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
Didn't like the book. I didn't see listening to it as time well spent. Not that humorous and didn't feel pulled in. Speaks about how good his life is and what his life was like growing up. Nothing really out of the ordinary except he excelled at theatre and acting.
No, I've listened to others there were entertaining and left you with a message.
I wouldn't buy the book and would not have listened to it. I gave it over 5 hours of listening and it couldn't pull me in.
No, such a movie would be as interesting as watching paint dry
Jon Stewart pumped it up on the the Daily Show. Wish it was as exciting to me as he says he found it.
I have a great deal of respect for Mr. Offerman. I love how he see the world, nature, and relationships. he is truly an artist.
there should however be a warning that this book is not suitable for those who find "adult" language to be offense. if he ever did an abridged version, I hope he could make it a little more PG 13. I kept thinking of people who I knew could gain a lot from this book but wouldn't be able to get past his very use of explicit verbiage.
I hated this book so much I felt like Luke on Gilmore Girls when he said he wanted the time back he wasted watching something. I want the time and brain space back that I wasted on this book....and a credit for something better!
I would have given no stars but it wouldnt let me
Never having seen his TV show but knowing of him through woodworking sources I think I expected more of a midwestern guy goes to Hollywood type of thing. He's really more of a Hollywood type at heart who has made a brand of his midwestern roots. That is, he's not a midwestern, down-home guy at all but can pull a few aphorisms and experiences from his youth to make a brand or schtick of the whole thing.
If you're an aspiring actor or entertainer this might serve as mild inspiration but otherwise I think the book has mostly been purchased by those who thought it was funny that Ron Swanson would write a book. And curious woodworkers of course.
Otherwise it's a collection of marginally interesting stories from his early years and a surprising amount of space given to his animosity towards Christianity. In context to the rest of the book, a few paragraphs would have sufficed but it's a recurrent theme woven throughout the book and thus something of an anomaly.
This man is wise and funny. He truly values the important things in life and this is coming from a vegetarian. Easy to listen to and lots to love about him and his story telling.
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