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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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    Dam 04-18-15
    Dam 04-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Ron freaking Swanson ladies and gentleman"

    Love this book. It was great can't wait to wait to read his next one.

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    WFJenJen 04-16-15
    WFJenJen 04-16-15
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    "Great for Nick Offerman fans"

    I'm a huge Nick Offerman fan and I loved this book. Initially I was going to read the print version but I'm glad I chose to listen to the audio version instead. Having Nick read his book with his voice and expression makes the book so much more enjoyable than just reading it myself.

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    Philip Busch 04-02-15

    Old Fart 1960 (some day....)

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    "Not my cup of canoe"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Nick's personal story line is fun to listen to. But when he gets too political, anti-Bible, pro-drug, pro-animalistic sex, I've had enough. Makes the rest of the book not worth it. I can see where other people would think the entire book is worth the price of amoral funniness, but some of the stuff was repetitive and middle school-ish. Just my opinion.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Hamlet: Prince of Denmark A Novel


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Growing up on the farm.


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

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Nick's character Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation. Funny man.

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    Joshua Kring 03-30-15 Member Since 2013

    The least helpful reviewer on audible.

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    It's a really good book, but it's not hilarious. It's amusing, it's entertaining, it's motivating, but it's not laugh out loud funny. I liked this book. I liked it a lot. I love Ron Swanson, and I found it very interesting to see where Ron Swanson ends and Nick Offerman begins. I don't agree with all of Offerman's views, but it's damn close. He's a cool guy. He's lived a cool life. He's not a bad writer. I recommend this.

    End review!

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    Talon S Milam 03-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Absolutely splendid read/listen!!"

    Nick brings his best to the dinner table (mostly meat) in this reading. I really felt the connection between him and the appreciation of his life. Hearing him tell his own tale and paddle his own canoe gave me hours of laughs and good feelings. It inspired me to... Well paddle my own canoe and live my life the way I want to. Thanks Nick.

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    T. Taynor 03-16-15
    T. Taynor 03-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Nick Offerman is....."

    an American role model the likes of which are rare. Paddle your canoe my friend.

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    Airielle 03-11-15
    Airielle 03-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Offerman kills it!"

    Nick Offerman is hysterical. I'm so excited that he narrated his own audiobook. It made it even better. It's filthy at times and definitely not for everyone, but I loved it.

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    Don Johnson USA 03-08-15
    Don Johnson USA 03-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Quite interesting"

    Not what I expected, but it was certainly worth the listen. I found it to be less of a manly manifesto and more of a memoir.

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    John E Bellinger 03-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Satisfying"

    One man's many struggles including glue huffing, love obsession, and consuming 21 scoops of ice cream. A truly enjoyable listen.

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    Serena 02-28-15
    Serena 02-28-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Just the best"

    Nick Offerman is eloquent, hilarious and writes the best love story with just the right amount of crassness. Two very enthusiastic thumbs up. Fine holiday fun.

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