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Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living Hardcover – October 1, 2013
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If you like Ron Swanson. Don't get this book. This is not "Parks and Rec: The novel". This is an autobiography. I think 90% of the complaints are from people who expected this book to be an extension of Ron Swanson character - talking about eating lots of meat and complaining about Tammy 2. Instead, they got a book about an actors rather ideal life in middle America, his entry into the theater world and his struggle to finding acting jobs in LA.
The books is however, HILARIOUS. Nick talks about his life in a very open and honest manner, going over both mistakes and victories. He is middle of the line political person, but also has strong views and yes, a pretty libertarian stance. He pulls no punches making fun of folks who are dependant on technology - since ALOT of folks are depenant, I'm sure many of the complaints here are from folks who were likely irked by his constant ribbing of folks who can't line with Instagram, a GPS and would die with two hours if left alone in the wilderness.
If your an open-minded person (which most people are not) then this is a VERY helpful book. He has alot of earthy advice on everything from drug use, to dating, to sex, to eating right, work ethic, etc. NICK OFFERMAN IS NOT RON SWANSON. Nor does he claim to be. Ron Swanson is an over-the-top version of Nick Offerman, written by writers who knew Nick. Nick Offerman does enjoy fishing, immensely. He doesn't not perfer hunting, tho understands many do. Nick Offerman eat's salad and veggies, but won't turn away a nice steak. Nick Offerman likes to hit the bong and watch Twin Peaks, as opposed to Ron Swanson who would mostly be found carving 1/110th 18th Century Spanish Gallon from a fallen tree near his cabin with nothing but a pen knife.Read more ›
Now, I love me some Ron Swanson - that work sounds really interesting and cool in theory.
In reality, it would probably be 40 pages, and read like bad Hemmingway with Ayn Randian philosophy (with an 18 page speech on why the government should not interfere with the producers of meat). Great for kitsch value, and the barbecue advice, but probably short of laughs.
Instead, we get Paddle Your Own Canoe - a hilarious memoir from the man who inspired some of the BEST facets of Ron's personality, but who is also a gifted performer and a (who knew?) skilled and genuinely funny writer.
It's not a straightforward chronology, but loosely follows his childhood and adolescence in rural Illinois, college years in Urbana, early career in Chicago and his move to LA, interspersed with funny, heartfelt and useful asides and advice.
Check it out. It's really, genuinely good and laugh-out loud funny in many places.
(SPOILER ALERT: I reflect on things I didn't like in the text, with minor specifics. Proceed with caution if you want to be suprised by the tale of his life)
I didn't expect a book "by Ron Swanson" but the only amusing parts of this work are written in the spirit of the character. I laughed out loud several times only to realize it was Mr. Offerman "taking his character's voice" briefly. He then promplty rebukes the sentiment that was amusing in the first place. Offerman takes great pains to point out that he is not the source for Ron Swanson, and is even somewhat self referential about why anyone would find his real story compelling. He's right there, as I struggled through several chapters that only served the purpose of recounting his experiences with high school girls. These stories are neither unique nor meaningful, in fact they're mostly boring. Awkward teenage romance has been mined pretty well, Offerman strikes nothing new here.
Perhaps the greatest dissapointment was the sheer amount of time spent on opinions. I'm inclined to accept Mr. Offerman's opinion on things he likely knows a great deal about, like growing a mustache or using a hand plane.Read more ›
Nick Offerman is a god among men, and this book literally had me laughing out loud. He gives you an insight of how he started out (I could not believe that he was classically trained in theatre) and he talks about where he is today and his wife.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My boyfriend loved this book for his birthday. Read the whole book in a couple days and he is not a big reader! Definitely recommend it!Published 12 days ago by Jayme Vogt
Got this for myself and my brother, really fun read and super entertaining.Published 14 days ago by Sam Lancaster
Hilarious book! I love the way Offerman writes, and especially what he focuses on. It's very refreshing to see a denim and leather midwestern perspective through the filter of... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Tyler Strodtman
I LOVE this book! It is funny, thought provoking and educational to a point as well as motivational. It will make you chuckle and make you think.Published 27 days ago by Paul Suits
Apparently Nick Offerman has VERY little in common with his Ron Swanson character. If you want a book about delicious living look somewhere else. Read morePublished 29 days ago by K. Gile
Bought this for my husband, and he loved this book as night time reading.Published 1 month ago by Miranda Zacharias
Nick Offerman is hilarious and has lived a very interesting life. He tells the lessons that he has learned through this life, and the journey that he has been on in an unique... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Matt Francis
An absolutely wonderful read of a book. The syncopated style in the the writing makes it perfect for picking up, reading a bit, and coming back to it (the though it is hard to put... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joshua Brooke