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The Bassoon King: My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy Hardcover – Nov 10 2015
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"Quirky, witty, literate."
"Rainn Wilson's memoir captures essence of his offbeat humor."
“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."
“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.”
"Wilson's hilarious book is a brisk, delightful read for his devoted fans."
"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."
“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.”
“[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.”
"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."
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.
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I think it must be hard to write an objective autobiography, but at the same time, when someone else writes it for you, they may have their own biases in how they interpret what their research leads them to and in this one, written by Rainn, there seems to be enough self deprecation and self investigation that I think he helps us understand who he actually is.
I was disappointed that he extolled the virtuosity of the SoulPancake experiment where he mentioned the value of the forum, but didn't explain why he shut it down. He does talk about why he and his partners started the site and the focus to support the more controlled video production and distribution, which I think identifies how the forum just didn't contribute to the end goals of delivering positive and happy content that inspires.
Overall, the book is funny, informative, thought provoking and worth the time to read. It helped me determine which way I lean on my opinion of him and the lean is positive.
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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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