The Bassoon King

The Bassoon King

My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy

Book - 2015
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Rainn Wilson's Memoir about growing up geeky and finally finding his place in comedy, faith, and life. For nine seasons Rainn Wilson played Dwight Schrute, everyone's favorite work nemesis and beet farmer. Viewers fell in love with Dwight on The Office , and as he became known for memorable film roles ( Juno, Super, The Rocker ) and an outrageous Twitter feed, they grew to love the man who played him even more. Rainn founded a successful website and media company, SoulPancake, that eventually became a bestselling book of the same name. Now, Rainn is ready to tell his own story and explain his unique sense of humor and perspective on life. The Bassoon King chronicles his journey from chess and sci-fi nerd to drama geek (the highest rung on the vast, pimply ladder of high school losers), his coming-of-age and struggle as a young actor in New York; his many adventures and insights about The Office; and finally, Rainn's achievement of success and satisfaction, both artistically and spiritually, reconnecting with the value of the faith he grew up in. 'I was bone-numbingly nerdy before there was even a modicum of cool attached to that now overappropriated, worn-out word. In the early eighties, being a nerd meant you were reviled . . . There were no nerd CEOs or TV hosts or rock stars or actors or billionaires . . . There were only the unwashed, cerebral misfits who slipped quietly into the side doors of the school and skirted along the lockers, trying to avoid any sudden move or eye contact that would result in a beatdown from a jock, stoner, or popular kid. It was life literally living inside a John Hughes movie.' From The Bassoon King
Publisher: New York :, Dutton,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780525954538
Branch Call Number: 921 WIL
Characteristics: xvi, 301 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 24 cm

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abcDena
May 25, 2016

There's no reason not to give this 5 stars! I love memoirs, comedians, The Office, and Dwight Schrute, so all these things combined made for a fun reading experience. I was really surprised to learn Wilson grew up (A) very poor and (B) in the Baha'i faith. I know comedian memoirs are a dime a dozen lately, but I really enjoy learning where they came from and what led them to comedy. Their stories are always infused with some vague sense of sadness that satisfies my need for drama. :)

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duane767
May 08, 2016

Because of his reputation and the character he plays on the office I expected a lot from this book and when it started I was a bit disappointed. Thankfully, the farther along I read the better it got. Perhaps because we are similar in age some of the memories which he shared really resonated with me and made me smile and continue to read about his journey. A lot of things in his life would mirror anyone else's; striving, defeat, failure, ultimate success, meaning and fulfillment. If you like Rainn Wilson, this book will most likely make you love him at the most and respect him more at the very least.

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vv9
Apr 03, 2016

I'm not a huge office fan, and I really enjoyed this book! Forget Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and other writers who've penned their memoirs. This is the memoir that I will recommend.

Wilson had an interesting upbringing, wandering the world with an assortment of parents. A sure tip that the writing is good, I searched the cover and bio to confirm that there was no ghost writing for the actor. His descriptions of his Baha'i faith are educational and appealing enough to make me want to learn more.

An interesting guy, with an entertaining memoir. Office fan? Read it. Memoir fan? Ditto.

Cynthia_N Feb 08, 2016

Fun book to read! Dwight Shrute makes a few appearances! And Rainn Wilson has a Zonkey!

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