Review: Paddle Your Own Canoe – Nick Offerman.

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’s not surprising… I love Parks and Recreation, I do rather like Nick Offerman, and I’m partial to books, so put it all together and I will follow. This is what an autobiography should be in basic terms: a book about his life, but it’s sprinkled with advice and guidance on things like his facial hair, and eating red meat, with a dose of stern opinion thrown in for good measure.

It was all interesting from a fan point-of-view, but to be honest the whole thing picked up once he met Megan, for me at least – it went from being good ol’ fun, to great ol’ fun. The way he talks about her has always been something I liked, and that’s no different written down. Then comes Parks and Recreation, the journey to that point, the joys of being part of something like that, the artistic struggle of candyfloss vaginas and eating 21 scoops of ice cream. But he suffers for his art, does Nick.

It’s a bit like the book version of his American Ham, with a bit more life thrown in. If you like Nick, you’ll like this, basically. It’s as simple as that.

New American Library

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