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Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America
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223 of 235 people found the following review helpful
on October 12, 2011
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Enough of this "Gotcha" journalism! So what if the author wasn't born in Pawnee? I've always felt that it's where you're from that counts, not where you were born. Sure, Ms. Knope may have been born in that awful Eagleton, but she's definitely from Pawnee.
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80 of 83 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 2011
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Pre ordered it as soon as I could. This book is a must own for any parks and recreation fan. They put so much thought into every description often with multiple layers of jokes for each item. Seriously, can not recommend it any more highly. One note, read it a couple pages at a time and savor it, I blew through too many pages the first day I got it!
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747 of 869 people found the following review helpful
on October 8, 2011
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She's not even from Pawnee! She's nothing but a rubber nipple bagger from Eagleton who wants to turn our fair city into a snobbish hellhole like that place! I've reported this fact to Burt Macklin, FBI, but he didn't seem concerned with this threat.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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A really fun read in the vein of The Daily Show/Colbert Report mocumentary "text"books. The writing is entertaining and nails the characters. You could tell which character wrote each piece without looking at the byline.

Clever essays, clever ads, uncountable references back to every detail of the show. Not the funniest thing I ever read, but up there. Mad magazine for grown-ups.

You'll believe the town of Pawnee exists in more than Leslie Knope's mind. I especially enjoyed the bitter chapter on Eagleton.

One complaint: I like to keep books like this in pristine condition, but the book itself is printed on recycled matte stock, not the traditional high-quality glossy paper of similar books, so the photographs don't have the best quality, and the paper just sucks up the moisture. I left this book in a room with an open window on a day with slightly high humidity and the cover curled up and the pages are all slightly warped.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on October 7, 2011
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The second I opened this book I burst out laughing and never stopped smiling. As a fan of this show, I was able to read every section with each characters voice and expression in mind. This is a super fun read and so thorough! I definitely recommend it, even for non-fans of the show because its hysterically written. This was a no-regrets purchase for sure! PARKS AND RECREATION FANS MUST BUY THIS!! If you don't then I'm telling Ron Swanson.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2011
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This book is a LOL fest. It's so creative and funny. Kudos to whoever actually wrote it. "Parks and Recreation" has really good writing, and I think this book is even funnier than the show, if that is possible. The essence of each character is so well preserved here. Even the ads at the end are funny. Incredible book. Buy it, you won't regret it if your sense of humor is on similar tangent with Parks and Recreation.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2012
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Fantastic book. Highly entertaining and very funny. Any fan of Parks and Rec would love this book. Does a superb job showing you Pawnee---First in Friendship, Fourth in Obesity.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2011
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If you like Parks & Recreation, you'll love this book. It has the same oddly twisted sensibility as the television series, and provides a lot of great backstory for Pawnee. Reading the history Sweetums is more than worth the price of the book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Knope's description of Pawnee, Indiana is so realistic that I had to stop and inquire as to if there really was such a town - unfortunately, there isn't. On the other hand, this geographical fiction allows Knope free rein to display her non-stop creative humor. Readers learn the town's history, where the best restaurant is (on Howell Drive - unfortunately, there are multiple Howell Drives), the town's 5 hottest bars - along with their 'GIB' scores, why the town library is a place to be avoided at all costs, and why Sweetums has become every bit as vital to the town's economic health as it is detrimental to residents' actual health. Etc., etc.

I am especially appreciative of 'Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America' because I had it with when 'imprisoned' by local physicians for showing up in their E.R. with diarrhea. Ms. Knope's comedy provided great relief from constant assaults by a cardiologist, gastroenterologist, internist, intensivist, surgeon, hematologist, and 'walletologist.' (The latter is a new medical specialty that deals with finding and recovering assets and insurance coverage.) Then there were those terrifying 24-hour/day needle-wielding nurses and lab-techs. For awhile things looked quite grim - repeated MRIs, lab tests, and an IBM computer continually found new potential maladies and financial resources meriting/funding additional blood draws, infusions, and analyses. I was running out of blood, drowning in IV fluids, developing an MRSA-resistant cold, and in danger of missing the week's installment of 'Parks and Recreation.' Fortunately, just as I was reaching the end of my rope and Ms. Knope's Pawnee book, my insurance coverage ran out and I was cured/discharged within record time - 0.03 nanoseconds!

Thanks Leslie!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2011
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This book had me laughing from the start! To those in doubt it is not just a big book of pictures, there is more than enough content to be worth the price. Once you get into it, you really start imagining Leslie talk you about JJ's Diner, or the History of Pawnee, or the Cult of Reasonableism. I was a bit dissapointed concerning the quality of the paper, it seemed a bit strange at first but even though it is a bit cheap i quickly got over it because the content truly outways that, which is the only con i can think of.

I would highly recommend this to any fan of the show, it really gives you greater insight on the events that took place/will take place in the show.
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