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 really enjoy Nick Offerman's personality, talent, humor and unparalleled writing intelligence. Very sound advice, captivating stories and raunch sprinkled in amongst the brilliance.
Ph.D Candidate of Medieval English Literature concentrating on transgender and disability. Writer on theology and the LGBT community.
Nick Offerman's reading of his own story was full of amusing giggles, minor notes, and self-conscious dry humor, making listening to his book even more enjoyable than reading it.
Nick Offerman's love for his wife, the famous and talented Megan Mullally, is evident in the writing and tone of the reading. Like Offerman's parents, Mullally's effect on Offerman's life story is felt before she is formally introduced into the narrative.
It is hard not to giggle at Offerman's breaks (unintentional laughter). Although sometimes he gets preachy on matters in which he admits to not being an expert where the humor and humility that usually make his subtle remarks more profound falters.
Pate au Choux
surprisingly and not I learned more about theater, vocabulary, and non-conforming from this book than I did pithy meat jokes (though I love those too). what an awesome and entertaining listen.
Lots of good insight into how nick got into the business of acting. Life experience that shows that there is more to life than just a job. Highly recommended listen
Listen, laugh, repeat. I just finished it - the poem was the icing! And now I'm going to make a paddle while I listen to it from scratch. Buy it, you will not be disappointed. Shock maybe - it might curl a few hairs.
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