Well, here we are – the end of the first week of my 52 books in 52 weeks challenge. I haven’t given up yet and thrown my book across the room, overcome by the pressure of it all… so I think that’s a pretty good start.
What book did I choose to kick off my challenge with? Nothing other than…
Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living
Pages per day: 48.5
Let me get this straight right from the get-go:
I adore Nick Offerman.
I loved him in Parks and Recreation (even watching each episode twice over), and I’ve seen his comedy show, American Ham, at least three times (it’s on Netflix – do yourself a favour). I’m seeing him live in January. He is my hero. This book only reiterated that fact.
Paddle Your Own Canoe is, in fact, based on aforementioned comedy show, and, to put it quite simply, will make you smile, perhaps more than many other books you’ve read.
If you’re familiar with Nick Offerman’s character from Parks and Recreation, Ron Swanson, you’ll know him as a gloriously sarcastic, wonderfully manly man with a deep love of red meat and one hell of a moustache. I won’t disappoint you: this is Nick Offerman in real life, too. And yet he is also so much more. But sometimes minus the moustache.
This book retells the story of his life, from helping out on his parent’s farm as a young boy, to creating his own theatre company with a group of friends in Chicago, to moving to LA to further his screen career. Interwoven with these recounts are important lessons about life, told in his no-nonsense way, which are as thought-provoking as they are hilarious. We learn about Nick’s (I feel like I’m on first name basis with him after reading this book) passion for woodworking (his hand-made canoe, Huckleberry, features on the front cover of the book), the trials and triumphs faced throughout his many auditions, his soft spot for hallucinogens and his top-secret wedding. There is (probably) nothing that’s not touched on in this book.
One thing that really struck me (book geek alert) is Nick Offerman’s amazing vocabulary. Seriously, he uses such wonderful words to tell his story, which just wins me over more so – I am such a word nerd. This being said, with all of the wonderful words he has used to further his tales, he had me at the several mentions of “meatstuffs”. Seriously, if you have not read/are not planning to read this book, you are missing out.
Reading Paddle Your Own Canoe, I realised just how much of a pure-and-simple wonderful person Nick Offerman is. He is hard working and down-to-earth, and the way he absolutely adores his family and, of course, his babe of a wife (Will & Grace star Megan Mullally and my ultimate lady crush) is completely inspiring. Plus he is gloriously crude, which is always a win. The forward in his book is entitled ‘foreplay’. I shit you not. All he wants is for everyone in the world to take some time away from technology to appreciate how damn amazing the world is, and that we all treat each other with basic respect.
If Nick Offerman wasn’t my favourite person in the world before reading this book, he is now.
I cannot recommend this book enough. Offerman fan or not, everyone will take something away with them after reading this book, whether it’s an appreciation for the finer things in life, or perhaps just a reminder that we all just need to behave like decent human beings.
Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living by the one and only Nick Offerman. Check this book out of the library, get it from your local book store, or buy it on Book Depository right here. Please let me know if you buy it/read it – I would love to hear your thoughts!
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Next week’s book is The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, as suggested by Jess over at Je Suis Jessica. Stay tuned for the review, which will be posted next Monday.
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