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The Bassoon King: My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy by [Wilson, Rainn]
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"Quirky, witty, literate."
Washington Post

"Rainn Wilson's memoir captures essence of his offbeat humor."
Chicago Sun-Times

“Wilson defies the typical tropes of celebrity memoir. At points, Bassoon King’s episodes read with the comparably startling, surreal and yet downright endearing outrageousness of an Augusten Burroughs or even David Sedaris essay… Wilson’s memoir details what it’s like for a regular human, a relatable human, a nerd to become famous after climbing the proverbial ladder of professional acting (whilst keeping your humanity and your grounded perspective intact).”
Paste Magazine, a top 10 book of November


"Filled with genuinely fascinating stories about his unusual upbringing, his entrée into the comedy world and his thoughtfully developed views on life, Wilson’s book is an unsurprisingly funny and surprisingly poignant entry in the cavalcade of celebrity memoirs."
BookPage

“A breath of fresh air in a genre desperately gasping for some...a deeply personal recollection of Wilson's journey from bassoon player to Emmy-nominated beet farmer…It's outlandish and unexpected, but it reads real.”
Phoenix New Times

You know Rainn Wilson as Dwight from NBC’s The Office, but I’m not sure many are fully prepared for how outrageous and often endearing his life story can be, captured in the pages of The Bassoon King.”
Oakland Press

"Wilson's hilarious book is a brisk, delightful read for his devoted fans."
American Way

"The Office star brings a value-added approach to his new book The Bassoon King: It's a coming-of-age story and a showbiz memoir and a funny read. Wilson also brings a values-added approach: The Bassoon King is a gentle introduction to the Bahá'i Faith, which Wilson re-embraced as an adult, after wrestling with both drugs and the question of meaning in his life."
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

“Wilson’s story is engaging…Readers will relish his experiences as Dwight Schrute (who contributes the book’s foreword) in The Office—snagging the part, the show’s debut, the actors and writers, and behind-the-scenes reminiscences.”
Publishers Weekly

“[Wilson] shares the ups and downs of his journey to fame in this funny and frank memoir… of particular interest to aspiring actors and other creative types, as well as the many fans of the long-running NBC comedy.”
Booklist

"Certainly for fans of The Office, but the amiable actor also offers thoughtful glimpses into the realities of the TV and film industry and an impassioned rationale for living an openly spiritual life." 
Kirkus Reviews 

About the Author

RAINN WILSON is best known for his Emmy-nominated role as Dwight Schrute on NBC’s The Office, though today he’s equally well-known for his millions of Twitter followers and the philosophy website he founded, SoulPancake, which launched a New York Times bestselling book of the same name.

Product Details

  • File Size: 17859 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton (November 10, 2015)
  • Publication Date: November 10, 2015
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JV124RQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,484 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
A highly entertaining tale of Rainn's creative journey coupled with numerous laugh out loud moments. What stands out the most is his brutal honesty and openness about his life's journey. His voice as an author is very unique and very true to self. It feels like an intimate dinner with Rainn Wilson that you won at a charity auction. MUST READ!
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This book is so much more original - and moving - than the typical mid-career celeb autobio. You expect humor and you get the big laughs, but you also get a fascinating, gritty look at the growth of the artist and the man. "The Bassoon King" reads fast and funny, while embracing the struggle to find meaning in life beyond the superficial and the celebrity. No easy feat, but Wilson pulls it off with grace and worms and bassoons and D&D and sci-fi and NYU and bad day jobs and Polish experimental theatre and pit bulls and "The Office" and the Face of God and LOVE.
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The last thing i needed was ONE MORE BOOK to read. So i just flipped it to a random page to get the gist, and it sucked me in. From the DWIGHT SHRUTE (sp?) intro to the ridiculous ABOUT THIS FONT entry, this book is funny and surprisingly informative and wise. (in a weird way) I love this book for the honesty, fantasy, vulnerability and absurdity all wrapped up in one.
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"The Bassoon King" is a mid-career autobiography of the comedic actor, Rainn Wilson, best known for his role as Dwight Schrute in the serial comedy "The Office" than ran for nine seasons on NBC. The book traces his childhood faith as a Ba'hai, loss of that faith as he matured, and then rediscovering meaning in that faith after a difficult early career establishing himself in life and comedic acting. Because he has been asked so many questions about his faith Rainn includes an Addendum at the end of the book about the Baha'i. An early teacher told him "You know Rainn, you have a an affinity for playing the alienated outsider. That early evaluation is so apt, and this alienated outsider sensibility is what infuses his acting so well.

Since my son played the bassoon for so many years and because Rainn grew up in Seattle like me, I was attracted to all the familiar place references and to descriptions of the bassoon's unusual qualities, and how the instrument was a good match for his personality. He describes himself many times as a "bassoonist"!

I like biographies because it can be instructive to hear about how another person chose to live, his accomplishments and difficulties. Indeed, Rainn overcame a very difficult start in his acting career where he had had brushes with cocaine and alcohol. His Baha'i faith had a big part to play in his victory. However, being a comedic actor he has found a way to to tell his life story to this point, approximately age 50, using comedy. It makes the book entertaining to read.

A mid career biography, the book is inspirational. Rainn describes his current Soulpancake project, meant to provide position and happy inspiration for young people. Checkout his YouTube channel, Soulpancake.
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Format: Audible Audio Edition
The audiobook was so good that I also purchased the book so I could (those of you that can't stand books being marked STOP READING) highlight, make notes, and insert my own ponderings. I have been taking college courses after being out of school for 12 years... It has been difficult, but when I popped the first disk into my car for the drive to work it turned my mood around. I love this book.
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This book was very funny but also very insightful. I love that Rainn does not shy away from Dwight Shrute, but embraces him throughout the book. I really enjoyed the book. Rainn has led a fascinating life. I recommend this book!
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Format: Hardcover
Like many others here, I bought this book because I am a huge fan of The Office. I had no idea of Wilson's life story.
First and foremost, it is critical that before reading this, fans of The Office have to know that this book is NOT about the show. Now that we've gotten that out of the way, Rainn Wilson has some incredible life experiences to tell about, from living in Nicaragua to his life as a struggling actor in 1990s New York City. I definitely recommend the book as Wilson is a fascinating personality but don't go in expecting 300 pages of Jim and Dwight stories. He touches on the show briefly but this book goes much deeper.
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Very interesting read. I was interested to learn about his faith, and even though it does not match mine, he is passionate about it. I just wish there were more funny stories about his time on set of The Office. Loved his character.
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