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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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    Michelle Sandlin Houston, TX 08-10-15
    Michelle Sandlin Houston, TX 08-10-15 Member Since 2014

    Writer, Journalist, Drummer. Columnist for the Houston Chronicle and feature writer for various publications. Currently writing my 1st book.

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    "Thank you Mr. offerman"

    What can I say...this is Nick frickin' Offerman! I would read anything written by this man and the extra treat of hearing him read it. Great book for Offerman and non-Offerman fans. He can craft a well-written phrase as well as some of the greatest humorists of all time. Read it!

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    Paul LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 08-07-15
    Paul LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 08-07-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Not for Ron Swanson fans"
    What disappointed you about Paddle Your Own Canoe?

    Nick spends the first 8 chapters on a diatribe against God and Christians. It's really too bad because he's lumping all Christians in with the Westboro Baptist fundamentalist types and it's not accurate or fair. Most Christians I know are humble honest folks who are just trying to be better people and live lives of devotion to God. Hardly the types to deserve this rant. Nick then goes on to recount numerous adolescent antics he and his college buddies did while suffering from various degrees of inebriation. This is paddling your own canoe? Sounds like running with the pack, Nick.


    What could Nick Offerman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He could have spent more time with his encouraging young people to give more consideration to hands-on occupations. He can serve as a really good example here.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas 08-02-15
    Nicholas 08-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome"

    Nick's voice combined with his humorous and detailed story telling = earvana. Surpassed expectations on every level.

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    Matthew Hapke Fort Riley, KS, US 08-01-15
    Matthew Hapke Fort Riley, KS, US 08-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "excellent book"

    i thought this was incredible. The book not only made me laugh, it made me think a lot about basic tenants of good living. Best book I have read in a long time

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    Alexander levittoewn, PA, United States 07-29-15
    Alexander levittoewn, PA, United States 07-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Pretty good book"

    Good book, especially if your a Nick Offerman fan. If not you may still like it.

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    Erin Gilmore 07-29-15 Member Since 2014

    I love comedies and autobiographies, especially when read by the actual author. Keep 'em coming!

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    "Forget the Bible"

    Absolutely beautiful, have listened to it 7 times in a row; get this audio book.

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    A.M. Micha USA 07-29-15
    A.M. Micha USA 07-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome"

    This audio book was so much fun to listen to! Offerman is one classy guy, with some great advice, and funny stories.

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    J-kai Hsu 07-29-15
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    "Great writing, boring story"

    No question that Nick Offerman is a great writer. He is not only a wood worker, but a true wordsmith. But, the story can be a drag and at times way too long. It took me 3 months to finish this audible. Along the way I started listening to other audibles, bc the story never captured my attention. For context, I finished Amy Poehler audible in 1 week and that book was awesome.

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    Greg Olson 07-27-15
    Greg Olson 07-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fine"

    Good story but Nick seemed to be bored with th reading at points. Still a big fan & plan to listen to his other book as well.

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    Annie Lou 07-26-15
    Annie Lou 07-26-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Another sitcom actor w/a book"

    One more Hollywood type with a book about his opinions an life.
    Well written an good narration. Better than most.
    A little opinionated at times an I lost interest every now an then as I don't share a passion for being part of theater so that grew tedious.

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    Harlow Essex England
    7/13/14
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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
  • Leo
    2/17/15
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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 .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • M. B. Walker
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    7/21/15
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    "Great Storyteller"
    What did you like most about Paddle Your Own Canoe?

    Offerman's approach to the book as a whole, lighthearted with real knowledge and passion about what he's talking about.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mr Offerman himself of course, particularly as a child.


    Any additional comments?

    A fun, interesting listen for fans and newcomers alike.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • david
    7/20/15
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    "A fantastic listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Paddle Your Own Canoe the most enjoyable?

    Nick has a great voice, soothing and intriguing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story about his wife's breasts


    Have you listened to any of Nick Offerman’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No yet


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The lucky bastard


    Any additional comments?

    Very similar to his stand up show, which is great. But Nick needs to branch out for my money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    7/18/15
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    "Offerman takes the boring idea of a memoir and turns it into something delicious"

    This is a great read about a fascinating life. Offerman's perspective on life is delightfully uplifting and as a creative person who has fallen off the horse somewhat, Offerman's words have encouraged me to get back on.

    Offerman's performance is fantastic and takes full advantage of the medium, it very much feels like he is telling you a story rather than just reading it aloud. Something I would expect from a professional actor.

    I would recommend to anyone who enjoys comedy, aspiring creative types, or anyone who enjoys working with their hands and getting dirty. Delicious.

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  • Rory Buckley
    6/11/15
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    "Excellent delivery of a solid book"

    The best audiobiography I've listened to as yet - really enjoyed it. Highly recommended to any budding Swansons

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Physics Geek
    Scotland
    5/31/15
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    "Great stuff"

    Great stuff. Sound advice. Many laughs. Wonderfully read by the author. I may seek out his other work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angelique
    4/22/15
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    "Pure Briliance"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Nick Offerman narrating is just the greatest. He really brings his book to life and gives it an added dimension. Already a fan of his after watching him in Parks and Rec, my husband and I just loved the whole thing.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Oh we laughed out loud a lot!


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone needs this book in their life, Nick Offerman is an amazing person and it was so wonderful to hear him talk about his life and his experiences. He has some interesting views on religion, food..all sorts. It's excellent from start to finish!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Milkslice
    London, UK
    4/3/15
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    "Great stuff from a humble man"

    Enjoyed it thoroughly. Even if you aren't w parks and rec fan I'd still recommend it as it's an interesting tale of Nick's life

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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