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

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

Nick Offerman / Feb 21, 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: 9780525954217
  • Page: 225
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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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      • 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 redu [...]

    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 [...]

    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 more 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 heavi [...]

    4. Gosh darnit if I didn't like Nick Offerman even more 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 more fulfillin [...]

    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 org [...]

    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 more manifesto. I only got through the first two chapters, but the rambling (and somewhat preachy) na [...]

    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 th [...]

    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 Offe [...]

    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 [...]

    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 [...]

    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 every [...]

    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 f [...]

    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 i [...]

    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 more 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 h [...]

    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 [...]

    19. This was more of a 3.5 for me, and usually I round down, but the number of asinine 1&2 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 more 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 b [...]

    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 fav [...]

    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 more unenjoyable parts of this book. I didn't like when his philosop [...]

    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 beautifu [...]

    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 more 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 more and more common. I don't disagree, neces [...]

    24. I wanted to like this more 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 [...]

    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 [...]

    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 manif [...]

    27. I expected Ron Swanson but instead got the most sacrilegious book I've ever attempted to read. My life did feel more 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 [...]

    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 [...]

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