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

When it comes to growing a robust mustache, masticating red meat, building a chair, or wooing a woman, who better to educate you 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 carpentry, Paddle Your Own Canoe features tales from Offerman’s childhood (born, literally, in the middle of an Illinois cornfield) to his theater days in Chicago to the, frankly, magnificent seduction of his wife, Megan Mullally. Offerman also shares his hard-bitten battle strategies in the arenas of manliness, love, styles, and religion, and invaluable advice on getting the utmost pleasure out of woodworking, assorted meats, outdoor recreations, and other palatable entrees.

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3 Comments

  1. Where’s the beef? Should have called it “Humblebrags and Bitter Ranting” As soon as I saw this book was available I purchased it for my Kindle and read it that same evening. As a long time fan of Parks and Rec as well as Offerman’s other work, I was really excited. I know that Ron Swanson is a fictional character, but one of the things that sets the charachter apart is how little Offerman has to “act” to be believed. As a trip to the Offerman Woodshop website will show you, he truly is passionate about some of the same things that Ron Swanson espouses. He also has…

  2. A funny guy with lots of good advice Nick Offerman is a fine craftsman, whether it comes to performing comic or serious acting roles, writing a book about his life or (apparently) making tables and canoes. Sure this book may not be as hilarious as his performance of Ron Swanson in “Parks and Recreation”, or even his scene stealing role in an otherwise forgettable movie like “We’re the Millers” (after all he doesn’t write the dialogue for those performances), but he does have his own wry authorial voice, replete…

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