'Parks and Recreation': Leslie Knope becomes an author

parks-and-rec-pawnee-book.jpg "Parks and Recreation's" setting of Pawnee, Ind., may be the most fleshed-out fictional town of any show this side of "The Simpsons." Soon you'll be able to spend even more time there.

NBC and Hyperion Books have announced the publication of "Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America," a 240-page book "written, completed, researched, typed, collated, proof-read and run through spell-check" by Leslie Knope, Amy Poehler's unflappably upbeat Pawnee booster.

"The ever-expanding town of Pawnee has become its own character in our show, and we're thrilled that we got to accelerate that expansion in one giant, goofy 240-page comedy book," "Parks and Rec" co-creator Mike Schur says. "It's a complete portrait of Everytown, USA, which every reader -- whether a fan of the show or a newbie -- can enjoy."

The book -- is written from Leslie's point of view, but other characters will have their say as well. Readers will also get a complete list of past town slogans ("First in friendship, fourth in obesity," "The Akron of southwest Indiana," etc.), a recounting of the time the entire town was on fire and a discussion of the continuing raccoon problem.

Leslie's history of Pawnee was mentioned in the Season 3 episode "Time Capsule," but fortunately for us the only copy wasn't buried in the capsule. "Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America" hits bookstores on Oct. 4, right around the time "Parks and Rec's" fourth season debuts on NBC.
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