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This is a great book, I like Offerman's character in Parks and Recreation and have read about the author/comic actor before so, I will admit, I was in many ways predisposed to liking this book from the beginning.
I have given it four stars rather than five for two reasons, I think a lot of people may have thought this believing it was a book written by or from the (one dimensional when you think about it) perspective of Offerman's most popular character Ron Swanson (in fairness Offerman deals with that pretty early on in the book, although some of the illustrations and content made me think he was swinging back and forth between writing that sort of book and something more biographical instead) and the second reason, well, some of the content felt a little like "filler" to me, all the material about religion for instance, maybe its more significant for American readers but I thought it was all a bit of an uninteresting digression.
The chapters are each on a theme, as I have already said they are pretty biographical, resonate a certain grisled warmth too, its really interesting to read about the characters and life that lead Offerman to create Ron Swanson, the character is a combination of a number of people from his life, his father, uncles, other family. Interspacing the chapters or at the end of each there is a kind of endnote which is a kind of short essay upon a theme, such as food or religion (just two which stood out for me, I like the former and the later less so).
This was an interesting and amusing book, as I have said I bought it mainly because I am a fan of the author and their character Ron Swanson, although I think perhaps you could enjoy this if you were not acquainted with either, you could even develop an interest in woodworking.
I read this as I love Parks & Recreation, with Nick Offerman playing the wonderful Ron Swanson. A great & very funny read about his life, loves & work. Fantastic to learn that lots of Ron is made up of the real Nick - woodworking, saxophone & Megan Mullally.
Nick Offermans' personal views to life and his family history are enlightening, entertaining and endearing. It's a nice little book, filled with common sense, family values, portraying a funny. civilized, no-nonsense character that differs from Ron Swanson in surprising quantity.