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Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living

By Nick Offerman

By way of turning out to be a strong mustache, masticating beef, construction a chair, or wooing a girl, who higher to coach you than the consistently fascinating, regularly manly Nick Offerman, top referred to as Parks and Recreation’s Ron Swanson? Combining his trademark comedian voice and extremely genuine services in carpentry, Paddle your personal Canoe features stories from Offerman’s youth (born, actually, in the course of an Illinois cornfield) to his theater days in Chicago to the, frankly, wonderful seduction of his spouse, Megan Mullally. Offerman additionally stocks his hard-bitten conflict ideas within the arenas of manliness, love, types, and faith, and necessary suggestion on getting the maximum excitement out of woodworking, diversified meats, open air recreations, and different palatable entrees.

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