Book Review: License to Pawn

 Hello Readers! Have you ever found yourself being enamored with this show on The History Channel?
Have you found yourself wanting to know more about this Pawn Shop where so many interesting and historical items reach?
Then I implore you:  Read this book!
Title/Author:  License to Pawn:  Deals, Steals, and My Life at the Gold & Silver by Rick Harrison
Genre:  Biography, Memoirs, Humor
Published: May 20th, 2011 by Hyperion
Hardcover, 256 pages.
How I Got This Book:  Checked it out from my library.
Why I Picked It Up?:  Because I love this show! =)
Book Jacket Blurb:  “In Las Vegas, there’s a family-owned business called the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, rub by three generations of the Harrison family:  Rick; his son, Big Hoss; and Rick’s dad, the Old Man.  Now License to paw takes readers behind the scenes of the hit History show Pawn Stars and shares the fascinating life story of its star, Rick Harrison, and the equally intriguing story behind the shop, the customers, and the items for sale…”
My Review of the Work:
If you have ever wanted to know what exactly a pawn shop is and how it runs on a day to day basis, this book is very informative in that degree.  But if you are a fan of these people and want to know more about how they came to be the Pawn Stars, then seriously!  Pick this book up and read it!Rick Harris is just your ordinary businessman with an extraordinary business–he runs one of the few family-owned pawn shops in the country, and to date it is one of the biggest and one of the most used (and this was even before their TV debut!).  Rick, along with his father, Richard “Old Man”, and his son, Corey aka “Big Hoss”, own and run this magnificent shop that both serves as an asset and safety ground for long-time patrons who find themselves in need of some money as well as a window into a lot of the world’s history.

This biography is mostly about Rick–from his troubled childhood to becoming a reality tv star–and the history of the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop.  Told in Rick’s unique (and unsensored) voice, he discusses the ins and outs of starting, owning, and making deals in a pawn shop.  He tells the tales of long-time patrons, of his family, and of the unique items he has procured over the years.  But don’t worry, fans–there are also 3 chapters in Rick’s biography that are written by the other three favorites of the show:  Old Man, Corey, and, of course, Chumlee!   So yes, you do get to hear a little about their lives straight from them!I found this book to be really interesting and a really easy and fun read!  The stories were entertaining and answer a lot of questions about how the store runs and what the owners have to do now that they are on television.  And the fact that this biography is in Rick’s voice makes it that much more enjoyable!  It’s like listening to him speak on the show, which is just funny and entertaining!  It was nice to see the other side of the pawn shop–about the patrons and the pawn side, not just about the really cool objects being sold.  So yes, all you Pawn Star fans out there, this book is definitely worth a read!

My Bookshelf Rating:
A Fourth Shelf Book!
This Biography/Memoir is Rick Harrison’s voice to a T.  With an easy-going, humorous writing style, Rick gives his fascinating life story, from growing up with health problems to the slow-going start to his now super-successful business, and everything in between.  We get to learn about what the show doesn’t show as well as more about the things we love about the show.  A great read for fans of these Pawn Stars.
Love and $15,000 Death Clocks,
Jennifer
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