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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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    "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
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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
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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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    Reece Karbowski 03-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "What would Jesus do? Paddle my canoe!"

    Inspiring enough to make me want to change my life, hilarious enough to make me need to change my pants

    1 of 1 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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    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.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bradley Chattanooga, TN, United States 10-14-13
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    Would you listen to Paddle Your Own Canoe again? Why?

    Yes. It's an enjoyable listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The 'fake proposal' story


    Any additional comments?

    Don't expect this to be a bio of Ron Swanson

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    "Entertaining."

    This is a very nicely read memoir type reading by Offerman himself. I enjoyed his recollection and admiration for his wife very refreshing and sincere. He offered practical advise for young adults in the work needed to be employed in entertainment business. As a fan of "Ron Swanson", the book did not disappoint.

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    "So good you will want to listen to it multiple x"

    I've listened to this at least 5 times -- and it never gets old! It's one of the best biographies recorded.

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