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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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    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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    Ryan 04-05-15
    Ryan 04-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Thank you so much!"

    Thank you so much Mr. Offerman for this offering. I couldn't have said it better myself. No really half of the words you chose I don't know what the f#@k they mean.
    GREAT book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mills 04-01-15
    Mills 04-01-15
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    "F*cking Glorious"

    If you like the ideals and comedic values that Nick Offerman'd character "Ron Swanson" stands for then you should love this book. It will not only make you laugh out loud but in fact teach you a thing or two, if not make you think about things in a new perspective.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan 04-01-15
    Ryan 04-01-15
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    "Amazingly written, good damn book."

    The life lessons in this book combined with Nicks insights on American Patriotism and the film industry made it hard to put down. Simply amazing and honest, just what this country needs.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan 03-29-15
    Bryan 03-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Made me try new things"

    I wrote a song for my Lady, I planned a weekend canoe trip... This book really made me think about making my own "happy" instead of finding happiness in something or somewhere. Well done, Sir.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jorge Ecuador 02-24-15
    Jorge Ecuador 02-24-15
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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.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-13-15 Member Since 2015

    I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.

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    "A nice love letter from Nick to his wife"

    This book is all about Nick Offerman's life, philosophy and career, and his love and lust for his wife. It's a sweet story.

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    Sean Houston, Texas, United States 02-05-15
    Sean Houston, Texas, United States 02-05-15 Member Since 2009

    Say something about yourself!

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    "He keeps referring to it as a humorous book"

    I'm a fan of Parks & Rec. Loved Amy Poehler's book "Yes, Please". Am generally a fan of the Ron Swanson caricature Offerman has played.

    But in the first hour, this book is nothing but is Offerman lecturing the listener about organic foods (he's in favor of them), the joy of meat, and religion (keep your fictional stories to yourself) in a fairly condescending why-isn't-this-obvious-to-you manner.

    All of which would be forgivable if the book were funny. It's not. Not so far, anyway, and my patience is running out.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    William A. Moskal Jr. 03-03-14
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    "It's Nick Offerman, yo."
    Where does Paddle Your Own Canoe rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was a fine audiobook. Not as funny or touching as Tina Fey's Bossypants, but nice company while I was working around the house.


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

    It was a pleasure to hear the author tell his own tales - it definitely adds atmosphere to hear it in his own voice, like sitting at a bar listening to stories of his youth.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Nick Offerman is not Ron Swanson.


    Any additional comments?

    The book includes stories of Offerman's childhood on a farm in Illinois which were sweet and charming to hear. He also talks about his time in drama school and early days on stage, as well as moving to LA.

    Offerman is primarily an actor who performs works written by others, so his book isn't as polished or tight as one written by someone who is primarily a writer. I'm not sure, for example, why a chapter about his thoughts on religion and politics was included. It wasn't very groundbreaking or particularly insightful, nor was it what I was wanting. This book is only tangentially "a guide to delicious living." It's mostly "a guide to how Nick Offerman has spent his delicious life."

    Offerman seems to have a positive and grateful outlook on life, which colors all of the memories and anecdotes he shares and makes listening to the book a good experience. When I started listening, Offerman and his Parks and Recreation character, Ron Swanson, was linked firmly in my mind, but by the end I heard him as an artist who is currently on TV.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    James Oakville, ON, Canada 05-27-14
    James Oakville, ON, Canada 05-27-14 Member Since 2002
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    "Moderately interesting at time but way too preachy"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    OK, so the author isn't into religion or other people who openly profess their beliefs. I get it. But after the sixth time of going onto other topics and coming back to express his dislikes on this topic yet again? You don't see the hypocrisy and banging on and on about the same topic here?

    As for the rest of the story? Moderately interesting and sometimes gave me the odd chuckle. Not great and not terrible.


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    "Really great listen"

    The essence of nick offerman in a book! loved it. Very easy and enjoyable to listen to

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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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