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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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    eric United States 11-19-13
    eric United States 11-19-13
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed Nick reading and telling the story of his life. But at times it was a little repetitive.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nick Offerman again?

    Perhaps.


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

    It will not be made in to a movie.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Peter 10-30-13
    Peter 10-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A Truly Great American Read"
    Would you listen to Paddle Your Own Canoe again? Why?

    I would definitely listen to Paddle Your Own Canoe again. I originally thought of buying this book in hardback, yet made the choice to hear it read aloud by Nick himself on an audiobook. Instantly I realized I made an amazing choice. Listening to Nick narrate his life in his own words was as entertaining and majestic as passing a bottle of whiskey around the campfire with friends, then in a drunken stupor, shooting off bottle rockets and running around naked. The experience would be nothing of the sort if I was reading it by myself, and hearing him actually sing the Rainbow Song, the one he wrote his wife Megan Mullally's birthday, made it all the better. As a fan of Parks and Rec and an avid follower of Offerman Woodworking, this book brought greater depth to a person who is often confined to the character Ron Swanson he plays on TV. And while his tone and affect still enlivened images in my head of the mustachio'd, deadpan Libertarian, I walked away with a greater respect and admiration of a hard-working American actor and icon. He's articulate, funny, thoughtful and entertaining.


    What other book might you compare Paddle Your Own Canoe to and why?

    The Heming Way by Beckerman, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson. Anything satirical yet honest when it needs to be.


    Which character – as performed by Nick Offerman – was your favorite?

    Himself. I feel like Offerman has as great sense of self-awareness as he does humor, and often it's masked by the character of Ron Swanson. To hear his vulnerable side, his hardships, successes, blatant sex drive and of course how much he loves his wife is inspirational.


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

    Laugh, for sure. His little ad libs as he reads along really personifies the book.


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    Braxton United States 10-22-13
    Braxton United States 10-22-13
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    "Great piece of work...and a fine mustache"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - great story telling and life lessons.


    What does Nick Offerman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    If you like listening to Ron Swanson you'll like this. You get more from Nick and about his past growing up in a small Illinois farming town. He tells the stories so well I feel that I could have been having a beer with him around a fire instead of stuck in traffic. His dialect is that of a current Mark Twain.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, but I could have. Morning and afternoon commute.


    Any additional comments?

    Great work and would recommend to anyone!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Blake BLOOMINGTON, IN, United States 10-14-13
    Blake BLOOMINGTON, IN, United States 10-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Book!!!"

    I really enjoyed listening to this book! Nick's stories and narration are outstanding. You will not regret buying this audio book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bradley Chattanooga, TN, United States 10-14-13
    Bradley Chattanooga, TN, United States 10-14-13
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    "Nick Offerman isn't Ron Swanson"
    Would you listen to Paddle Your Own Canoe again? Why?

    Yes. It's an enjoyable listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The 'fake proposal' story


    Any additional comments?

    Don't expect this to be a bio of Ron Swanson

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Terry Nelson, British Columbia, Canada 11-01-13
    Terry Nelson, British Columbia, Canada 11-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Disappointing"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Didn't like the book. I didn't see listening to it as time well spent. Not that humorous and didn't feel pulled in. Speaks about how good his life is and what his life was like growing up. Nothing really out of the ordinary except he excelled at theatre and acting.


    Has Paddle Your Own Canoe turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I've listened to others there were entertaining and left you with a message.


    What does Nick Offerman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I wouldn't buy the book and would not have listened to it. I gave it over 5 hours of listening and it couldn't pull me in.


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

    No, such a movie would be as interesting as watching paint dry


    Any additional comments?

    Jon Stewart pumped it up on the the Daily Show. Wish it was as exciting to me as he says he found it.

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Jason MC CALLA, AL, United States 12-19-13
    Jason MC CALLA, AL, United States 12-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Distastefull"
    Would you try another book from Nick Offerman and/or Nick Offerman?

    No


    What was most disappointing about Nick Offerman’s story?

    Just kind of crude and distasteful at times but the story line IS REALLY lacking. No sure why I purchased this book about a guy and his family for no good reason. The preface is very mis-leading.


    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    K. Knutsson Northern California 12-15-13
    K. Knutsson Northern California 12-15-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Nick Offerman is no Ron Swanson"
    What could Nick Offerman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I expected more humor and got mostly very foul language.
    He ether lied or remembers wrong about RoundUp in his bean field. That herbicide does not kill weeds in minutes, takes a week or 10 days depending on weather and growing conditions.
    I stayed with the book long enough to be repulsed by his description of his sexual conquest as a 15 year old, just vulgar in my opinion.


    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew elverta, CA, United States 01-11-14
    Andrew elverta, CA, United States 01-11-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Too Much Religion Talk"
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    Just wasn't expecting all the anti-religious stuff so it pretty much turned me off. I guess I like Ron Swanson and not Nick Offerman.

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    JEREMIAH FREEMAN 01-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    it is a pretty hateful book against Catholics and organized religions. not impressed with the book at all

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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
  • 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!!

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