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
Funny and Enjoyable read (or listen in this case). Nick's honest and fun with plenty of sage advice on enjoying life while enjoying those around you.
Love the language. At first I thought he was sort of kidding, then a little pretentious, but then I realized he is just really smart and colorful!! Many memorable takeaways and one-liners from this book that stuck with me. I also grew up nearby (different generation) but that was nice to hear a good ol' Midwesterner's success story.
Thoughtful, honest, and hilarious. As it turns out, Ron Swanson doesn't come close to the quality of the man who portrays him. Read this book if you are human, especially a human interested in entertainment.
I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
This book is all about Nick Offerman's life, philosophy and career, and his love and lust for his wife. It's a sweet story.
It's no secret that most of us will listen to this because we love the character of Ron Swanson. This character parodies Nick Offerman to a sort, but Nick has a much deeper soul than I could have imagined. An elegant story teller, his perfect articulation balances equally with his choice of crude words with which he peppers his tales. "Mouthing each other's genitalia" and other choice phrases certainly paints a different, funnier picture than using any other words, in my opinion. Plus it's fun to hear people (actors) speak without limitations or censorship, when you're used to a certain way.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes tales of nature, wholesome Midwestern upbringing, and general humor. This book certainly helped me through some work days, and I'll definitely listen again!
Even though I had just watched his show, "American Ham," which contained several of the themes from this book, I found the extended venue for these stories to be a blessing. Thank you for being the man I always wanted to be, and encouraging me to not give up on those dreams.
The witty satire
Any book by any other comedian
His voice and inflection of certain parts really brought it to life.
Just the message of keep trying and will succeed at something
Say something about yourself!
I'm a fan of Parks & Rec. Loved Amy Poehler's book "Yes, Please". Am generally a fan of the Ron Swanson caricature Offerman has played.
But in the first hour, this book is nothing but is Offerman lecturing the listener about organic foods (he's in favor of them), the joy of meat, and religion (keep your fictional stories to yourself) in a fairly condescending why-isn't-this-obvious-to-you manner.
All of which would be forgivable if the book were funny. It's not. Not so far, anyway, and my patience is running out.
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