This book has a special place in my heart, for there few people in the entertainment world who have shown such class, such tremendous work ethic, and are worthy of admiration. The reasons why Nick Offerman deserves such high accolades are evident throughout this entire book. His passion comes pouring from his heart and soul and bleeds onto everything he touches.
A little about my admiration for Mr. Offerman before we dive into his book. Before I ever watched a single scene this man acted in, I was graced by his presence on some show showcasing how this actor who played a character that was a carpenter was actually an amazing wood worker in real life. This captivated me that this successful actor was not just some guy who threw on a flannel shirt and a fake mustache to act manly, but a real hard working callused hand, whiskey drinking, steak loving man. This obviously led me to binge watch all previous seasons of Parks and Recreation to take in every glorious episode of Sir Ron Swanson. If you have no idea who Ron Swanson is see clip below:
Needless to say after discovering this man was an incredible actor and someone who I could relate to as well as look up to for his genuine love for his trade (both in wood working and acting), I was a fan. The path that Nick Offerman took to get where he is today is an incredible story. It adds an element to his personality that can never be duplicated and explains why he is so incredible.
This path and journey is well documented in Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living. I am not one to exactly love reading books, however when it comes to the tale of Nick Offerman, one cannot help but be enthralled. His use of the english language, spoken and written, is award winning! In an age of flat out abuse of the english language, it is a refreshing tone and makes the reader almost take a step back to take in every word that is written.
This book may not be for everyone but most definitely has something to offer for every man out there. There are so many life lessons and tips that one can apply to their own chaos, that any guy who reads this will most certainly be a better man by the end of the book. This book is absolutely in the top 5 books I’ve read in my lifetime. I hope that some of you will gaze upon it’s pages reading the words, spoken in Nick’s unique voice of course, and smile at how this farm boy has now come so far just by following his passion.
P.S. If you have a road trip coming up or just don’t feel like flipping through pages Nick Offerman actually narrates this book on tape:Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living