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

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

Nick Offerman / Sep 28, 2020
Paddle Your Own Canoe One Man s Fundamentals for Delicious Living Parks and Recreation actor Nick Offerman shares his humorous fulminations on life manliness meat and much in his first book Growing a perfect moustache grilling red meat wooing a woman who better
  • Title: Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living
  • Author: Nick Offerman
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 210
  • Format: Audiobook
  • Parks and Recreation actor Nick Offerman shares his humorous fulminations on life, manliness, meat, and much 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 anParks and Recreation actor Nick Offerman shares his humorous fulminations on life, manliness, meat, and much 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 syca leaves, and maybe even hand craft and paddle their own canoes.
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    About "Nick Offerman"

      • Nick Offerman

        Nick Offerman is an American actor, writer, and carpenter who is best known for his breakout role as Ron Swanson in the acclaimed NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation For his work on Parks and Recreation, he received the Television Critics Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy.


    1. After reading many of the one, two, and three star reviews on here, I felt I should write a short review to defend Nick and his book The main complaints I ve noticed 1 Too dry 2 Too opinionated 3 Too profane 4 Degrades Christians Too dry I bought the audio version of this book, as I enjoy listening to book on my 7 hour drive from school to visit family When I found out Ron Swanson himself narrated the book, I immediately grabbed a copy I highly recommend doing the same This alone reduces the dry [...]

    2. come on, humor book, be funny i am both a parks and rec fan and a ron swanson fan his character appeals to me with his gruff and deadpan mannerisms and his abiding love of meat although not his hatred of libraries hhmph but reading this book was just kind of a slog the speech patterns and stylized formality that delights me onscreen are just dead on the page when i am forced to read them for an extended period, even though i can hear his voice reading them i just don t love artificial pomposity [...]

    3. One thing that this book makes abundantly clear is that Nick Offerman isNOT Ron Swanson While they may have similar woodworking skills and musings My life is always delicious when I have whiskers on my face, but that might just be because those whiskers tend to accumulate bacon crumbs and scotch, rendering them literally delicious all day long.This book covers Offerman s early life working on the family farm to his startup as a play actor to his breakout roll of Ron Swanson the book heavily emp [...]

    4. Gosh darnit if I didn t like Nick Offerman even after reading his book.I was already a fan because of his excellent and hilarious work playing Ron Swanson on the NBC show Parks and Recreation His memoir, which he calls a guide for delicious living, is a fun, fast read He talks about growing up on a farm in Illinois, his wise and supportive parents, how he got his start in acting, how he met his also hilarious wife, Megan Mullally, and he offers advice on how to have a fulfilling life Choose yo [...]

    5. Here s a sometimes interesting, sometimes funny memoir of a minor celebrity with lots to say.Offerman stars as Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation.My Burning God of Love, Ron SwansonHe also appeared in my favorite scene from HBO s Deadwood.Yes, I saw it WITHOUT the dot The book offers up Offerman s, NOT Swanson s philosophy of life, and it s an interesting, shoulder shrugging, live and let live philosophy I truly enjoyed the chapter entitled Hail Mary, Full of Beans, as Offerman s views on organ [...]

    6. I feel strange assigning a star rating to this book, as I haven t finished reading it The thing is, I m not sure I m going to finish it I am a huge fan of Mr Offerman as an actor and a human being, but apparently not as an author Perhaps the problem is one of expectation I went into this book hoping for insights and anecdotes from Nick s life in other words, memoir Instead, what we get is manifesto I only got through the first two chapters, but the rambling and somewhat preachy nature of the wr [...]

    7. Sweet mother of mercy, the religious wackos have put a dent in the average reviews for this fine tome If you ve heard Offerman on the Nerdist podcast, then you know you ll find earthy goodness, sharp and well said opinions against corporate farming the ongoing erosion of church state separation in this country, etc within said literary product If that offends you, I suggest you go read something for vegans or by Joel Osteen.It s a bio manifesto it s full of fun stories Kabuki theater, woodworkin [...]

    8. I m not sure what I was expecting from this other than some good laughs, which it only occasionally delivered but it turned out to be a bit of a baffling book Part memoir and part manifesto, Offerman pulls his personal philosophy of life from his own biography while seeking to remind us that he is NOT Ron Swanson, but, yeah, he and Ron do have a lot in common like their mid western sensibilities and shared love of woodworking, meats, and brunette women But it s a pretty profane book and Offerman [...]

    9. Paddle Your Own Canoe was exactly what I wanted it to be, Nick s delicious recipe for living an outstanding life Eat red meat, go outside, and find some good love Repeat.

    10. It seems like people were expecting this to be a comedy book of personal anecdotes like Tina Fey s Bossypants, Jim Gaffigan s Dad is Fat, or anything by George Carlin and while Nick Offerman is great in comedy roles, he s not a comedian he s a theater actor and a woodworker and a reader of maps and a guy who is almost nauseatingly in love with his wife And that s what this book is about I don t think I d even call it a memoir since he s not a thousand years old nor does he have any salacious sto [...]

    11. I wanted to give this 1 star based on my impression of the book after chapter two, but the fact that I like Ron Swanson the character and did enjoy the book once it gots past the preachy, ultra liberal parts.I really had high hopes for this book, but was left disappointed Obviously, I expected the book to pepper in profanity, but there were times when profanity seemed to be added just for the sake of it It was like that person you know who always says fucking before everything Like Oh man so I w [...]

    12. I didn t finish this book, but wanted to share my thoughts I am a pretty curious person and read a wide variety of material I think it is important to shape my beliefs by reading and then discussing opinions different from my own typically in person The book in question is Paddle Your Own Canoe, a memoir by comedian Nick Offerman of Parks and Recreation fame My problem with this book came in the second or so chapter Offerman is very clear in his disdain for religion I get that not everyone choos [...]

    13. I think everyone s complaints are asinine They either did not know what Nick was about, what the book was about, or just suck at life.

    14. Nick Offerman is best known for playing Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation This is his first memoir where he muses about life, manliness, wood work and how to best grill meat Find out about Offerman s childhood in small town Minooka, Illinois, his love of the theatre, his love of wood work, his wife Megan Mullally and the deadpan comedic style that made him a star.If you are a Parks and Recreation fan, and in particular a Ron Swanson fan, then this is the book for you Just to be clear my favour [...]

    15. Boring Nick is a one trick pony who is smart to strike while the iron is hot I have seen clips of Parks Rec and understand the Ron Swanson character Why not use that character s voice to write your memoir But it doesn t work Another reviewer stated earlier and correctly that a few lines of Ron a week is good enough A whole book of Nick dragging Ron along for the ride does not work Nick likes to cuss throughout the book but it doesn t add anything to his attempts of humor It is distracting and on [...]

    16. Pursue decency in all dealings with your fellow man and woman Simply put Don t be an asshole I ve seen never seen an episode of Parks and Rec I know, I m lame , but I knew Offerman was a funny and I love memoirs, so why not I m a fan now I particularly loved his candid, intelligent, funny comments on religion This was funny and brash, but there were some very thoughtful bits, too I want to hang out with him and Megan Mullally so bad.

    17. You ll be hard pressed to find a enthusiastic fan of Parks and Rec than this girl, but Nick Offerman s memoir how to live guide was a little underwhelming Occasionally quite funny, there was a little too much emphasis on his political leanings though I tend to agree with his stances, I just didn t think it was necessary The strongest parts of the book were when Offerman expressed his gratitude for his parents and theater teachers, and shared stories of his formative years I think I d have been [...]

    18. Paddle Your Own Canoe One Man s Fundamentals for Delicious Living Nick Offerman Offerman is a lucky guy would had a good childhood, a good and meaningful college time, followed by the rest of his life, working hard at work and crafts he appreciates which is mostly being silly, but also involves building canoes He has a good work ethic and a seemingly kind heart, as well as a seriously advanced sense of humor It s delightful to read a memoir by someone who understands that his life is very good a [...]

    19. This was of a 3.5 for me, and usually I round down, but the number of asinine 12 star ratings compelled me to round up.Let me first address those who were filled with such disgust and offense that they couldn t read than two chapters of the book, and then I ll commence with the review First, you realize that what you re doing, i.e decrying him as a terribad person simply because of his personal beliefs and opinions, is exactly the thing of which you are accusing him Which, at best, makes you a [...]

    20. If you re like me, you re probably familiar with Nick Offerman from his role as Ron Swanson from the hilarious series Parks and Recreation And having had some good luck with reading books from other funny people closely associated with other comedies Jerry Seinfeld, Tina Fey, Ray Romano , I picked up Paddle Your Own Canoe with a couple of expectations.One is that the novel would be funny And the other is that while it said Nick Offerman on the cover, the book would really be written by my favori [...]

    21. This book really had its ups and downs I enjoyed reading about Nick Offerman s life philosophies a major reason I wanted to read the book following your passion in life rather than money, spending your time outdoors or on productive hobbies rather than staring at screens, finding happiness outside of work, etc I also loved the chapters where he described his immense love for his wife However, there were also just as many unenjoyable parts of this book I didn t like when his philosophies got too [...]

    22. I was expecting to laugh, and wasn t disappointed If you can, listen to the audiobook of this because Offerman reads it himself and it added a whole other beautiful dimension to his stories AND HE SINGS.I wasn t expecting to cry, but there were a lot f heartwarming moments, like when he waxed poetic about his parents I especially enjoyed his dad mutation and the entire chapter on his love for his wife Megan Mullaly RON IS ACTUALLY MARRIED TO TAMNY IRL and I cried because love is beautiful and he [...]

    23. Note I have not read the whole book, only a little over 100 pages Also, in regards to 1, I have been raised as a Catholic.I have many problems with this book, all of which I will tell in detail 1 Offerman s take on religion 2 The profanity3 The style of the book in general1 I was not surprised at Offerman s views on religion the idea that religion has beneficial parts, but shouldn t dictate one s social and political beliefs is becoming and common I don t disagree, necessarily, with this idea [...]

    24. I wanted to like this than I did Paddle Your Own Canoe is not without its charms, and I even agreed with some of what he had to say about his approach to life this is not a traditional memoir it s what Offerman terms a guide to delicious living Offerman clearly adores his wife, and has some fun anecdotes and some amusing turns of phrase I listened to this in audiobook, and that s probably the best medium for it Yet the book could easily have been edited down by a third and been the better for i [...]

    25. This was an altogether enjoyable read, really flaunting Nick Offerman s way with words and tone You can hear his voice clear as a bell throughout every page of the book, which is a definite plus I wasn t expecting the book to be quite so biographic, which is the only reason I considered knocking it down from five stars but it was still a fascinating read, and Offerman does a good job of subtly imbuing his lessons into the stories of his life, but I d hoped for a couple fewer life stories and li [...]

    26. I saw Nick Offerman interviewed by Larry King, and found him charming and modest, a progressive version of his alter ego, Ron Swanson he was these things on Wait Wait Don t Tell Me as well So I was excited to read this book However, I found that those qualities I admired did not translate to print Part of the problem is that this book cannot decide if it is a memoir or a manifesto The memoir part is okay if meandering, a nothing special, pleasantly bland Midwest upbringing But the manifesto was [...]

    27. I expected Ron Swanson but instead got the most sacrilegious book I ve ever attempted to read My life did feel delicious as my friends and I gathered round our first book burning trashcan fire, so on that level, I suppose it succeeded Unless you plan on taking up such a practice, steer clear at all costs.

    28. I received this book from my wife and daughter on my birthday I can t get through an episode of Parks and Recreation without welling up and Nick Offerman is often guilty of delivering those well crafted lines with his impishly sardonic that zing my emotion bone I had been truly amazed at his wood working skills and amused by his unapologetically midwestern sensibility I am also touched by the gratification he displays at the mixture of luck as it collies with all his hard work I look at my life [...]

    29. I am familiar with Nick Offerman via interviews and such, so I never expected this to be a Ron Swanson book That being said, he has revealed a lot of himself elsewhere that coincides with a lot of Swanson and certain manly virtues that are definitely good advice and definitely in this book.I am also not easily offended or upset by liberal viewpoints and in most books of public figures, I expect it So that s not really an issue either.My reading and enthusiasm for this book lost a lot of momentum [...]

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