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License to Pawn by Rick Harrison
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Oct 23, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: read-2012
Read from October 19 to 22, 2012

I thought that this memoir was going to be one of those poorly written ones that come zipping out after someone makes it big in a reality show and wants to capitalize on their fame. I was pleasantly surprised how wrong I was, not only was it well written, (sure he had a writer, but sometimes even those writers are terrible!) but it sounded like Mr, Harrison and his family really had their voices heard throughout. This was an easy read and quite enjoyable for two reasons. One, everyone in the book was quite frank and open about their not-so-perfect lives, which I felt made them appear to be more real, likable and even endearing. I also really liked the many stories about the pawn business because it was not only just simply funny or shocking, but it helped shed light on and educate the masses about a business most of us know little to nothing about. Readers can't help sharing in Mr. Harrison's enthusiasm over his job, and to me that was also wonderful to experience since so many of us are anything but enthused about the daily drudgery of our work life. The only part I thought was a bit wonky throughout the book was the seemingly random chapters written from his family and Chumlee's perspective. I liked the chapters, but they were a bit disjointed and shoved in the book with no rhyme or reason - perhaps if they were all grouped in one section it would have made a bit more sense.
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