. This memoir particularly examines her personal life balanced with Hollywood, and the result is a hilarious, candid memoir.
4. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
Another memoir by Kaling, this memoir delves into her relationships, particularly at work, and being Indian-American in whitewashed Hollywood. It also elaborates a bit more on her relationship with B.J. Novak, with her admitting right off the bat “I will freely admit: my relationship with B.J. Novak is weird as hell.” The result is an original take on issues that are common everywhere, not just Hollywood.
5. SoulPancake by Rainn Wilson, Devon Gundry, Golriz Lucina, and Shabnam Mogharabi
Only one of these authors, Rainn Wilson, is from The Office, but this is primarily his work. This book comes from the wildly successful website of the same name, and this book stuffs the website’s content into its pages. Full of “Big Life Questions,” visual art, activities, and commentary from guest celebrities, this book quite literally has it all.
6. The Bassoon King: My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy by Rainn Wilson
Let’s be serious: this sounds exactly like something Dwight Schrute would write. This book chronicles Wilson’s time from being a young nerd, as well as a drama and band geek, to his struggles to make it as an actor until he landed the role of infamous Dwight Schrute. He also tells of his time playing the character, and as a result you have a weird, yet oddly satisfying memoir of this particular actor’s life.
7. Unreleased novel by B.J Novak and Mindy Kaling
Apparently, Ryan and Kelly’s relationship in the office is a slight, warped mirror of the real actors’ relationship, which opens the door to all kinds of questions. How so? What are the juicy details? The actors have finally acquiesced, and will release a book delving into their odd relationship. Kaling cautions that it will not be a tell all, but us gossip hounds and The Office lovers will take it.
8. Unreleased novel by Ellie Kemper
Ellie Kemper’s stint on The Office was brief as bubbly Erin Hannon, but it opened the door to success. She is currently most known for her starring role in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. She has confirmed she’s going to give the whole writing thing a try, because she will be releasing a collection of short stories and personal essays (with a humorous twist) in 2018.
Do you miss The Office as much as we do? Have you read any of these books?
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