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Cannonball Read IV: Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America by Leslie Knope

By CommanderStrikeher | Books | March 23, 2012 |

By CommanderStrikeher | Books | March 23, 2012 |

Holy Crap! This book was hilarious! If you are a fan of Parks and Recreation, you will LOVE this book. If you have never seen the show before, you will still probably enjoy it, but you won’t necessarily get all of the jokes. Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America is written as a travel/information book about the small, fictitious, town of Pawnee, Indiana.

Leslie Knope is the Deputy Director of the Parks and Recreation department, and is truly convinced that her hometown is the best town in the world. J.J.’s Diner has the world’s best waffles, which she recommends should be eaten several times a day, with whipped cream and syrup, and the raccoon infestation is only a mild inconvenience.

My favorite part of the book was where they showed all of the murals in City Hall and gave the stories behind them. This has been my favorite running gag on the show.


(Sunday Boxing, though I prefer the original title, A Lively Fisting.)

Pawnee has a horrible history. The town was founded by a pervert in the 1800s who ran away to marry multiple 12-year-old girls. He was quickly run out of his own town because of his refusal to wear pants. There has been a history of horrible relations with other races, especially the native Wamapoke Indian tribe. The town is basically run by the Sweetums candy corporation, which originally contained morphine, then Black Tar Heroin.

This book had me giggling, loudly, in public. If you are a fan of Parks and Recreation, I cannot recommend it enough. If you aren’t a fan, what the Hell is wrong with you? Do you hate good things?

For more of CommanderStrikeher’s reviews, check out her blog, Cannonball Read 4: The Voyage Home

This review is part of Cannonball Read IV. Read all about it.

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