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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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    Robert MORAGA, CA, United States 03-07-14
    Robert MORAGA, CA, United States 03-07-14 Member Since 2012
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    "If you're a fan - definitely read it"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Paddle Your Own Canoe to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the print version.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Less episodic with more of a through line.


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

    No.


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

    How to be a real man.


    Any additional comments?

    Great cadence to the storytelling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Fayetteville, AR, United States 02-27-14
    Richard Fayetteville, AR, United States 02-27-14
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    "An interesting read."
    What made the experience of listening to Paddle Your Own Canoe the most enjoyable?

    Nick's narration.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nick...


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

    Great inflection!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Enjoyed the woodworking and farming stories when he was growing up in rural America.


    Any additional comments?

    Could do without the plethora of drug references and the ongoing slur of expletives but he is a very intelligent, funny guy with a great perspective on life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marzi 02-15-14
    Marzi 02-15-14

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    "I was prepared to be underwhelmed. I was wrong."
    If you could sum up Paddle Your Own Canoe in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, honest, funny.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Why Nick, of course. I am now inspired to construct a table with my own hands without the use of nails.


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

    What? He's narrating other books? Bring them on!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I can't point to one specific one, but I find that I'm eating more meat lately.


    Any additional comments?

    If I were a male, I would have cultivated some lush facial hair immediately after listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Cope 01-02-14
    C. Cope 01-02-14
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    "Don't listen while operating heavy machinery"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, any friend with a sense of humor. I've never seen Parks and Recreation before, but this was the funniest [audio]book I've consumed in years. Even my grandmother would probably spit her drink out laughing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Paddle Your Own Canoe?

    Nick discussing his high school sweetheart, who happened to be an evangelical Christian.


    What about Nick Offerman’s performance did you like?

    He's telling jokes designed for a deadpan delivery, so it's he'll do a better job of delivering them then you could with your own internal voice if you had read the actual book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not necessary.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jacob Cypress, TX, United States 12-30-13
    Jacob Cypress, TX, United States 12-30-13
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    "Interesting Biography"
    What made the experience of listening to Paddle Your Own Canoe the most enjoyable?

    The character background of Ron Swanson, the developments made by Nick Offerman, and his personal influences on the character.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Paddle Your Own Canoe?

    Finding out who he's married to, that was a surprize.


    Which character – as performed by Nick Offerman – was your favorite?

    Himself.


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

    Paddle your own Canoe"; Don't just float along dammit."


    Any additional comments?

    Great listen for those who enjoy the backgrounds of actors & their achieved goals and aspirations before the role they're known for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jordan Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 12-28-13
    Jordan Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 12-28-13 Member Since 2013

    I LIKE BOOK TALKY TALK

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    "NICK OFFERMAN? MORE LIKE SICK OFFER MAN!"
    If you could sum up Paddle Your Own Canoe in three words, what would they be?

    SCOTCH
    WOOD
    LAUGHING


    What did you like best about this story?

    NICK IS A GREAT STORYTELLER, HE SEEMS LIKE A DOWN TO EARTH AND GENUINELY AWESOME HUMAN BEING. I WOULD LOVE TO SIT DOWN AND HAVE A DRINK WITH THIS MAN.


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

    THIS IS NICK OFFERMAN BEING HIMSELF, HE ISNT BEING A CHARACTER AND I THINK HIS REAL PERSONALITY REALLY SHINES THROUGH, HE LAUGHS WHEN THINGS ARE FUNNY AND IT MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE HE'S JUST AROUND AND REGALING YOU WITH THE STORY OF HIS LIFE.


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

    SCOTCH
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    LAUGHING


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    joe mentor, OH, United States 12-22-13
    joe mentor, OH, United States 12-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A lack-luster dive into a boring family history"
    What would have made Paddle Your Own Canoe better?

    What was desperately needed was more of a spark, more 'umph', rather than a repetitive look down memory lane. Not only does Mr Offerman, a man whom I find spectacularly amusing as an actor, constantly repeat himself on his own religious views, but he tries to make you care for the people who made a difference in his own life. They all seem like very nice people, but his family and friends and their own morals are shoved down your ears with the same story every chapter. A very boring listen.


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    eric United States 11-19-13
    eric United States 11-19-13
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed Nick reading and telling the story of his life. But at times it was a little repetitive.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nick Offerman again?

    Perhaps.


    Could you see Paddle Your Own Canoe being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It will not be made in to a movie.


    1 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 2009
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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.

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    Peter 10-30-13
    Peter 10-30-13 Member Since 2009
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    "A Truly Great American Read"
    Would you listen to Paddle Your Own Canoe again? Why?

    I would definitely listen to Paddle Your Own Canoe again. I originally thought of buying this book in hardback, yet made the choice to hear it read aloud by Nick himself on an audiobook. Instantly I realized I made an amazing choice. Listening to Nick narrate his life in his own words was as entertaining and majestic as passing a bottle of whiskey around the campfire with friends, then in a drunken stupor, shooting off bottle rockets and running around naked. The experience would be nothing of the sort if I was reading it by myself, and hearing him actually sing the Rainbow Song, the one he wrote his wife Megan Mullally's birthday, made it all the better. As a fan of Parks and Rec and an avid follower of Offerman Woodworking, this book brought greater depth to a person who is often confined to the character Ron Swanson he plays on TV. And while his tone and affect still enlivened images in my head of the mustachio'd, deadpan Libertarian, I walked away with a greater respect and admiration of a hard-working American actor and icon. He's articulate, funny, thoughtful and entertaining.


    What other book might you compare Paddle Your Own Canoe to and why?

    The Heming Way by Beckerman, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson. Anything satirical yet honest when it needs to be.


    Which character – as performed by Nick Offerman – was your favorite?

    Himself. I feel like Offerman has as great sense of self-awareness as he does humor, and often it's masked by the character of Ron Swanson. To hear his vulnerable side, his hardships, successes, blatant sex drive and of course how much he loves his wife is inspirational.


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

    Laugh, for sure. His little ad libs as he reads along really personifies the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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