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Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living | [Nick Offerman]

Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living

Growing a perfect moustache, grilling red meat, wooing a woman - who better to deliver this tutelage than the always charming, always manly Nick Offerman, best known as Parks and Recreation's Ron Swanson? Combining his trademark comic voice and very real expertise in woodworking - he runs his own woodshop - Paddle Your Own Canoe features tales from Offerman's childhood in small-town Minooka, Illinois, to his theater days in Chicago, beginnings as a carpenter/actor and the hilarious and magnificent seduction of his now-wife Megan Mullally.
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Publisher's Summary

Parks and Recreation actor Nick Offerman shares his humorous fulminations on life, manliness, meat, and much more in his first book.

Growing a perfect moustache, grilling red meat, wooing a woman - who better to deliver this tutelage than the always charming, always manly Nick Offerman, best known as Parks and Recreation's Ron Swanson? Combining his trademark comic voice and very real expertise in woodworking - he runs his own woodshop - Paddle Your Own Canoe features tales from Offerman's childhood in small-town Minooka, Illinois - "I grew up literally in the middle of a cornfield" - to his theater days in Chicago, beginnings as a carpenter/actor and the hilarious and magnificent seduction of his now-wife Megan Mullally. It also offers hard-bitten battle strategies in the arenas of manliness, love, style, religion, woodworking, and outdoor recreation, among many other savory entrees.

A mix of amusing anecdotes, opinionated lessons and rants, sprinkled with offbeat gaiety, Paddle Your Own Canoe will not only tickle readers pink but may also rouse them to put down their smart phones, study a few sycamore leaves, and maybe even handcraft (and paddle) their own canoes.

©2013 Nick Offerman (P)2013 Penguin

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    Kyle Hattiesburg, Ms, United States 01-03-14
    Kyle Hattiesburg, Ms, United States 01-03-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Like bacon for your ears"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Paddle Your Own Canoe to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I read through half of the printed edition until I found out the author read the audio version. Without hesitation I downloaded this book and let ten hours fly by as I listened to this gentle, bear-like man recite prose that made my chest hair grow


    What does Nick Offerman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Is this a question? Have you heard him talk? His man giggle? Phenomenal stuff, really.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed much, but more importantly I could feel my twenty-something-year-old inner yuppie child quiver before a new mountain man like giant of self reliance and well roundedness


    Any additional comments?

    You'll love it more than Ron Swanson. I read this book going in with the idea that it'd be more of a book on life from the humorous outlook of Ron Swanson ( A character played by Offerman on Parks and Rec.) Instead, I was delightfully surprised to hear Nick's recounts of growing up with larger than life parental figures, his often humor infused humility, and his down to earth life lessons. I Will listen to it again.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    OpenMindedNotCredulous California, USA 11-17-13
    OpenMindedNotCredulous California, USA 11-17-13 Member Since 2014

    Secular humanist. Atheist. Dog lover (having had as many as four dogs in my pack). Skeptic.

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    "On the need to acknowledge the role luck plays"

    I don't think I've ever laughed so much listening to a book. Admittedly I'm in the ideal demographic for this book: a middle age male who enjoys living life with gusto, eating and drinking heartily, and working with wood. Still, I suspect that anyone who enjoys the TV show "Parks and Recreation" will enjoy this book. This is essentially an autobiography but with a lot of wit, wry humor and frequent acknowledgement that he's been lucky. It leaves no doubt that Nick is someone you'd be happy to call a friend.

    Warning: If you're a fundamentalist christian you're likely to be offended by his observations regarding religion in the early part of the book. But if you're an atheist or at least religiously liberal you'll enjoy those parts as much as everything else he has to say.

    29 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua Kring 03-30-15 Member Since 2013

    The least helpful reviewer on audible.

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    "No, it's not hilarious..."
    Any additional comments?

    It's a really good book, but it's not hilarious. It's amusing, it's entertaining, it's motivating, but it's not laugh out loud funny. I liked this book. I liked it a lot. I love Ron Swanson, and I found it very interesting to see where Ron Swanson ends and Nick Offerman begins. I don't agree with all of Offerman's views, but it's damn close. He's a cool guy. He's lived a cool life. He's not a bad writer. I recommend this.

    End review!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas 04-07-15
    Douglas 04-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Putting this on repeat"

    Best book ever. Restarting and listening again. I dont think I've laughed so hard in my life. Very glad Nick read the book himself.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bo T. Eriksen Oslo, Norway 04-06-15
    Bo T. Eriksen Oslo, Norway 04-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fun and inspiring!"

    A fun and wellwriten book on how to enjoy life more inspiring than most self help books. Let's eat them steaks and head fore the woodshop y'all!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Murphy Vancouver, Wa 11-03-13
    Eric Murphy Vancouver, Wa 11-03-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Entertaining listen"

    I listened to this in one sitting. I couldn't stop. Partly because Nick Offerman has a hypnotic voice, and partly because I was simply curious about what he had to say. He is a fascinating man that legitamately loves his life.

    I reccomend it highly. It seems many people wanted a book written by Ron Swanson, but I prefer this. There is a depth of charm and wisdom that wouldn't be there had this book been on meat and scotch.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    DoxFamily 05-01-15
    DoxFamily 05-01-15 Member Since 2012
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    "The dude really doesn't like Christians. "

    Just a heads up. About 1/3 of the book feels like he bashes on people who don't believe like him. Other than that, a decent a read.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    chris 06-20-15
    chris 06-20-15
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    "Dissapointing"
    What disappointed you about Paddle Your Own Canoe?

    I was really hoping for this to be comedic/inspirational but instead it was a pretty boring walk through of his life. Most of it was him talking about how great his family is, with no comedic value. Also, he rails Christians for being narrow minded and hurtful to society because of their judgments. His whole point was believe what you want but don't push it on others. All the while, he is insulting and making fun of sacred Christian practices. I'm not a crazy Christian but I was pretty offended. The hypocrisy was very disappointing. If you don't want me to push my beliefs on others why are you shoving your atheism down my throat and insulting my chosen belief system? Poor show.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nick Offerman again?

    no


    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Claudia H Philadelphia, PA 07-21-15
    Claudia H Philadelphia, PA 07-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A Man's Man"

    I am a huge fan of Nick Offerman and the character of Ron Swanson, whom I consider the love of my life. As mentioned in other reviews, there are times when the book comes off as a bit preachy, there were times when I was agitated by this and didn’t really want to listen. That doesn’t come until much later in the book. What saved this book, and makes it far superior to the print version, is getting the chance to hear him sing; this is an experience I would have missed out on had I just read the book. It’s a good listen if you can ignore the preaching parts.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy St Joseph, IL 04-06-15
    Jeremy St Joseph, IL 04-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great listen"

    Very enjoyable insight into Nick Offerman's rise to stardom. Narrated by the author it was as hilarious as it was insightful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Harlow Essex England
    7/13/14
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    "Nick Offerman isn't Ron Swanson"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Paddle Your Own Canoe to be better than the print version?

    I do not own the printed book, but it appears there is an abundance of visual matierial included within.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Autobiographies read by the author, have those little flourishes that they experienced at the time. Hearing Nick giggle as he repeated events from his past, if it's good enough for the author to laugh at it's fine in my book.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The whole section on belief, in relation to others. The fact people will always confuse a character for an actor and having differing opinions is an almost constant


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    NOT RON SWANSON, the story of woodworker turned actor.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this to anyone who has enjoyed Nick Offerman's acting.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Leo
    2/17/15
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    "He is better than his father ."

    Listen to the book. You will find out what that means, why it's true, and why this is possibly the best autobiography on audible. And his awesome voice doesn't hurt either .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Peter James Saunders
    12/31/14
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    "The most amazing and joyous listen"

    As a massive Ron Swanson fan, I really thought that this audiobook would be completely different, but I'm so glad it surprised me! I truly enjoyed listening to his point of views and side with him on most, he is also a very funny dude but as you go on realise very intelligent. Thoroughly recommend this book!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • M. B. Walker
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    7/21/15
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    "Great Storyteller"
    What did you like most about Paddle Your Own Canoe?

    Offerman's approach to the book as a whole, lighthearted with real knowledge and passion about what he's talking about.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mr Offerman himself of course, particularly as a child.


    Any additional comments?

    A fun, interesting listen for fans and newcomers alike.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • david
    7/20/15
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    "A fantastic listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Paddle Your Own Canoe the most enjoyable?

    Nick has a great voice, soothing and intriguing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story about his wife's breasts


    Have you listened to any of Nick Offerman’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No yet


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The lucky bastard


    Any additional comments?

    Very similar to his stand up show, which is great. But Nick needs to branch out for my money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    7/18/15
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    "Offerman takes the boring idea of a memoir and turns it into something delicious"

    This is a great read about a fascinating life. Offerman's perspective on life is delightfully uplifting and as a creative person who has fallen off the horse somewhat, Offerman's words have encouraged me to get back on.

    Offerman's performance is fantastic and takes full advantage of the medium, it very much feels like he is telling you a story rather than just reading it aloud. Something I would expect from a professional actor.

    I would recommend to anyone who enjoys comedy, aspiring creative types, or anyone who enjoys working with their hands and getting dirty. Delicious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rory Buckley
    6/11/15
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    "Excellent delivery of a solid book"

    The best audiobiography I've listened to as yet - really enjoyed it. Highly recommended to any budding Swansons

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Physics Geek
    Scotland
    5/31/15
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    "Great stuff"

    Great stuff. Sound advice. Many laughs. Wonderfully read by the author. I may seek out his other work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angelique
    4/22/15
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    "Pure Briliance"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Nick Offerman narrating is just the greatest. He really brings his book to life and gives it an added dimension. Already a fan of his after watching him in Parks and Rec, my husband and I just loved the whole thing.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Oh we laughed out loud a lot!


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone needs this book in their life, Nick Offerman is an amazing person and it was so wonderful to hear him talk about his life and his experiences. He has some interesting views on religion, food..all sorts. It's excellent from start to finish!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Milkslice
    London, UK
    4/3/15
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    "Great stuff from a humble man"

    Enjoyed it thoroughly. Even if you aren't w parks and rec fan I'd still recommend it as it's an interesting tale of Nick's life

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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