Paddle Your Own Canoe
One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living
By Nick Offerman
(Dutton Books, Hardcover, 9780525954217, 340pp.)
Publication Date: October 1, 2013
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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"featurestalesfrom Offerman's childhoodin 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 offershard-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.
“It is thought-provoking, profane, and frequently hilarious.” - Publishers Weekly
"Not only does he recall his life, but he also offers chuckle-worthy anecdotes, diagrams, even a haiku...Ron Swanson would be proud." - Booklist