Paddle Your Own Canoe - Nick Offerman

Paddle Your Own Canoe

By Nick Offerman

  • Release Date: 2013-10-01
  • Genre: Humor
Score: 4
From 304 Ratings


Parks and Recreation actor and Making It co-host 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.


  • Dave Barry Like

    By Szolnokred
    I used to read Dave Barry, a comedic writer whose style was very similar to Offermans, straightforward with interesting analogies I would have never have thought of. The book is delightful and has a readable rhythm that gets changed up ever so often so as not to be bored or mired in predictability. The book was longer than expected which was a good thing, especially the parts when he has self realizations. Pick it up it will open your world.
  • Paddle your own canoe

    By BMC Sports Radio
    Insult to any reader.Nick Offerman is not funny or witty in the least and his book drags on and on, repeating the same immature pranks and tricks until you are bored to sleep.
  • We are not worthy...

    By Kool Ade 9
    Nick Offerman has just plain figured it out, and we are indeed fortunate that he can articulate his wisdom in such an entertaining way. Thanks for setting us straight, Sensei-Offerman!
  • Awesome

    By Charlie Henning
    This book explains a part of nick I wouldvd never Imagined. I highly suggest this book if you want a good laugh.
  • Funny & incitefull.

    By brogersdesign
    A look into the mind of the actor, not the character he plays, though there are some similarities. A good read, filled with stories & opinions, meant to be enjoyed, not taken completely seriously.
  • Review of Paddle

    By Dblarch
    A very interesting book looking into the life of Nick Offerman. Having grown up in a small town in Illinois, went to U of I in Champaign-Urbana, worked in Chicago and a Carpenter, I could relate to his story. Although R rated at times Nick lets us in to the real world behind the scenes of acting in plays, TV and movies. Of course its pretty funny too!
  • Terrible

    By Scoldylocks
    One of the worst books I have read. Major waste of time.
  • It is what it is

    By K Bake
    I really enjoyed the book and found it insightful and funny. If you have no idea who Nick Offerman is or what's he's about you may want to look into it before you read the book or write a poor review cause you did not agree with the authors philosophy on life in a book which he clearly states he is going to rant about life
  • Wish I would have read the sample.

    By Tx_jrod
    It's about a guy who had all the ingredients to become a man, but LA just made another hippy with a mustache. Wish I could get my money back.