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The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s: An Oral History | Andy Greene
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The untold stories behind The Office, one of the most iconic television shows of the twenty-first century, told by its creators, writers, and actors When did you last hang out with Jim, Pam, Dwight, Michael, and the rest of Dunder Mifflin? It might have been back in 2013, when the series finale aired . . . or it might have been last night, when you watched three episodes in a row. But either way, fifteen years after the show first aired, its more popular than ever, and fans have only one problem--what to watch, or read, next. Fortunately, Rolling Stone writer Andy Greene has that answer. In his brand-new oral history, The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s, Greene will take readers behind the scenes of their favorite moments and characters. Greene gives us the true inside story behind the entire show, from its origins on the BBC through its impressive nine-season run in America, with in-depth research and exclusive interviews. Fans will get the inside scoop on key episodes from "The Dundies" to "Threat Level Midnight" and "Goodbye, Michael," including behind-the-scenes details like the battle to keep it on the air when NBC wanted to pull the plug after just six episodes and the failed attempt to bring in James Gandolfini as the new boss after Steve Carell left, spotlighting the incredible, genre-redefining show created by the family-like team, who together took a quirky British import with dicey prospects and turned it into a primetime giant with true historical and cultural significance. Hilarious, heartwarming, and revelatory, The Office gives fans and pop culture buffs a front-row seat to the phenomenal sequence of events that launched The Office into wild popularity, changing the face of television and how we all see our office lives for decades to come.
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currentlyreadinginCO
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Read this if you know these 9 seasons by heart and want to learn the behind-the-scenes of one of the greatest comedic shows. It's a fun read and focuses on the interesting episodes and off-screen information. I enjoyed the heck out of it. ❤️

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AmyG
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Barnes & Noble is killing it on Threads. 🙌🏻

BarbaraBB 🤣 5mo
Deblovestoread Love it! 😂 5mo
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OriginalCyn620
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I‘ve been wanting to make up one of these ornaments for about 3 years…finally did it! 😂

#wintergames #holidaycraft #candycanecrushers

Clwojick AHHHHH I love this! 7mo
AmyG 🙌🏻 7mo
Catsandbooks 😂😂🙌🏼❤️perfect! 7mo
peanutnine 😂😂😂 7mo
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Silverneurotic
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I have never had much patience for puzzles, but started out with a 300 piece and actually enjoyed it.

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Charityann
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And watched all the holiday episodes of The Office. #wintergames2021 #mistletoemaniacs @Clwojick

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DebinHawaii
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I watched three of the office Halloween episodes last night, so with this post that‘s 16 points for #teamhendrix
I hope to watch “Here‘s Treble” sometime this week.

#scarathlon #scarathlon2021

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Charityann
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Watched all six of The Office Halloween episodes last night! 🎃😈👻 #teamslaughter #scarathlon2021 @Clwojick

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Rachel725
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Different from my usual read, but very informative and interesting. A great gift for any fan of The Office! Not quick, but enjoyable and memorable… (That‘s what she said)

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RavencrowNeversmiles
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This was such a great read for any office fan they include so much details on the set to cast its a fun read

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Mesica25
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I enjoyed all the behind the scenes info.

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JenReadsAlot
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I was so looking forward to this book as I loved The Office.... just bored at times reading the dialogue. #doublespin for January @TheAromaofBooks

Laughterhp I felt the same way 4y
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 4y
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Laughterhp
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My husband bought an Xbox, so this is my life now 🙄 but I am reading a ton so can‘t complain!

I didn‘t really love this book. I don‘t read a lot of nonfiction or books about tv shows, but it was all basically quotes from other people and this guy compiling them. It‘s not a book you could get sucked into because the flow was off. I‘m glad I read it and it was definitely fun to see all those behind the scene thoughts.

#BookSpinBingo - free 25

Laughterhp #NonFiction2021 - Book about the past/history 4y
Cinfhen Ugh....I remember when my hubby bought his first game system 😫😖😬at least you have your books ♥️ 4y
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Scochrane26 I like the Office Ladies podcast, even though it‘s not my favorite show. 4y
Laughterhp @Scochrane26 I like that podcast too. It‘s not my favorite either and they annoy me sometimes, but I like learning about the office. 4y
alisiakae Aww, I have this one on my TBR, but it‘s not the kind of book I read very often either. @Scochrane26 I also love Office Ladies! My daughter is obsessed with The Office, we binged all the shows together the first few months of the shutdown, and now we‘re going back and listening to the podcasts. 4y
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Charityann
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Watched the last four Christmas episodes of The Office. 🎄😆🎅🏼 #merryreaders #wintergames @Clwojick

j9brown Are you impish or admirable? 😆 4y
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Charityann
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Watched four Christmas episodes of the Office.🎄🎅🏼😆 #merryreaders #wintergames @Clwojick

melissajayne And Michael comes back burned from that trip 4y
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OriginalCyn620
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Watched all 7 Christmas episodes of The Office! 💚🎄🎅🏻
#wintergames2020 #merryreaders 35+1=36pts

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Jadams89
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Today I watched The Office Christmas episodes. It‘s so hard to pick a favorite!! +41 #MerryReaders #WinterGames

Nikki_E They are all so cringe worthy and oh so funny. 4y
null000 Belsnickel is my favorite! 4y
Clwojick The scene with the wrapped desk 😂 4y
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melissajayne
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Time for an #theoffice Christmas party #wintergames2020 #readnosedreindeer episode is Secret Santa 6.13

Points: 5 + 1 = 6 + 37 = 43

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JenReadsAlot
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I'm not sure who posted this for #wintergames but I thank them as I watched them all today 😊 #readnosedreindeer @StayCurious

melissajayne Season 6 episode 13 is also a Christmas episode 4y
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Melmar
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Watching a Xmas episode of the office. Moroccan Xmas party turns intervention for Meredith. #wintergames2020 #teamreadnosedreindeer @StayCurious

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OriginalCyn620
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As a big fan of the show, I really enjoyed this behind the scenes account of its nine-season run. I learned lots that I didn‘t know before!

#bookspinbingo
#booked2020 #newin2020

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4y
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alisiakae
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You may have noticed The Office book on my TBR for this month. Well, I am also listening to Jenna & Angela‘s Office Ladies podcast for the first time. So many tidbits I didn‘t know about! Like the fact that Meredith is played by a different actor in the Pilot. And how much Brian (who plays Kevin), changes the character‘s voice over the 1st few seasons. #TIL #nfn2020

I‘m saving the serious nonfiction for post-election day. 🤞😰

JenReadsAlot This book is on my list for November too. 4y
Scochrane26 I like their podcast a lot. 4y
Clwojick I really need to listen to this! I'm obsessed with The Office. 4y
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Charityann
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Watched the other three Halloween episodes of The Office last night. 🎃 16pts. #teamslaughter #scarathlon @Clwojick

null000 Best show ever 4y
Clwojick Oh Dwight 🤣 4y
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Charityann
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Watched three Halloween episodes of The Office. 🎃 16pts. #teamslaughter #scarathlon @Clwojick

Clwojick 🤣🤣🤣 The best! 4y
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JenReadsAlot
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Couple Halloween shows I watched today as well. @Clwojick #TeamSlaughter 11 points
Man I love the Office!

Clwojick 🖤♥️🎃 4y
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MicrobeMom
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This book is for true fans. Excellent interviews with every person involved with the show. I am a true fan and watched it all through my 20s. I definitely learned things about the show. However, parts of the book were slow with different people saying the exact same thing for several pages. You get the sense that people loved working in this show and loved the characters. 3⭐️s

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I was late to The Office party, but this is still relevant to the current administration.

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Andrea313
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Halfway through this and had to stop to watch a few of the episodes discussed so far. 😂 I was not a fan of #TheOffice past the first few seasons, but this is a fun glimpse inside all the same. #currentlyreading

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DebinHawaii
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#MarvelousMay #keeplitsypositive #gratitude

Today I give thanks for The Office. I have 3 TV shows I can quote annoyingly because I will stop & watch all the reruns pretty much any chance I get. Seinfeld, Friends & my #1 show is The Office. Needing lots of humor to get through the past few months, I‘m rewatching it frequently & LOVED the recent cast reunion on SGN. 😍 I‘m thankful the e-book was $5 today, my max price point for buying e-books.🤗

JoScho I just finished it for the first time. It was a lot of fun and I watched that episode of SGN after you posted-made me happy! 4y
Suetara I love the show and really enjoyed this book. 4y
BennettBookworm Awesome book! It‘s my favorite show, too! 4y
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BarbaraBB I haven‘t seen the US Office but I loved the English one 😂 4y
Laughterhp Omg then reuniting on SGN 😭😭. Do you listen to the Office Ladies Podcast? It‘s pretty interesting, but I know some people find them annoying to listen to. 4y
JenReadsAlot Yes!! I just bought this book too. 4y
Maria514626 Oh that show! ❤️❤️❤️ Michael burning his foot on the Foreman grill was the first thing that came to mind. 😂😂😂 4y
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MrBook
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4/4 😂👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 #LitsyHumor

BookwormAHN 😹😹😹 4y
Mrs_B That‘s brilliant. 4y
Slajaunie 😂😂😂 4y
JessClark78 😂😂 4y
TheSpineView 😂 😂 😂 4y
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JenReadsAlot
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#bookmail might have bought a couple more books to support a favorite bookstore!

Bklover It‘s the least we can do! 👍😉 4y
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Kelsyereadsbooks
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 this book was like a big, warm hug. I watch the office religiously, and so “reuniting” with these characters and actors was wildly entertaining. Fun fact: I used to live a few blocks away from the Dunder Mifflin set!

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BennettBookworm
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A book all about the behind-the-scenes of The Office? What could be better?! I loved this so much and it was great to reconnect with old friends. Brought back a lot of memories 😭❤️
Thank you for this gift, @LiteraryinLititz !!

Nikki_E I need this in my life. 4y
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Jess_Franzino
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While non-fiction, let alone anything that has to do with pop culture and media usually isn‘t my jam when it comes to books, I couldn‘t pass up one written about my favorite show of all time. Great insight, thoughtful, and oddly enough, I got a lot out of it as a writer.

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It feels indulgent and out-of-character for me to spend an afternoon making a non-utilitarian craft while listening to a book about a TV show, but it was pretty fun. I'm currently re-watching the show with my family, and it's interesting to hear behind-the-scenes stories (at 1.75x). The audiobook would be better with actual cast and crew rather than narrators.
#bookspinbonanza Book 17 (out of order)
@TheAromaofBooks

ImperfectCJ And I find it a little alarming how much time and how many resources we spend creating and consuming entertainment. I have trouble enjoying myself because I keep thinking about Neil Postman's Amusing Ourselves to Death. 4y
rjsthumbelina I was just thinking today how a majority of my money goes to food and entertainment! But I guess I don't feel too bad about that,most of the time. I feel like finding the joys in life are important, especially in times like these. And, my consumption of entertainment (which makes me happy) also fuels economic spending and helps others make their money! 4y
TheAromaofBooks Great review, and I love the butterfly!! 4y
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Scochrane26 Love the butterfly! I don‘t feel bad about spending money on entertainment if I enjoy it. Last yr, 4 of The Office actors came to our area Comic-Con & their panel was so packed they had to turn people away. It was hilarious-they we‘re the actors that play Oscar, Creed, Stanley, & Meredith. 4y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty!! I‘m making bookmarks when I should be doing #LitsyLove and reading... just feeling blah 😒 4y
ImperfectCJ @rjsthumbelina @Scochrane26 I was talking less about individual spending and more about our spending as a culture. I mean, they spent 12-hour days, 7 days a week putting this show together, they built a mock-up of a rest area and a 4-lane highway for a 33-second scene, they were going to pay $1200 for a fake cat...and that's just one show. It just seems...excessive when there are so many problems confronting the world. I'm in a mood, apparently. 4y
ImperfectCJ @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I almost made bookmarks! I'm having such a hard time getting myself to sit down and do #litsylove. Not sure what's up with me at the moment. Maybe some "blah" here, too. 4y
ImperfectCJ @TheAromaofBooks Thanks! My daughter worked on it with me. I tried not to micromanage too much. 😆 4y
Scochrane26 @ImperfectCJ I agree about the overall spending of the entertainment business. It‘s crazy that millions are spent on stunts in movies, etc. 4y
Susannah This reminds me of a Lite Brite design! (I hope you know what that is. And I definitely mean it as a compliment. 😊) 4y
ImperfectCJ @Susannah I do know Lite Bright... you're totally right! I hadn't noticed the similarity before. I wonder if that's what drew me to the craft kit. 😊 4y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @ImperfectCJ Ive been blah too!! 4y
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ImperfectCJ
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"Throughout the nine-season run of The Office, the Dunder Mifflin warehouse set was the filming location for everything from a brutal all-staff roast of regional manager Michael Scott to the casino party where paper salesman Jim Halpert finally gathered up the courage to tell his long-time crush Pam Beesly, that he was hopelessly in love with her."

Umm...spoiler?

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

CareBear How is this book? 4y
ImperfectCJ @CareBear I'm not sure yet. It's not my usual preference but my is working through the series again and it seemed like a good accompaniment. Might be better in audiobook form if it has audio excerpts of interviews. 4y
ImperfectCJ @CareBear I left out a word...my *family is working through the series. 4y
CareBear Thanks! I think I‘ll check out the audio version. 4y
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Mcbsid23
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This was such a cool love letter to a show that broke the mold.

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SLibrarian5
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Another fun read. It was interesting to learn how the background of a show works with all the moving parts. A must read if you are a fan of “The Office.”

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Mcbsid23
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Interesting behind the scenes stuff about Steve Carrell‘s exit ... #booknerd

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BookishTrish
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Rare solo #audiowalk

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Mcbsid23

One of my favorites...

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linipanini
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I LOVE THIS BOOK. It felt like taking a seat at the table and seeing the show from its inception to end. For anyone who is a fan of the show this is a 👏🏽 must 👏🏽 read 👏🏽. *also hi this is my face, I work overnights in a hospital so some nights my job is watching patients sleep so they don‘t come to and hurt themselves by accident or on purpose-and they‘re always fun because I get to READ* #survivingcovid

Hoopiefoot How interesting! I never thought of someone needing to do that but it completely makes sense. Stay safe! 4y
linipanini Thank you!! 4y
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AvidReader25
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Obviously this book is only for people who love the show. it gives a detailed breakdown of its creation, casting, and the entire run, including character development and key episodes. It was fun to hear about possible plot lines that were discarded. The book gave me a huge respect for the writers on the show and the incredible hard work they did. It will always be a classic to me, though I loved Greg Daniels‘ Parks and Rec even more.

ShyBookOwl Watching Parks and Rec at this very moment lol this is probably my 5th re-watch ❤ The Office is great too 4y
AvidReader25 @ShyBookOwl I love re-watching Parks & Rec so much! It‘s one of my top shows of all time. 🧇 4y
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LiteraryinLawrence
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I ordered this for @BennettBookworm because she is more of a serious Office fan than I am. Then I ended up reading it because I didn‘t see her when we were going to (but I‘ll mail it now, Suz). It was really fun! And it prompted me to go watch the series from the start because now I know all these insider things about how it was made. Very entertaining and includes lots of interviews with the cast, writers, network execs, as well as pictures.

BennettBookworm Yayyyy!! 4y
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CaliforniaCay
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Congrats @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks on being so close to reaching such a huge milestone! And thanks for the chance to win your #5n5giveaway!
For me:
Best read of 2019: Slay by Brittney Morris
Most anticipated release of 2020: The Office by Andy Greene

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you Cayla!! Got you added!! 💕💕 4y
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nitalibrarian
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Here are the books my library received today. I didn't order as much and so all fit on one side of the cart. I'm looking forward to the tagged book. The Office is my go to show to watch when I'm not in the mood for anything else.

blank I have The Office book ordered for delivery tomorrow! 4y
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Sharpeipup
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With so many people working from home, here‘s a book about the office for all ages.

https://people.com/tv/the-office-childrens-book/

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Books88
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This year has been insane.

riversong153 Hahahaha 4y
Suet624 Truth. 4y
nelehelen Lollll 4y
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