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
think i will have to start calling Nick Offerman, dad. so much learned from dad in this book. i felt like i was on the couch listening to him tell me stories eventually leading up to his big break and being happy in other aspects of his life. sort of a how i met your mother situation. I'm the kids, he's Bob Saget. don't get me wrong i love my real dad but he worked a lot when i was younger and still does. therefore i always got to do whatever i wanted while in turn depending on others. i think after reading this i will be more independent in my life both because i have to be and now want to be. i hope i can apply some of the lessons from this book to my everyday life. i would love to be referred to as one lucky dude.
It was good as an entertaining book. I was expecting to be more of a comedy. Some chapters are pretty serious and political, still, some parts are funny and you get a really good insight into what Mr. Offerman is about.
Bossy Pants, by Tina Fey. Autobiographic with some funny parts and some hard core criticism to certain parts of society and the entertainment industry.
I had never before. I think everyone could listen to Nick all day. He has the most amazing voice and he was a great narrator. He should consider narrating more books.
Sure, why not?, as his life keeps unfolding and evolving I am sure there would be more chapters he'll want to share with us.
Nice easy listen for a summer trip. Don't be surprised if you hear him talking about his political opinions and so on. This is not exactly a "comedy book" but still good.
I'm not a fan of drug use and found it sordid that Offerman lists his favorite drugs noting which were good and which weren't worth doing. Maybe I'm imagining him too much as Ron Swanson.
I loved the writing and having Nick read it to seemed more like a conversation with a wise friend than just a recording of a book.
This book is simply brilliant. I have throughly enjoyed it now I think I'll go drink some scotch and eat some red meat.
Thank you Nick Offerman for the glorious gift that is this audiobook. It really is fundamentals for delicious living.
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