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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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  • Chattanooga, TN, United States
  • 10-14-13

Nick Offerman isn't Ron Swanson

Would you listen to Paddle Your Own Canoe again? Why?

Yes. It's an enjoyable listen.

What did you like best about this story?

The 'fake proposal' story

Any additional comments?

Don't expect this to be a bio of Ron Swanson

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Dissapointing

What disappointed you about Paddle Your Own Canoe?

I was really hoping for this to be comedic/inspirational but instead it was a pretty boring walk through of his life. Most of it was him talking about how great his family is, with no comedic value. Also, he rails Christians for being narrow minded and hurtful to society because of their judgments. His whole point was believe what you want but don't push it on others. All the while, he is insulting and making fun of sacred Christian practices. I'm not a crazy Christian but I was pretty offended. The hypocrisy was very disappointing. If you don't want me to push my beliefs on others why are you shoving your atheism down my throat and insulting my chosen belief system? Poor show.

Would you ever listen to anything by Nick Offerman again?

no

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Nick Offerman comes off as pedantic

Would you try another book from Nick Offerman and/or Nick Offerman?

Niet, I thought this would be fun, much like Tina Fey's, but this is, I guess, for hardcore Offerman fans. This is the first audiobook I didn't finish because I didn't sympathize with the author.

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Ron Swanson, Just Another Hollywood Smarta..

I thought "Paddle Your Own Canoe" would be funny. The book may have been funny had Nick Offerman omitted his pompous lecture in which he laughs that the faith/beliefs of the religious of the world are purely founded on fairy tales.

The primary point of all this hilarity is his understandable detestation of self-serving politicians and charlatans who quote the Bible as if it were law, who attempt to force upon the public their religious beliefs as a part of political platforms and positions and who otherwise profit in the name of their higher power.

I agree with what appears to me to the chief *point* of his mini-lecture; these religion-profiteers, panderers and politicos also sicken me. I don't need an actor/comic to point out the obvious by laying a sermon on me (ironically) mocking religious faith as nothing but bullshit based on fairy tales, chuckling that the Christian religion (mine) is composed of legions of mindless sycophants to a sort of comic-book superhero Son of God (Swanson's label).

Why would Megan Mullally's husband need to ruin his big-shot book by taking potshots (near the book's beginning) at an almost certain majority of his target audience (white males, age 25-54)?

Apparently it's true: no matter where you come from (be it Oklahoma City or Minooka, IL), initiation into the Tinseltown fraternity/sorority of "acting" intellectuals includes learning to loathe religion and God-fearing people and to ridicule them and their institutions by brandishing biased generalizations in service to a "high-minded" bigotry, Hollywood-style.

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Pretty epic

A couple of spots seemed a bit pretentious, nonetheless it was a really enjoyable "read." Separating Nick Offerman from Ron Swanson took a few minutes even though I knew the difference, haha.

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Levity, Eloquence and Bacon

Absolutely loved this audiobook for its inspirational and cautionary tales and takes on life! Mr. Offerman reads with wit and writes with passion. If you're a fan of this man, listening to (or reading) this book should be what you're doing right now. Seriously, you could be listening to this while eating that breakfast pastry.

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Wholehearted Offerman Goodness

If you could sum up Paddle Your Own Canoe in three words, what would they be?

Learn tips on how to please a lady, motivation to get your butt off the couch, and a few other chuckles along the journey.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Paddle Your Own Canoe?

A review of which substances to try in one's life and which one's to avoid.

What about Nick Offerman’s performance did you like?

This really could only be read by the man himself to get the points across in his own words.

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

Yes

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A story of his life

Would you consider the audio edition of Paddle Your Own Canoe to be better than the print version?

The book is about Nick's life, wife, work. Its great hearing about some of his thoughts about the day to day of life but also getting a behind the scenes look at how I know Nick for his roll on Parks and Rec.

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I cant recommend this book more!

Nick Offerman did an amazing job telling his story while teaching important lessons on the way. I found my self laughing out loud way more than I would’ve thought.

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off the charts offerman

Loved this book so much, so many laugh out loud moments. I loved how he tells the story of their wedding day, it was so sweet. Made me fall even more in love with Nick Offerman, the lumberjack thespian of my dreams.