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text 2015-03-23 17:42
Some of the Greatest Fictional Books Featured in Parks & Recreation

 

Leslie Knope is perfect. She’s smart, passionate, intensely loyal, a binder-making aficionado, caring, resourceful, honest, a gift-giving master, and driven to make Pawnee the best place to live for its residents. If Amy Poehler is even a tenth of her character—minus the Jerry/Terry/Larry/Garry bullying—I want to be her friend so we can eat waffles while discussing her favorite books.

 

While Parks & Recreation may have wrapped up its final season, I'm busy re-watching the older episodes. And as any fan of the show will tell you, Leslie Knope and her colleagues love their books, no matter how fake (well, except for one, kinda) they might be. Let's take a look at some of the titles that have appeared over the course of the show's run.

 

So let’s start with two books written by Leslie. One is about a waffle so it’s obviously amazing. Possibly delicious.

 

 

Parks and Recreations s4e21 “Bus Tour”

 

Leslie wrote and published Groffle, The Awful Waffle. I just need to know if the book comes with a plate of waffles, bacon, and a syrup river or if I need to supply my own? Oh, and does it come with a bib because as I’m sure Andy will agree, syrup has a mind of it’s own and that mind likes to drip on your clothes.

 

 

Parks and Recreations s4e3 “Born & Raised”

 

"I wrote a book. The first historical guide to Pawnee. I wrote it as a reference for myself, but then, my campaign advisors said we should make it a big, wide release. So we had people contribute, we added pictures, and we removed a lot of my poems and emotional ramblings and pictures of unicorns, and here it is!” Even Ron is willing to read it, "Usually, I only read nautical novels and my own personal manifestos, but I'm proud to make this exception.” Now that’s an endorsement!

 

A made up book for the show... that you can actually buy Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America.

 

 

Parks and Recreations s4e3 “Born & Raised”

 

Desperate for her book to get a Joan Callamezzo’s book club sticker (sorry, Oprah) Leslie reveals a previous selection, The Time Traveler’s Optometrist. She claims it’s “unreadable” but I don’t know, it sounds a bit like Encino Man meets King Lear if you swap truth-blindness for love-blindness. Okay, I’m reaching but if a book sounds truly terrible it makes me curious enough to kinda want to read it.

 

 

Parks and Recreations s6e7 “Fluoride”

 

Chris Traeger reveals some hilarious parenting books in Season 6. Are You Gonna Crawl My Way, I’d Like to Solve the Puzzle of Parenting, and Rad Dads.

 

 

 

Parks and Recreations s7e2 “Ron and Jammy”

 

Leslie would never add Joan’s book to her book club. But April would. She loves train-wreck Joan so much she hopes she’s her real mom. If it has a lot of chandelier-swinging-washing-machine-riding dating stories I’m with April and would like a copy please.

 

 

 

Parks and Recreations s7e5 “Gryzzlbox”

 

Two words: Joe. Biden.

 

 

Parks and Recreations s5e14 “Leslie and Ben”

 

BONUS PICK: Step aside Leslie-written books and anything by Joe Biden. This might not be readable, but this dress Ann Perkins made has to get an honorable mention.

 

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What were some of your favorite bookish moments in Parks & Rec? Share them in the comments!

 

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review 2012-02-15 00:00
Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America
Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America - Leslie Knope As a more recent convert to the Church of Parks and Recreation, I have to admit that I had no clue what I was missing before. The show is hilarious, packed with laughs and oohs and aahs and even moments where I tear up a little. When a friend purchased this book for me as a birthday present, I dug into it impatiently and reveled in each and every moment. Savoring this book was out of the question. The only answer was to eat up each page voraciously and then feel sorry for myself when I reached the end and found there to be no more laughs and fun tidbits that only add to the story.PAWNEE: THE GREATEST TOWN IN AMERICA is the perfect companion piece to a show that is so perfect in so many ways. So so so so so! PAWNEE incorporates characters from the show with back story on the town that we’ve never seen or heard before, such as historical information on the founding of Pawnee to the guide to the city’s restaurants and famous raccoon-infested parks. Although I generally don’t read television or movie tie-ins outside of books about the creation of a film along the line of LORD OF THE RINGS or ALIENS (my favorite movie ever, just saying), I was drooling over the chance to read this book.If you are a fan of Parks and Recreation, trust me – you need this book. You just need this book, and really, that’s all I can say about this book. And if you haven’t seen Parks and Recreation, go buy a month’s worth of Netflix and watch the first few seasons. Fall in love with Pawnee and the characters. And then buy this book and fall in love with it.VERDICT: Although focused on seasoned Parks and Recreation fans, this book is a diehard fan’s new best friend, combining tidbits from the show and new information that you NEED to know! A great companion.
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review 2011-10-01 00:00
Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America
Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America - Leslie Knope Read this in one sitting as soon as it came out...loved it almost as much as Leslie loves waffles from JJ's Diner.
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review 1970-01-01 00:00
Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America - Leslie Knope Not bad - definitely a good read for fans of the show. I guess my main complaint is that it went too into detail on the "history" of Pawnee. Part of what makes the show so fun is that it gives viewers snapshots of the town's "history". The book just had too much.
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