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
This book was very well written and read by Nick Offerman. It was a sad, funny and incredibly hilarious. My favorite part was the poem at the end, it pumped me up for my day. I have many views that are the same as Nick and I believe he did a great job at explaining these views in a non-discriminatory fashion. My only beef with this story was how long and sometimes repetitive it was on the stories he was iterating.
If you're looking for a book full of Parks and Recreation jokes, keep looking. Offerman gives you an inside look at what has made him a successful actor, woodworker and most importantly, human being. If you have seen his "American Ham" show, this is very similar. He talks about life, and how he and you can live it to its fullest without preaching. Excellent read.
I find that I share many of the same views as Offerman, however, there was a lot of preaching near the beginning that caught me off guard. Overall, a good listen.
Since beginning to read this book I have begun drinking more scotch, appreciating my wife more, starting an amateur woodshop in my garage and enjoying red meat. Truly delicious living. Someday I'll make it to the canoe.
Liberals that claim to be "tolerant", but actually spend hours judging and condemning anyone with different beliefs than their own.
It started fine, then after a while it turned off onto this anti-Christian screed. In one breath admitting that the 1st amendment gives us the right to practice whatever faith we want and then in the next saying that it is fine only as long as you never profess those beliefs in public. By his lights any guidance you gain from faith must be excised and hidden from view. When he started telling me what was and was not allowed to be American. I had enough and turned it off.
He is an effective and engaging performer.
This book was awesome. I leaned a lot about Nick which I never knew before, discovered his road to acting success, and laughed frequently as he eloquently described his past ventures in acting, woodworking, and life in general. His advice is simply delicious!
Offerman has such a fantastic delivery, so it's so easy to listen to. But my absolute favorite part? When he talks about Megan. It's fantastic. (And also when he giggles his man giggle.)
Nick has such amazing control over his voice. It's fantastic to hear him read it, and, of course, the giggling.
Yes! I didn't, of course, with a 10 hour book, but I really enjoyed it and never felt fatigued by it.
I thought this might be a good book to give to my dad for Christmas, and I'm very thankful I listened to it first. It's not what I expected and probably not a story that fits in my relationship with my father. It's still one of the best books I've ever listened to. It's outstanding. I have zero regrets about buying this one, other than my waiting so long to do so.
"Nick Offerman isn't Ron Swanson"
I do not own the printed book, but it appears there is an abundance of visual matierial included within.
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.
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
NOT RON SWANSON, the story of woodworker turned actor.
I highly recommend this to anyone who has enjoyed Nick Offerman's acting.
"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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