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Yes, My Accent Is Real
Yes, My Accent Is Real: And Some Other Things I Haven't Told You | Kunal Nayyar
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In the spirit of Mindy Kalings bestseller Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, a collection of humorous, autobiographical essays from Kunal Nayyar, best known as Raj on CBSs #1 hit comedy The Big Bang Theory. Of all the charming misfits on television, theres no doubt Raj from The Big Bang Theorythe sincere yet incurably geeky Indian-American astrophysicistranks 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 TVs 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, 68 gentle-giant roommate, works his first-ever job for the universitys 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.
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CoffeeNBooks
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I enjoyed listening to Kunal Nayyar's light-hearted and funny memoir. I think it was even better since it was read by him. I like him on The Big Bang Theory, and it's interesting to hear his story of how he got there.
#LitsyAtoZ #Y @BookishMarginalia

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cherinium
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Interesting? Yes. Funny? Mildly. A good road trip companion while dealing with some heavy family stuff? Absolutely. I really enjoyed the parts relating to cultural differences that Kunal has experienced. His stories were certainly entertaining enough to take my mind off things for a while. Oh, and I'm very happy they didn't keep the original name for his TBBT character. #audiobook #memoir #humor

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Victoriahoperose
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Oh man how I loved this book. Sometimes you just really need something that makes you happy at the end with no other intention. This is the book, especially if you love The Big Bang Theory. Kunal Nayyar is so visibly personal in this book; he makes fun of himself and tells the truth about his experiences. And in the end he makes sure to make a point of offering a positive outlook on following your dreams in life. Loved it 😊

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Bookjunkie57
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📖 Yes, My Accent Is Real - I‘m still so taken with the way Kunal spoke about his wife.
🖋 Samantha Young
📺 Younger or Young & Hungry. I‘m so disappointed with the way Y&H ended.
🍽 Yamato‘s (local Japanese steakhouse) Rice

#ManicMonday #LetterY

JoScho 💜💜💜 13mo
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Bookzombie
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Kunal is as lovable as Raj is on the show (I‘m 5 seasons behind so hopefully that hasn‘t changed). He relates stories from his life with heart and humor. I enjoyed hearing about the lessons his father taught him, his friendship with his college roommate, his romantic experiences, how he landed the role of a lifetime, and “My Big Fat Indian Wedding.” #Booked2018 #diversenonfiction #LitsyAtoZ #nonfictionchallenge2018

BarbaraTheBibliophage Great review! Just tagging my co-hosts here. 💙 @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft 1y
Bookzombie @BarbaraTheBibliophage I couldn‘t remember if I needed to tag you or just hashtag. Lol. Thank you! 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Bookzombie Both tagging and hash tagging help! 😎 1y
Cinfhen Fun choice!!! And thanks for the tag @BarbaraTheBibliophage makes life easier 😀😂 1y
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Kaylamburson
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This was a funny audiobook read by Kunal himself. I‘m a huge Big Bang Theory fan, so it was fun to get the background on this actor. He seems like such a genuine guy.

tracey38 I love The Big Bang Theory and Raj! I didn't know he wrote a book. 1y
Kaylamburson Yeah! Includes how he broke into the industry, dating stories, how he met his wife, and a bit about Big Bang. Really fun! @tracey38 1y
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tammysue 👏🏻🙌🏻 2y
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DarcysMom
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DarcysMom
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I had to change up what I was walking to - The Stranger Beside Me was making my walk far too creepy.
#audiowalk
#800in2018
#93MilesInMay
#overdrive

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DarcysMom
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This is not a memoir, the author notes in the prologue. This collection of life stories from Nayyar‘s life is really written to give a peak into his personal life to fans of the Big Bang Theory show and perhaps even his fans too. There is no overarching story arc here, many stories seem disparate.
In short, read this if you are already a fan. Narration was good but the writing could be better.

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Merethebookgal
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A fun, quick read on audiobook!

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litznbooks
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But you can‘t find love if you‘re not willing to lose it. You can‘t find happiness if you‘re not willing to risk being sad. And you can‘t find the love of your life without risking breaking your heart.
Dive in.

#LOVE

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litznbooks
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"But you can‘t run away from the inevitable, no matter how hard you try. Good-byes happen, but so do hellos."

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litznbooks
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"SOMETIMES PEOPLE ASK ME, “WHY are you writing a memoir? You‘re only thirty-four.”

This is not a memoir. I‘m not a president, or an astronaut, or a Kardashian.

This is a collection of stories from my life.
It is not an “I was born in . . .” type of book."

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JenReadsAlot
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This was fun on audio - yes his accent is real. Plus I love Big Bang Theory!

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caitlin.reads.books
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"So often in life we agonize, we deliberate, and we beat ourselves up to carefully evaluate the reasons we should or should not do something. But usually it's so much simpler. If you have no other offers, take the one offer you have."

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caitlin.reads.books
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I did not want this one to end! Very funny. Light and enjoyable with some touching parts as well.

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caitlin.reads.books
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Fifty pages in and I've already laughed out loud several times. 👌🏻

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Erika13137
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Had fun at the library tonight. Got a couple cozies, some DVDs which I just noticed have related books and put a bunch of Litsy finds on hold. 💕🤓 #booknerd

cobwebmoth Hi! I just tried to email you your let's get cozy match and it came back to me as undeliverable. Can you email me so that I have your correct email? Thanks! I'm cobwebmoth@gmail. 2y
Erika13137 @cobwebmoth just sent you an email 😊 2y
cobwebmoth Thank you! 2y
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wen4blu
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Up next, #audiobaking with these strange zucchini I found in my garden. #24in48 #idontrememberplantingthese

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ContraryMary
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Book 65. I'm behind by about six books 🙈 and it's totally stressing me out. It's fine it's fine, I'll get caught up! Onto the review! I don't usually read nonfiction, except the occasional comedian memoir (ok it was one other one but I own a few I intend to read someday!) this was very good! I laughed! I cried! I'm recommending it to you if you are in the mood for something quick and light!

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almalania
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But you can't find love if you're not willing to lose it. You can't find happiness if you're not willing to risk being sad. And you can't find the love of your life without risking breaking your heart.

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hufflepuff_librarian
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I'm new to the whole audio book game, so please forgive me if this is a really dumb question...Can anyone tell me why books I downloaded from the library wouldn't play through Bluetooth or AppleCar Play in my car?? Is there another step that I need to take to make this happen or is it impossible??

Mariposa_Bookworm Did you have other apps open that we're using the audio? My iTunes playlist automatically plays when I get in the car, so I have to manually switch to something else. Our library uses Overdrive and I've not had any problems with audiobooks. 3y
hufflepuff_librarian @Mariposa_Bookworm I was using google maps, but I can listen to iTunes while that is running, so I wouldn't think it would be an issue? I'll try it again without maps and see what happens. 🤔 3y
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Reita325
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I found this to be surprisingly enjoyable. I wasn't expecting much but I was charmed by the vignettes he disclosed about himself. I have to add that I think his parents are awesome in what he had to say about them!!

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Downtonabbeyroad394
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Math science history unraveling the mysteries that all started with a Big Bang 🤓

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Quirkybooknerd
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Summer road trip!!

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I don't know. Maybe this book is not meant to be read/heard on one sitting and be stretched on long periods of time where you read one or two stories every once in a while, but that's what I did and that's what my review reflects. It's not a bad book of short stories, it's just that, short stories.

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alibrarianslibrary
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Kunal speaks openly about his college roommate/best friend: "We tend to talk about breakups as something that only happen between lovers romantically. But that's not the case...No one knew me like he did." #friendtruths

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