'The Office' Star Brian Baumgartner Shares His Favorite Timeless Reads

Consider this his official application for The Finer Things Club. 'The Office' fans—IYKYK.

Brian Baumgartner, best known as Kevin Malone on the hit comedy The Office, gave Marie Claire a peek at his bookshelves, filled with classics like Shakespeare and Truman Capote, in the latest episode of Shelf Portrait (opens in new tab)—our video series in which celebrities, influencers, and famous bookworms show off their personal libraries.

In the video, Baumgartner shares some of his favorite books, including Truman Capote's In Cold Blood (opens in new tab) (pick it up if you love true crime!), Delia Owens's Where the Crawdad Sings (opens in new tab), David Sedaris's Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls (opens in new tab), and William Shakespeare's The Sonnets (opens in new tab) (Kathy Bates inscribed this book for him before they worked together!). 

Baumgartner also loves John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany (opens in new tab) and John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces (opens in new tab) (Ignatius J. Reilly is a character he has always wanted to play!). Like most of us, his favorite childhood book was Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree (opens in new tab) and, naturally, the author wishes the inimitable Steve Martin could read to him before bed.

Watch the hilarious video, above, and then order Baumgartner's own new book, Welcome to Dunder Mifflin: The Ultimate Oral History of The Office (opens in new tab), out now.