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Paddle Your Own Canoe Audiobook

Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living

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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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    EduKaters 06-19-17
    EduKaters 06-19-17 Member Since 2015
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    Great story, even better reading by Nick himself. I loved his asides and laughing at himself. Everyone should read- he has a lot to offer

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    deadendpro 06-16-17
    deadendpro 06-16-17 Member Since 2017

    i read slow..

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    "More than a mustache, more than a carnivore, more than Ron Swanson."

    I, likely like you, am a huge parks and rec fan. Ron Swanson was the man that every man wished to emulate and we couldn't get enough of him. I decided to spend a credit on Nick Offerman's part-memoir, part-inspirational guide, and it was well worth it. Lessons on life and hilarity ensue throughout this book, and I cannot help but think that this tome of sage wisdom will be a blanket of masculine comfort for anyone starting out as an actor, wood worker, carnivore or anyone beginning to seek out their passions. If you like Offerman in the form of Ron Swanson, you'll love when he is being himself.

    Keep a dictionary handy though, this guy has quite the vocabulary.

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    josh chappell STEPHENVILLE, TX, US 06-01-17
    josh chappell STEPHENVILLE, TX, US 06-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "fantastic"

    loved it, hilarious, great stories and better advice. it was good for dozens of smiles.

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    Kris 05-31-17
    Kris 05-31-17
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    "a God among men"

    Nick Offerman is one of the funniest men to grace this green earth with his existence. This book is beyond enjoyable.

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    Al Villanueva 05-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Sippin' a single malt with a bro-dude-Buddy"

    Mr. Offerman has been on my a-list since the Lagavulin episode of Parks and Rec. this is worth a read/listen for so many reasons- music recommendations, musings on tv, film and theatre- all the while reminding us to slow down and be happy! Timely advice in our time!

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    Islorad 05-20-17
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    "regrettable purchase. insulting"

    unnecessarily insults Christians and church. fine you're an atheist but you don't have to insult those that believe differently than you. made it a few chapters in and gave up. fit him to bit care he revisits it often. and I'm agnostic. not the libertarian anthem in book form I was hoping for.

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    Amazon Customer 05-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Fun, thoughtful, and inspiring."

    I loved Mr. Offerman's reading. He is a true treasure in entertainment. I'd add more but I need to get outside.

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    Amazon Customer 05-17-17

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    "Ron Swanson would approve"

    Hearing Nick Offerman reminds of parks 'n rec. Ron Swanson would definitely approve! Absolutely amazing!

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    Jessica J Swanson 05-16-17
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    "Awesome!"

    This is one of the few I will listen to again and again. And this is the only book, out of many, I have liked enough to review.

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    Benjamin 05-12-17
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    "Man read"

    All of Nicks books should be required reading for all men. This book is truly inspiring.

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