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

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Nick Offerman

10 Hours 50 Minutes

Penguin Audio

October 2013

Audio Book 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 hand craft (and paddle) their own canoes.

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  • Anonymous

    Great book! Very funny and some true gems of wisdom. Paddle on!

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  • Anonymous

    This book was not interesting. It ruined my views of Ron Swanson and will forever make me like the show slightly less.

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  • alan tolcher

    Horrible book. I don't have a problem with people having their own views but when you belittle other peoples' views, that I don't like. Didn't appreciate this book and bummed that I'm no longer a Ron Swanson fan.

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  • Cris Sayago

    A great book with both satirical and poignant observations/anecdotes. Nick Offerman is a man who has spent his career paddling his own canoe and has come out the better for it.

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  • JF B.

    Funny and witty, Nick Offerman gives his story and two cents about life and values. Worth it.

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  • Donna P.

    I couldn't finish this book. I thought it bounced around and often sounded like a lecture.

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  • Alan K

    I completely agree with the author and also have not yet found a better audio book. I loved it! Outstanding job Mr. Offerman, thank you for sharing your crafty and amazing life. I wish the best for you and keep on being you fine Sir.

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  • James T

    Just a manly read book about being an all American.

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  • Valur A

    Like spoken from my own hart, if my hart was outrageously funny and had a mustache. Just brilliant

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  • Meagan Fox

    I love it. I agree with everything. He is the bomb.

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