Oprah's 'Amazing' Baby Gift to Mindy Kaling Needed a U-Haul

An 'amazing' bookcase with 100 children's classics
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2018 10:05 AM CST
Oprah's 'Amazing' Baby Gift to Mindy Kaling Needed a U-Haul
In this July 27, 2017, file photo, Mindy Kaling participates in "The Mindy Project" panel during the Hulu Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif.   (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)

Little Katherine Kaling likely received many thoughtful presents after mom Mindy Kaling gave birth to her in December. But it was the contents of a U-Haul truck sent by Kaling's Wrinkle in Time co-star Oprah Winfrey that the Mindy Project creator is now calling "the most amazing gift." Kaling and Winfrey chatted with USA Today about Oprah's special delivery, which Kaling initially thought would just be a nice batch of flowers. But when Oprah told her two guys would be showing up at her home in a moving truck, Kaling decided to play hooky from work to see what she was getting.

Inside the U-Haul: a "handcarved bookcase, prettier than any professional dollhouse you had ever seen," Kaling says, along with 100 classic children's books, with "Katherine's Book Club" appearing on each tome. Winfrey says she was slightly disappointed on how the bookcase came out, as she'd wanted it to look like the treehouse Kaling's character hunkers down in in the movie. "Now it only looks like a beautiful castle," Kaling teased Winfrey. (More Mindy Kaling stories.)

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