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
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.
Nick's view on life I totally resonate with; i.e. his thoughts on plastic surgery, Roundup, building something, and the love of a fantastic woman.
When he heard form the producer of Parks and Recreation that he landed the part.
We he stopped caring about acting and was happy with his life.
I would love to sit at an old Irish bar (the one with all the incredible woodworking in it) have a scotch and BS with Mr Offerman
Nick Offerman's character of Ron Swanson was what first drew me to Nick Offerman himself. After listening to him in interviews and his humorist tale called American Ham, I found that his insight and his views on the world align greatly with mine. He's not afraid to be himself, and he tells it like it is. He is a great story teller, with yarns about his life and views, and is both profoundly enlightening and funny at the same time. This is a fantastic read/listen, and I look forward to his new book, Gumption.
Offerman's reading is often casual and almost tangent-like, which is a great aspect of the storytelling. As a filmmaker and Parks & Rec fan, this was a very interesting and highly unique journey through the industry.
This book has some of my new, favorite quotes on being an artist! I love when people that get paid regularly & are at the top of their craft wax poetic about the actual, physical WORK involved in honing any and all creative skills. So much of what one can read about art is about attitude or vision. That causes too many folks to just get way too comfortable with the idea that "Art" is somehow, a state-of-mind that one just claims when they get good & ready. Nick Offerman wants you to not only paddle your own canoe, but also make the damn paddle. I'm a fan!
It was pure pleasure to read Nick's self-bio. It's unusual to hear his mix of optimism, empathy, creativity & determination. He does it all so well & adds a few simple, earthy suggestions to aid others who are struggling to reach for their goals & dreams while navigating their way through this lifetime. I will certainly be reading his next book!
American patriot, veteran, historical researcher and writer.
Wasn't what I expected...I thought the stories rambled, and were hard to follow or pick up again once paused or stopped. Nick is Nick and I enjoyed listening to the narration.
I tend to dislike advice, in general, but Nick Offerman is such a delight that I knew this book would be not annoying at all. I was quite entertained, though it did drag a bit in the middle. Fine, holiday fun.
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