The Bassoon King: My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy
Booklist Reviews 2015 November #1
Wilson, best known for his role as intractable paper salesman Dwight K. Schrute on the popular TV comedy The Office, shares the ups and downs of his journey to fame in this funny and frank memoir. The only son of two hippies living in the Pacific Northwest, Wilson was raised by his father after his parents split. Growing up in Seattle and Nicaragua, Wilson was a nerd before nerds were cool, embracing the bassoon, science fiction, and Dungeons and Dragons. When Wilson was 16, his family moved to the suburbs of Chicago, and he discovered theater. His passion for the stage led him to New York, where he pursued acting as a career. After years of struggling financially and spiritually, Wilson found his way back to the Baha'i faith he was raised in. A friend's project brought him to Los Angeles, where he would go to the fateful audition for The Office. The funnyman's memoir will be of particular interest to aspiring actors and other creative types, as well as the many fans of the long-running NBC comedy. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
PW Reviews 2015 October #2
The title of this book notwithstanding, Wilson is better known for his role in TV's The Office and as the mastermind of the Soul Pancake website and media company than for being a former fledgling bassoonist. This memoir takes readers through his life and acting career, including his early, formative years in Nicaragua with his then recently divorced and remarried father. Wilson was born in 1966, and when he was five, the family moved to Olympia, Wash., and later to a suburb of Seattle, where he grew up playing Dungeons and Dragons as well as the bassoon, and participating in the Model U.N. (his "precursor" to acting). Through his digressions on favorite albums, unremarkable jobs, and his various acting teachers, Wilson's story is engaging. He eventually attends acting school at NYU during the 1980s. His description of gritty, raucous Manhattan at that time is spot-on, with memories of drug and alcohol escapades, muggings and robberies, bombing on Broadway (in a play, that is), and finally marrying the love of his life, becoming a father, and rediscovering his Baha'i faith (the latter explained in an informative addendum). 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. Agent: Richard Abate, Richard Abate Literary. (Nov.)[Page ]. Copyright 2015 PWxyz LLC