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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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    T. Taynor 03-16-15
    T. Taynor 03-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Nick Offerman is....."

    an American role model the likes of which are rare. Paddle your canoe my friend.

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    Airielle 03-11-15
    Airielle 03-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Offerman kills it!"

    Nick Offerman is hysterical. I'm so excited that he narrated his own audiobook. It made it even better. It's filthy at times and definitely not for everyone, but I loved it.

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    Don Johnson USA 03-08-15
    Don Johnson USA 03-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Quite interesting"

    Not what I expected, but it was certainly worth the listen. I found it to be less of a manly manifesto and more of a memoir.

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    John E Bellinger 03-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Satisfying"

    One man's many struggles including glue huffing, love obsession, and consuming 21 scoops of ice cream. A truly enjoyable listen.

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    Serena 02-28-15
    Serena 02-28-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Just the best"

    Nick Offerman is eloquent, hilarious and writes the best love story with just the right amount of crassness. Two very enthusiastic thumbs up. Fine holiday fun.

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    "Nick Offerman comes off as pedantic"
    Would you try another book from Nick Offerman and/or Nick Offerman?

    Niet, I thought this would be fun, much like Tina Fey's, but this is, I guess, for hardcore Offerman fans. This is the first audiobook I didn't finish because I didn't sympathize with the author.


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    "Toughen up people!"

    Listen up folks, time to toughen up and learn how to be real independent free thinking Americans again and Nick Offerman does a great job motivating you! Nick reminds us that we aren't as far from our roots as we think, if we're willing to try.

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    Nicholas J. Martin Birmingham, AL 02-18-15
    Nicholas J. Martin Birmingham, AL 02-18-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Great journey"

    Funny and Enjoyable read (or listen in this case). Nick's honest and fun with plenty of sage advice on enjoying life while enjoying those around you.

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    Lisa Dell 02-17-15
    Lisa Dell 02-17-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Many takeaways"

    Love the language. At first I thought he was sort of kidding, then a little pretentious, but then I realized he is just really smart and colorful!! Many memorable takeaways and one-liners from this book that stuck with me. I also grew up nearby (different generation) but that was nice to hear a good ol' Midwesterner's success story.

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    Mike Czawlytko PORT DEPOSIT, MD, US 02-16-15
    Mike Czawlytko PORT DEPOSIT, MD, US 02-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Get out of my brain Nick!"

    Thoughtful, honest, and hilarious. As it turns out, Ron Swanson doesn't come close to the quality of the man who portrays him. Read this book if you are human, especially a human interested in entertainment.

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    Harlow Essex England
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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.

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    "great book, inspiring, amusing, charming"

    A great insight into happiness, show business and good prosperous living in general with the entertaining and oh so wise Mr Offerman. highly recommended

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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 .

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  • Peter James Saunders
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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!!

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