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 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.
Anyone who wants more out of life but doesn't know how to get it ought to read this book, but I'd go as far as to say that it should be required reading for the Millennial generation as they come of age.
Very well-written, funny, insightful, and inspiring. There is a lot of wisdom in this book, and through his own experience, Offerman teaches like a boss.
I loved watching Nick in Parks and recreation, and I also knew he advocates hard work and the whole heir of "manliness". So I was REALLY EXCITED to hear this book narrated by him. However I stopped listening because he seemed to be constantly bashing on God and Christianity. As a Christian with two science degrees, it's needless to say it was offensive and disappointing. Although. I do know everyone has a right to their own opinion, I just decided not to want to listen to his for over ten hours.
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