Monday, April 10, 2017

I GOT A BOOK! And a giveaway...

So. On the rare occasion over the years, I've gotten an email about doing a blog promo/giveaway. They're nice, but usually not my scene. 
Hey, I got nothing but love for you crafters, but I am, in fact, a garbage person.

Answer: No.

Anyway, a few weeks back I got an email from Elina from Penguin Random House who offered me an early copy of "Mustache Shenanigans," a book from Super Troopers creator Jay Chandrasekhar about growing up Indian American and starting his career. I almost deleted the email, but a couple of things caught my eye. 

1. She'd send me a copy of the book, no strings attached. 

Seriously, when's the last time you got a copy of a fresh clean new book for free? I was definitely not thinking about blog promotions. Sorry, readers. Me want pretty book.

2. It's called mustache shenanigans. 

3. I'm a sucker for easy to read, light hearted "growing up in XXX" tales. 

You know, the quasi memoir/collection of stories books that have been all the rage lately? I eat those up when I'm not reading young adult fantasy romance magic adventure novels. 

Plus, I love Mindy Kaling and The Mindy Project and  HER book about growing up Indian American. 

Don't all "abc" type people have the same exact experience in America?

Anyhoo, I got my fresh new book in the mail days later, and it was mostly what I expected, in a good way. Boy Mindy Jay describes growing up in his upper-middle-class life outside of Chicago, and getting into shenanigans as a kid in private school (seriously, I would have used that word even if it wasn't in the title). He writes about going to college, getting into comedy, forming a comedy group called broken lizard, getting in the movie business, making super troopers, directing dukes of hazzard, making beerfest, etc. Also, drinking. A lot of that. 

Turns out I'm shit at recaps. There goes my book reviewer career prospects.
It's a quick and easy read - I got through it in two evenings. I learned a bit about the movie business that I never even wondered about (like getting a film into a film festival/sold/distributed). The only parts of the book that I didn't love were the chapters around the making of Super Troopers, on account of not having seen the movie and barely understanding the plot. 

Though if you're a Super Troopers fan, that might be your fave part of the whole thing. 

But also, Elina offered to do a giveaway for my readers! 


So all you need to do to enter is comment below (ideally, make sure your account is tied to an email address, or leave your email too.) I'll put your names in a bag sometime next week and pick one. 

#toolazytopromote. Also, too lazy to fix typo in "entries"

To be clear, I'm not writing about this to be self promotey. I liked the book so I thought it'd be a fun non-trumpy thing to write about, and then I figured I'd be a total asshole if I didn't take her up on the giveaway for you guys. You all deserve free clean new books  too. (Also, in case it isn't extremely obvious, but I wasn't paid to write this post. Clearly, I did get the free-no-strings-attached book.)

Ok, leave a comment! Good luck!


  1. I am not always a fan of bios...but this sounds like a good read for when I can stop reading things required by teachers...although I have not seen super troopers either.

  2. Books, good. Real life, not so much. Let us know if you find Super Troopers for freesies 🐊

  3. That's my klife ns of book review. Let me know when my free book is coming. And all Iknow about Super Troopers is that someone says, "Meow" which should be reason enough to see it but so far hasn't been.

  4. Wait, you're a garbage person? Does that mean you collect garbage? Or you're bad (garbage) at being a person? Or your body is constructed of literal garbage (a garbageperson, if you will)? There's so many meanings!

    Jay's a funny guy. I loved Super Troopers, and I'm envious of anyone who can grow a mustache, so this sounds like a great read.

  5. You've never seen Super Troopers?? I've seen it enough times to cover you, your family, and all your apartment neighbours. I could probably quote any scene from that movie (I'm not sure what that says about me.) I believe it is currently streaming on Netflix or Amazon.

    And hooray for an email that was actually for a product you wanted--those are rare!

  6. Is it wrong that I think the "nose" and "mustache" resemble balls with super long hair?


  7. Great minds think alike, Janie--about balls, anyway!!

  8. You get contacted regularly about giveaways? I've never been contacted about something like this. Don't play humble, this is awesome. Also, if you've taken the time to read his memoir, watch Super Troopers, it's great. When I was in college, Super Troopers was being toured around colleges, my friends all went to watch it. Afterwards, my friend went to a local bar and got absolutely housed and members of Broken Lizard helped drag him back to our apartment so he didn't get arrested. I have a soft spot in my heart for those guys, and thus, you can take my recommendation with a grain of salt.