No Land's Man

No Land's Man

"It always bothered me that Aasif was more than merely funny-he's also a great actor. Now I've learned he's an amazing storyteller as well, and I am furious . . . but also grateful. Aasif's movement between cultures and genres is what makes him and his story singularly funny, poignant, and essential."
- John Hodgman, author of The Areas of My Expertise and More Information Than You Require

"My father moved our family to the United States because of a word. It was a word whose meaning fascinated him. It was a singularly American word, a fat word, a word that could only be spoken with decadent pride. That word was . . . Brunch! 'The beauty of America,' he would say, 'is they have so much food, that between breakfast and lunch they have to stop and eat again.'" —from "International House of Patel"

If you're an Indo-Muslim-British-American actor who has spent more time in bars than mosques over the past few decades, turns out it's a little tough to explain who you are or where you are from. In No Land's Man Aasif Mandvi explores this and other conundrums through stories about his family, ambition, desire, and culture that range from dealing with his brunch-obsessed father, to being a high-school-age Michael Jackson impersonator, to joining a Bible study group in order to seduce a nice Christian girl, to improbably becoming America's favorite Muslim/Indian/Arab/Brown/Doctor correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

This is a book filled with passion, discovery, and humor. Mandvi hilariously and poignantly describes a journey that will resonate with anyone who has had to navigate his or her way in the murky space between lands. Or anyone who really loves brunch.

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  • "No Land's Man" is one of those books that can take you through the emotional gamut but still leave you laughing. This is such a compelling story for anyone who has ever felt out of place. From his (f...

  • Anyone who has seen Aasif Mandvi on the Daily Show as "Senior Foreign Looking Correspondent" already has high expectations of this, his first book. Happily, Mandvi does not disappoint. This memoir det...

  • Hmm.. I'm not quite sure what I thought about this book. It was witty, I got to know Aasif more through his stories. But the stories themselves, and the chronological ordering of the book was jarring ...

  • Aasif Mandvi was best known to me as a correspondent on the Daily Show. He is also the author/star of a well reviewed one-man show about the challenges of being the son of roving Muslim immigrants who...

  • [Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography (cclapcenter.com). I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.]There's...

  • Mandvi's laugh-out-loud funny introspection on experiencing life through Muslim, British, and American culture is full of heart and humility. I found more affinity in No Land's Man than I had original...

  • Unexpectedly lovely. I picked this up thinking I’d be getting a breezy funny-man’s take on life, chock full of laugh-out-loud anecdotes from the Daily Show set. What I got instead was a thoughtful...

  • This book was a recommendation of NPR, and I was interested in reading it because of his appearances on the Daily Show. Yes, I drank the Kool-aid, and as a Muslim, I wasn't looking for perfection, but...

  • Mandvi is a good storyteller and reasonably funny (the urine-drinking story being the only bit that might make you laugh out loud). He doesn't really set out to be comedian, though, and instead focuse...

  • I enjoyed the book - it was a quick read that explores Mandvi's childhood and experiences growing up in Britain and the U.S. I've always enjoyed Aasif Mandvi on The Daily Show, which is why I wanted t...

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