Paddle your Own Canoe

Paddle your Own Canoe

One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living

Book - 2014
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The actor known for roles in such productions as Parks and Recreation shares whimsical musings on a range of topics from love and manliness to grooming and eating meat, offering additional discussions of his life before fame and his courtship of his wife, Megan Mullally.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780525954217
052595421X
Branch Call Number: 791.45028 Of22o 2014
791.45028 Of22o 2014
Characteristics: xii, 340 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Lord_Vad3r Jan 24, 2019

This is Nick Offerman’s manifesto on life.

Manifesto, that sounds like a word only attributed to woks by crazy people. Why is that? I say we bring the manifesto back. I am down with Offerman’s stance on the separation of church and state, among other things. I snickered when he got arrested for stealing Ronnie Milsap cassettes and left his roommate stranded at Kmart. The same thing happened to a friend of mine but with a Twisted Sister cassette. There was no fundamental life-changing advice for me. There is actually some in there, For example: following your ex-girlfriend to Jamaica uninvited is always a bad idea and beyond creepy. When you have a social conundrum just think to yourself, what would Offerman do and then do the opposite.

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violinist1997
Jul 12, 2018

I was really excited to read this book, but it was sort of a let down. By all means, give it a try if you are a fan of Parks and Rec (like me) or just Nick himself. I, however, could not make it past the halfway point, since I didn't find he was a great writer. He repeated himself quite a bit and was really all over the place from a chronological sense. Nontheless, his humor shone through and I did really appreceate how unappologetic and authentic he wrote.

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cgarzon
Apr 04, 2018

I enjoyed this book, but it is a departure from her previous works centered more around general social justice topics.

ArapahoeHollyR Dec 27, 2017

Offerman's memoir is everything you would expect: brash, honest, and hilarious. A great read for any fans of his work.

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exie3
May 28, 2017

Very good writing skills as well as all his other skills - a good man -

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RoyalJellyIII
Sep 14, 2016

Nick Offerman is kind of a jerk wad.

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verotjioe
Jul 21, 2015

If you are a theatre person or improviser, as well as a fan of Nick Offerman's work on "Parks and Recreation" I think you will get the most out of this volume. It is brash, honest, and offers no apologies for his vices, mistakes, carousing, and trouble-making. If you are into sarcasm, party stories, and the long battle to make it in the entertainment industry this is for you. Also, whiskey and wood. All kinds of wood. Not all kinds of whiskey.

LPL_PolliK Jul 07, 2015

A hilarious mix of memoir and mayhem, Offerman made me laugh and slap him imaginary high-fives throughout the book. A gentleman (with roguish tendencies) Offerman muses on hard work, the importance of play and everything in between.

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Calvacade
May 03, 2015

Before I read this book I thought Nick Offerman was a pretty funny and talented actor- after reading it I think the guy is just a jerk who married a much more talented woman to get a career going in Hollywood.

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JCLRachelSH
Nov 21, 2013

In between the sounds of Nick Offerman’s giggles, Paddle Your Own Canoe offers up a Wendell Berry-esque manifesto of living with character and integrity (even if it’s just being true to your inner smart aleck.) Nick refined the art of the deadpan in the laboratory of Illinois’ 1980s rural Catholic churches, and here his unique voice and chewy prose chronicle hilarious hijinks involving bratwurst haikus, kabuki theater, woodworking, love, and, of course, the legend of Tick-Tock & Flip-Flop, lords of the 80′s Midwestern Breakdance. Surprisingly political and philosophical, Nick Offerman mixes it up with plenty of Ron Swanson-esque deadpan humor. And giggles. Don’t forget the giggles.

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Jul 12, 2018

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