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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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    JPossiel 01-31-15
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    "Incredibly entertaining!"

    Life experience that equates to hilarious advice. A must listen which has led me to also purchase the hardcover for my bookshelf for a lifelong of re-reading of laughter and lessons.

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    jacob 01-27-15
    jacob 01-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "insightful and funny"

    i loved this book it is very entertaining, funny, and a great brief glimpse into Nick Offerman's life.

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    catie smierciak 01-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Offerman makes your heart into soup"

    Humble, kind, funny and raunchy, Nick Offerman's tale will either inspire you to live more deliciously or remind you f how deliciously you live. Maybe both. Otherwise, you have no heart to be made into soup in the first place and/or you're a vegetarian.

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    Renee 01-18-15
    Renee 01-18-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Be yourself, be a real person."

    It's Nick Offerman being himself...being a real person. Pretty simple really. I enjoyed it and was reminded to do the same.

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    Chris 01-17-15
    Chris 01-17-15
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    "Awesome book"

    Listening to this book was like sitting back with a drink whilst hand carving a paddle on the bank of the small lake you've dug made with your backhoe. It's satisfying is what I mean.

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    Kara 01-15-15
    Kara 01-15-15
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    "Inspirational"

    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.

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    Stephen Heup 01-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "MORE THAN JUST RON SWANSON"

    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.

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    Benjamin Hilton East Tennessee 01-05-15
    Benjamin Hilton East Tennessee 01-05-15

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    "Not what I was expecting."

    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.

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    Ben 01-04-15
    Ben 01-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Funny book, some great life lessons to take."

    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.

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    Lery Luksemburg 01-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "good funny book"

    if you can take a joke and have a open mind its a good listen

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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    3/1/15
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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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  • Leo
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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
    12/31/14
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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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