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Nick Offerman

Born: 1970 in Joliet, Illinois
Connection to Illinois: Offerman was born in Joliet and raised in Minooka. He attended Minooka Community High School and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. In 1993, he and a group of fellow students co-founded the Defiant Theatre, a Chicago-based theatre company. He lived in Chicago in the mid-1990s, where he participated with the Steppenwolf, Goodman, and Wisdom Bridge theater companies. *At Steppenwolf, he also worked as a fight choreographer and master carpenter.

Biography: Nick Offerman is the New York Times bestselling author of Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living, Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America's Gutsiest Troublemakers, and Good Clean Fun: Misadventures in Sawdust at Offerman Woodshop, as well as co-author of The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, with his wife, Megan Mullally. An actor, writer, humorist, and carpenter, Offerman is widely known for his breakout role as Ron Swanson in the acclaimed NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation, for which he received the Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy. His first major television role since the end of Parks and Recreation was his role as Karl Weathers in the FX series Fargo, for which he received a Critics' Choice Television Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries. Nick and Megan live in Los Angeles, California, with their pups and a fairly decent collection of assorted wood clamps.

  • The Greatest Love Story Ever Told: An Oral History New York Times Bestseller

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

Good Clean Fun: Misadventures in Sawdust at Offerman Woodshop
ISBN: 1101984651 OCLC:

Dutton 2016

Nestled among the glitz and glitter of Tinseltown is a testament to American elbow grease and an honest-to-god hard day's work: Offerman Woodshop. Captained by hirsute woodworker, actor, comedian, and writer Nick Offerman, the shop produces not only fine handcrafted furniture, but also fun stuff -- kazoos, baseball bats, ukuleles, mustache combs, even cedar-strip canoes. Now Nick and his ragtag crew of champions want to share their experience of working at the Woodshop, tell you all about their passion for the discipline of woodworking, and teach you how to make a handful of their most popular projects along the way. This book takes readers behind the scenes of the woodshop, both inspiring and teaching them to make their own projects and besotting them with the infectious spirit behind the shop and its complement of dusty wood-elves. In these pages you will find a variety of projects for every skill level, with personal, easy-to-follow instructions, augmented by mouth-watering color photos (Nick calls it wood porn ). You will also find writings by Nick offering recipes for both comestibles and mirth, humorous essays, odes to his own woodworking heroes, insights into the ethos of woodworking in modern America, and other assorted tomfoolery.

Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America's Gutsiest Troublemakers
ISBN: 0525954678 OCLC:

Dutton 2015

As a follow up to his autobiography, Paddle Your Own Canoe, the star of Parks and Recreation 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 serious history with light-hearted humor -- comparing, say, George Washington's wooden teeth to his own experience as a woodworker. The subject matter allows Offerman to expound upon his favorite topics, areas such as religion, politics, woodworking and handcrafting, agriculture, creativity, philosophy, fashion, and, of course, meat.

Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living
ISBN: 0451467094 OCLC:

Dutton 2014

The actor known for roles in such productions as Parks and Recreation shares whimsical musings on a range of topics from love and manliness to grooming and eating meat, offering additional discussions of his life before fame and his courtship of his wife, Megan Mullally.

The Greatest Love Story Ever Told: An Oral History
ISBN: 1101986670 OCLC:

Dutton 2018

The popular comedic couple trace the story of their relationship, sharing anecdotes, family photos, and secrets that reveal how they overcame considerable social differences through their shared values and mutual love of music and laughter.

Where the Deer and the Antelope Play: The Pastoral Observations of One Ignorant American Who Loves to Walk Outside
ISBN: 1101984694 OCLC:

Dutton 2021

With wit, heartwarming stories and a keen insight into new and exciting ways to see both the past and the future of the country, the actor, writer and woodworker takes a literary journey to America's frontier to celebrate the people and landscape that have made it great.