AT THE LI­BRARY

Waterloo Region Record - - Books -

Laura Pea­cock is the man­ager of Col­lec­tions Sup­port at the Water­loo Pub­lic Li­brary. She rec­om­mends:

“The Great­est Love Story Ever Told” by Me­gan Mul­lally & Nick Of­fer­man (Dut­ton, 288 pages, 2018)

Cheeky, quirky, and ro­man­tic: the cover of “The Great­est Love Story Ever Told” per­fectly cap­tures the tone of this col­lec­tion of sto­ries by Me­gan Mul­lally (“Will & Grace”) and Nick Of­fer­man (“Parks & Re­cre­ation”). It’s ev­ery­thing you’d ex­pect from the duo.

Each chap­ter cov­ers a con­ver­sa­tion ini­tially recorded by the cou­ple on an iPhone. The phys­i­cal book also in­cludes fun pho­tos to go along with the sto­ries. How­ever, only on au­dio­book will you get the full ef­fect of the cou­ple’s dry hu­mour (noth­ing beats a clas­sic Of­fer­man line de­liv­ery), plus snip­pets of songs by Nancy & Beth, Mul­lally’s band.

The cou­ple’s hu­mour and their abil­ity to one-up each other through ad-lib­bing pro­pels top­ics such as how they met, be­ing an in­tro­vert in Hol­ly­wood, their grow­ing brood of dogs, a de­vo­tion to jig­saw puz­zles, and their early at­tempts to have chil­dren (just to name a few). What you learn about their lives as they built their ca­reers first on stage, then on screen, is just as fas­ci­nat­ing as their tid­bits on life and mar­riage. Even if you’re un­fa­mil­iar with the cou­ple and their act­ing roles, their sto­ries are sure to be a won­der­ful es­cape.

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