Gumption

Gumption

Relighting the Torch of Freedom With America's Gutsiest Troublemakers

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Penguin Putnam
The star of Parks and Recreation and author of the New York Times bestsellerPaddle Your Own Canoe returns with a second book that humorously highlights twenty-one figures from our nation’s history, from her inception to present day—Nick’s personal pantheon of “great Americans.”

To millions of people, Nick Offerman is America. Both Nick and his character, Ron Swanson, are known for their humor and patriotism in equal measure.

After the great success of his autobiography, Paddle Your Own Canoe, Offerman now focuses on the lives of those who inspired him. From George Washington to Willie Nelson, he describes twenty-one heroic figures and why they inspire in him such great meaning. He combines both serious history with light-hearted humor—comparing, say, Benjamin Franklin’s abstinence from daytime drinking to his own sage refusal to join his construction crew in getting plastered on the way to work. The subject matter also allows Offerman to expound upon his favorite topics, which readers love to hear—areas such as religion, politics, woodworking and handcrafting, agriculture, creativity, philosophy, fashion, and, of course, meat.

Random House, Inc.
The star of Parks and Recreation and author of the New York Times bestsellerPaddle Your Own Canoe returns with a second book that humorously highlights twenty-five figures from our nation’s history, from her inception to present day—Nick’s personal pantheon of “great Americans.”

To millions of people, Nick Offerman is America. Both Nick and his character, Ron Swanson, are known for their humor and patriotism in equal measure.

After the great success of his autobiography, Paddle Your Own Canoe, Offerman now focuses on the lives of those who inspired him. From George Washington to Willie Nelson, he describes a few dozen of these heroic figures and why they inspire in him such great meaning. He’ll combine both serious history with light-hearted humor—comparing, say, George Washington’s wooden teeth to his own experience as a woodworker. The subject matter will also allow Offerman to expound upon his favorite topics, which readers love to hear—areas such as religion, politics, woodworking and handcrafting, agriculture, creativity, philosophy, fashion, and, of course, meat.

Baker & Taylor
The star of "Parks and Recreation" pays tribute to inspiring mischief makers, from George Washington to Willie Nelson, while expounding on such topics as religion, handcrafting, and meat.

Baker
& Taylor

The star of Parks and Recreation and author of the best-selling Paddle Your Own Canoe pays tribute to inspiring mischief makers, from George Washington to Willie Nelson, while expounding on such topics as religion, handcrafting and meat.

Publisher: New York : Dutton, [2015]
New York : Dutton, [2015]
ISBN: 9780525954675
0525954678
Branch Call Number: 973.002 OFF 2015
Characteristics: xvii, 382 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Revacard
Oct 18, 2016

I read half the book and gave up. There needs to be more facts and less of his political ramblings and other ramblings in general. He is like a Sarah Vowell-lite (he does reference her in his book).

Positively, Offerman is a good reader of his book, and I did enjoy many of the facts in it. And I like his theme throughout the parts I read of hard work and respect for those that do.

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gypsytwilight
Feb 17, 2016

This was a decent book but the writing quality was a tad weak. I thought he picked interesting people to biography and his research unearthed some interesting facts about them but I just felt as though it would have been much better if authored by someone with stronger writing skills.

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Madreley
Oct 28, 2015

Some people may enjoy the book more than me. I did not care for the style of writing.

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