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I was expecting this to be a lot more light-hearted, off the cuff - and although I definitely read it in Ron Swanson's voice, with cocked eyebrows emphasising my need to understand, it's very honest and sensible. I'm 26% through, so kindle tells me, as I don't get a lot of time to read, but having Nick on my phone whenever I get a spare moment is proving very inspiring.
It's just a shame I couldn't add a few stars to my score - it definitely exceeds expectations thus far.
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.
Impossible not to read in his voice. Highly recommend a glass of something pleasant and to sit and read it like he's spinning you a tale over a few drinks. Loved it - funny, engaging, and every now and then the man has a damn point.
Whether your a Parks and Rec fan, or a woodworker, or just someone who has any sense of humor at all, you'll love this book. Offerman has such fantastic tales to tell, mixing the poignant with the hilarious, and throwing in a few life lessons that everyone can learn from too.
Entertaining, full of meaning and partly autobiographical; this book is a must-have for any man at any stage of his life where he is considering change or adding new elements to his life must read this: it is about bravery, it is about being a real person, it is about being a MAN. Fantastic read.
So me and my friend are both fans of Nick Offerman. I bought this as his birthday gift, I read it myself and it's a good read. If you are a man, like to read and you like manly things, this is the book for you.