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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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    Lery Luksemburg 01-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "good funny book"

    if you can take a joke and have a open mind its a good listen

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    Danielle 12-30-14
    Danielle 12-30-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it!"

    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!

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    jennyandryan 12-22-14 Member Since 2014
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    "ohhh Ron Swanson"

    funny listen. I now have a over whelming craving of rib eye steak and making love to my man.

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    Brandon 12-16-14
    Brandon 12-16-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Phenomenal"

    I could not have imagined a better way to experience this deep thoughtful hilarious book.

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    Heather 11-17-14
    Heather 11-17-14 Member Since 2015

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    "I Enjoyed This Book Immensely"
    What did you love best about Paddle Your Own Canoe?

    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.)


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

    Nick has such amazing control over his voice. It's fantastic to hear him read it, and, of course, the giggling.


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

    Yes! I didn't, of course, with a 10 hour book, but I really enjoyed it and never felt fatigued by it.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Ladyface 09-27-14
    Ladyface 09-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Entertaining and well-written"
    What about Nick Offerman’s performance did you like?

    I love Nick Offerman even more for having listened to him for 11 hours.


    Any additional comments?

    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".

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    Jacob Redmond, WA, United States 03-13-14
    Jacob Redmond, WA, United States 03-13-14
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    "Unorganized and rambly."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yeah, the stories and the anecdotes would all have something to do with the message of the book.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    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.


    What about Nick Offerman’s performance did you like?

    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.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I'd probably wait for home release.


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    Robert MORAGA, CA, United States 03-07-14
    Robert MORAGA, CA, United States 03-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "If you're a fan - definitely read it"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Paddle Your Own Canoe to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the print version.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Less episodic with more of a through line.


    Have you listened to any of Nick Offerman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    How to be a real man.


    Any additional comments?

    Great cadence to the storytelling.

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    Richard Fayetteville, AR, United States 02-27-14
    Richard Fayetteville, AR, United States 02-27-14
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    "An interesting read."
    What made the experience of listening to Paddle Your Own Canoe the most enjoyable?

    Nick's narration.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nick...


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

    Great inflection!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Enjoyed the woodworking and farming stories when he was growing up in rural America.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Marzi 02-15-14
    Marzi 02-15-14

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    "I was prepared to be underwhelmed. I was wrong."
    If you could sum up Paddle Your Own Canoe in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, honest, funny.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Why Nick, of course. I am now inspired to construct a table with my own hands without the use of nails.


    Have you listened to any of Nick Offerman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    What? He's narrating other books? Bring them on!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I can't point to one specific one, but I find that I'm eating more meat lately.


    Any additional comments?

    If I were a male, I would have cultivated some lush facial hair immediately after listening.

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