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

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Dutton, 2014 - Biography & Autobiography - 340 pages
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Parks and Recreation actor Nick Offerman shares his humorous fulminations on life, manliness, meat, and much more in this New York Times bestseller.

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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User Review  - vonze - LibraryThing

Ugh, this was not what I expected at all. First, I gotta say that I love Parks & Recreation. I think Ron Swanson from P&R and Dwight Schrute from The Office are two of the best, enduring characters of ... Read full review

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User Review  - EllsbethB - LibraryThing

I listened to this on audio, narrated by the author. It is, as you might expect, full of funny stories and witty advice. I particularly loved the section about the importance of good teachers (of ... Read full review

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About the author (2014)

Nick Offerman is a stage and screen actor and woodworker. He is married to the most beautiful and talented actress working today, Megan Mullally. They live in Los Angeles, CA with their three poodles. Nick is as good at using a broom as anybody you're likely to come across.

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