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
This book was awesome. I leaned a lot about Nick which I never knew before, discovered his road to acting success, and laughed frequently as he eloquently described his past ventures in acting, woodworking, and life in general. His advice is simply delicious!
Offerman has such a fantastic delivery, so it's so easy to listen to. But my absolute favorite part? When he talks about Megan. It's fantastic. (And also when he giggles his man giggle.)
Nick has such amazing control over his voice. It's fantastic to hear him read it, and, of course, the giggling.
Yes! I didn't, of course, with a 10 hour book, but I really enjoyed it and never felt fatigued by it.
I thought this might be a good book to give to my dad for Christmas, and I'm very thankful I listened to it first. It's not what I expected and probably not a story that fits in my relationship with my father. It's still one of the best books I've ever listened to. It's outstanding. I have zero regrets about buying this one, other than my waiting so long to do so.
I love Nick Offerman even more for having listened to him for 11 hours.
Though this book is a comic memoir written in the vein of Jane Lynch's "Happy Accidents" Nick Offerman effectively incorporates the Ron Swanson gestalt. The line between Offerman and Swanson seems intentionally blurred. If you like Parks and Rec, you'll love "Paddle Your Own Canoe".
Yeah, the stories and the anecdotes would all have something to do with the message of the book.
I liked hearing about how his relationship with Megan Mullally took shape, but I really didn't care a whole lot about the rest of the stories he had to tell. They seemed kind of random. He jumped around a lot and there just wasn't a great cohesive flow to the events he relates and most of them don't really lend themselves to the stated message of the book; hard work and loving relationships are the things that bring us happiness. I guess I was also kind of disappointed that he isn't more like Ron Swanson in real life.
Great actor, fantastic performance. It's like he had always planned for this to be an audiobook when he wrote it. Very well done in terms of performance.
I'd probably wait for home release.
Didn't read the print version.
Less episodic with more of a through line.
How to be a real man.
Great cadence to the storytelling.
Enjoyed the woodworking and farming stories when he was growing up in rural America.
Could do without the plethora of drug references and the ongoing slur of expletives but he is a very intelligent, funny guy with a great perspective on life.
Funny, honest, funny.
Why Nick, of course. I am now inspired to construct a table with my own hands without the use of nails.
What? He's narrating other books? Bring them on!
I can't point to one specific one, but I find that I'm eating more meat lately.
If I were a male, I would have cultivated some lush facial hair immediately after listening.
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