"Welcome to Pawnee: More Exciting than New York, More Glamorous than Hollywood, Roughly the Same Size as Bismarck, North Dakota
In Pawnee, Leslie Knope (as played by Amy Poehler on NBC's hit show Parks and Recreation) takes readers on a hilarious tour through her hometown, the Midwestern haven known as Pawnee, Indiana. The book chronicles the city's colorful citizens and hopping nightlife, and also explores some of the most hilarious events from its crazy history—like the time the whole town was on fire, its ongoing raccoon infestation, and the cult that took over in the 1970s. Packed with laugh-out-loud-funny photographs, illustrations, and commentary by the other inhabitants of Pawnee, it's a must-read that will make you enjoy every moment of your stay in the Greatest Town in America."
I love Parks and Recreation. Hands down, it's my favorite comedy on television today. The characters are quirky, but incredibly charming, the situations are hilarious, and the whole show is fairly zany--but with a great deal of heart. For me, a sign of a great television show is one that makes you laugh until you just about pee in your pants--but then sneaks up on you, and before you know it, you've grown to care about the characters. Parks and Recreation is no exception to this rule.
A lot of my friends tell me that they tried to start watching this show, but they just couldn't get into it. Fair enough. Season 1 does start off slow, but that only lasts about eight episodes. Once Season 2 starts, the writers and actors have really found the groove of the show...and it just keeps getting better with age. When I thought nothing could be better than Season 2, the producers added Adam Scott and Rob Lowe to the show's cast. They are literally two of the best supporting actors I have ever seen on any television show ever. With Leslie's campaign for city council this season, I never want this show to end.
When the episode "Born and Raised" aired, I had no idea that the fictional book Leslie wrote would be for sale! I don't know why I would think this because, well--it is NBC after all.
Just like the show, Pawnee: the Greatest Town in America is zany and charming. It's especially nice to read with Amy Poehler's voice in my head. (Why she hasn't won an Emmy yet, I don't understand.) Hearing Leslie's inflections just makes the whole read even funnier. Here are some of my favorite highlights from the book:
- "One Month Living in the Woods in Pawnee" by Ron Swanson (apparently Nick Offerman helped to pen Ron's contribution. Brilliant.)
- "The Best Concert Venues in Pawnee" by Andy Dwyer
- Leslie's "24 Hours in Pawnee"
- Complete layout for J. J.'s Diner, including advice from Leslie on where to sit
- "Interview with a Reasonableist"
- "Miss Pawnee Talent Competition Winners Through the Years" (talents include Boobs, German Patriotic Demonstration, Eyelash Batting, and Pole Dancing)
- And of course--Pawnee Town Slogans through the years--with pictures!
- "Pawnee: A Town and a Place" 1880-1939
- "Pawnee: 'Welcome German Soldiers'" 1939-1945
- "Pawnee: It's Safe to Be Here Now!" 1977-1985
- "Pawnee: First in Friendship, Fourth in Obesity" 2009-Present
And there's so much more!
This book makes for great light reading and a great coffee table book. If you love Parks and Recreation, you will love, love, love this book!
This might be an unconventional addition to Book Club Friday, but I'm still linking up with Heather from Blonde Undercover Blonde.
Happy Friday and happy reading!