Tuesday, January 17, 2012

License to Pawn

License to Pawn: Deals, Steals, and My Life at the Gold and Silver
Rick Harrison & Tim Keown
272 pages

This book is an autobiography of Rick Harrison, star of History Channel's Pawn Stars.  Harrison discusses his family history and early life as well as his present situation as a star of a reality TV show.  Along the way he tells how his father struggled to start a second-hand store in Las Vegas and how that store eventually transformed into the successful pawn shop it is today.  "The Old Man," Corey, and Chumlee also contribute to this book, adding their perspectives and discussing how they helped contribute to the pawn shop's present day success.

I occasionally watch Pawn Stars, so it was interesting to get insight into the real people behind the show.  I admit that Chumlee's chapter sounded more like Tim Keown must have written the whole thing.  However, I underestimated Chumlee's ability to be thoughtful and reflective and was pleasantly surprised.  I also thought Rick was a bit full of himself in places, but overall, it was an interesting read.

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