“Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America”

Written by Andrew Sercombe March 05, 2012

“Pawnee: First in Friendship, Fourth in Obesity”


“Treat Yo Self” to this Parks and Rec print companion.

Pawnnee: The Greatest Town in America

By Nate DiMeo and the creative team of “Parks and Recreation”


South of Route 37 lies the city of Pawnee Indiana.  Home of JJ’s Diner, Little Sebastian, and the cast of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation.” Capturing the rich, quaint, lovable history of the city is the book Pawnnee: The Greatest Town in America. Nate DiMeo and the creative team of “Parks” have managed to build over the course of four seasons the fictional city of Pawnee in the background of the show, and now the city and its history are at the forefront for readers to enjoy “Parks” humour in print. Their book is the perfect companion to “Parks” enthusiast, and gives even the casual viewer an entertaining insight into the heart of small-town America.


Pawnee isn’t real. It is a fictional every-town; a metaphor for small town America and the big people that live in them. The creators of “Parks” have been given the opportunity to construct the city’s history from the ground up. DiMeo and co. often borrow from the show, but complete the lore of Pawnee, building on what audiences have already been shown on television.

The book is written from the point of view of “Parks’” protagonist Leslie Knope, Deputy Director of Parks and Rec. The book was actually a central plot point this season of Parks and Rec – Similar to Barney Stinson’s “Bro Code” in CBS’ “How I Met Your Mother.” Pawnnee: The Greatest Town in America includes contributions written from the point of view of the show’s characters. An in-depth history surrounded by stock images right out of any tourism pamphlet, fictional portraits and biographies of past settlers, war heroes, and politicians, and ads for Pawnee’s 93.7 WQFY, Sweetums, and The Pawnee Journal help Pawnnee: The Greatest Town in America turn Pawnee into a living, breathing city.


“Parks” greatest quality is the sense of community it builds on the show. With Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America, this community is built upon and expanded to welcome the reader to Pawnee.


On television, the characters of “Parks” are working to shape the city through local government, but after reading this book, it is obvious the city has shaped them. Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America is a book built upon the show’s inside jokes, and expands small parts of the show into drawn out, real pieces of the “Parks” world. The book is an enjoyable, humorous read none the less if you have not discovered “Parks” yet, and is a great companion to those who tune in each week to watch Leslie Knope and the Parks and Rec department.



Interesting facts about Pawnee you will find in this book:


Pawnee’s biggest business and employer: Sweetums

A candy factory that would even make Willy Wonka jealous. Sweetums is every bit vital to the town’s health as it is detrimental to one’s actual health.


Pawnee’s Number 1 Night Club: Snakehole Lounge

“If the Snakehole is open, GO THERE IMMEDIATELY. If it’s not, WAIT ON LINE COMIC-CON STYLE UNTILL THAT SHIZZ OPENS UP!!!” – Jean Ralphio


Pawnee’s City Sport – Basketball

“Zone basketball – Don’t ever play zone defense. Zone is a particularly Michigan-flavoured style of weakness” – Ron Swanson


Miss Pawnee: Trish Ianetta

Her Talent: Boomin’ – This is the proper term for her talent, according to Miss Pawnee judge Tom Haverford


Pawnee is home to over one hundred thousand racoons.

The nature of such number has been studied by scientists for years.


Arch Rival City: Eagleton, Indiana – Don’t go there

Located west of Pawnee, populated by 9,500 of the biggest ass-faces you have ever met


Town Holiday: Toastmas – celebrating the Pawnee bread factory fire of 1922


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