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I am a great fan of Nick Offerman, particularly in Parks and Rec. I picked up this book expecting to be clutching my sides laughing at wall to wall jokes and deliberately over-exaggerated guidelines on how to be manly, Ron Swanson style. What I got was a strange mix of autobiography, preachiness and some disappointingly puerile potty talk (all for a bit of filth if used appropriately, but this seemed gratuitous). Early on in the book, he writes a list of how to be manly which was pretty funny and what I expected, then right after goes "...is what I bet you expect me to say. However..." then he's back up on his soapbox again. Once more, I love Nick Offerman and Ron Swanson but this left me a little cold, which pains me to say. All the good bits in this book can also be found in his stand up show "American Ham" (many of the gags are reproduced verbatim), and I would honestly recommend watching that rather than getting this.
I made it about half way through this book and oh well found out I am not really that into Nick Offerman and his college antics, book was written in real language and and some things may be humerous to some just not me. so ok bookover all I may finish one day but for now I have just put it on the shelf and write it off.
The book as far as content is great, it’s the condition the book came in that was awful. It seems like it got wet or something. The back cover is rough feeling and the pages are crinkly. This was a gift for someone else so I’m pretty disappointed. It didn’t come in an envelope or anything, it was just shoved loosely in a box with a bunch of other stuff.
A bit preachy, but good nonetheless. I don't think I was the intended audience. I did enjoy hearing where Nick came from and how he got to where he is today but I did not enjoy the "homily" chapters where I was told how to live life.
I was expecting Nick Offerman to share similar view points to his character on Parks and Rec. I was wrong in my assumption. I quickly learned that Ron Swanson is fictional and very different than Nick Offerman. Still, it was an interesting read and well written.