Celebrity memoirs are so popular right now- and I’ve read quite a few of them. When I saw that Rainn Wilson had written one, I knew that I had to read it. Everybody loves him as Dwight Schrute, the resident goofball who takes life very seriously on The Office, but I really wanted to know more about him. So, taking the spot of A Memoir or Biography of Someone Interesting is The Bassoon King by Rainn Wilson.
This memoir is pretty much just like all the other ones out there, in that Rainn goes through his life, where he was born, a little about his parents, big moments in his life, and also chronicled his rise to fame and just how difficult that road can be. There were quite a few things that really surprised me about his story. He was very honest about a lot of things most people would try to gloss over, and that really made me appreciate him even more.
Some things you will learn in his book: he spent quite a few of his childhood years living in a remote village in Central America. He was a self-proclaimed nerd in his youth (I mean, I could have guessed that, but he was REALLY owning it, so good for him!). He studied acting in college and eventually had some issues with drugs. He is a firm believer in his particular faith and shared what that means in his daily life.
All in all, this was a good one. It had me laughing out loud, it had me shaking my head in a “what were you thinking thank goodness you’re ok/alive” sort of way, and it gave me what I really wanted, some insight into those amazing years at The Office.