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
narrated by the author, I'm a huge fan of Mr Offerman and I was not disappointed. hearing the stories from his life and his coming into himself as he is today and his spectacular love of his wife were beyond enjoyable. highly recommended
Not only is this book entertaining, it's a manual by which to live your life. Bravo.
This is a very special book, it was our road companion as we traveled from Texas to Oregon for the holidays...heartfelt, insightful, and funny as hell...and that he reads it as well, is just a wonderful bonus. More authors should do that!
Hope he writes another chapter of his life 20 years down the road...
Although I appreciate and agree with his perspective, I was surprised about the amount of time given to scolding religious fundamentalists. I don't think any of them would have made it through the first half hour or so, yet he carried on like he had a captive audience. It felt like he ended up preaching to the choir, and, like any preacher of a Sunday, went on long after my butt went numb.
Like some of the others, I found this book disappointing and hard to follow. Nick jumps around a lot which would be okay if the stories had a point. He also makes fun of Christians all the time, which is fine for his opinion but he beats it to death, which seems like a typical showbiz person he claims not to be? I had trouble finishing the book and honestly don't know why it received such good ratings. The actual book ratings on Amazon is much more accurate.
so the beginning of this book was really rough. a little dull and I had to really push myself to keep going. I felt he repeated himself a little too frequently. but then it started smoothing out and got very interesting. I really did like the book. wouldn't read it again, but it was entertaining.
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