Gumption

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Gumption

Gumption

Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America's Gutsiest Troublemakers

  • Author: Nick Offerman
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 0698194446
  • Category: Humor
  • Page: 336
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The star of Parks and Recreation and author of the New York Times bestseller Paddle 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. From the Hardcover edition.

My Curious and Jocular Heroes

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My Curious and Jocular Heroes

My Curious and Jocular Heroes

Tales and Tale-Spinners from Appalachia

  • Author: Loyal Jones
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • ISBN: 0252099699
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 238
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We were going down the road, and we came to this house. There was a little boy standing by the road just crying and crying. We stopped, and we heard the biggest racket you ever heard up in the house. œWhat TMs the matter, son? œWhy, Maw and Paw are up there fightin TM. œWho is your Paw, son? œWell, that TMs what they are fightin TM over. Brimming with ballads, stories, riddles, tall tales, and great good humor, My Curious and Jocular Heroes pays homage to four people who guided and inspired Loyal Jones TMs own study of Appalachian culture. His sharp-eyed portraits introduce a new generation to Bascom Lunsford, the pioneer behind the œmemory collections of song and story at Columbia University and the Library of Congress; the Sorbonne-educated collector and performer Josiah H. Combs; Cratis D. Williams, the legendary father of Appalachian studies; and the folklorist and master storyteller Leonard W. Roberts. Throughout, Jones highlights the tales, songs, jokes, and other collected nuggets that define the breadth of each man TMs research and repertoire.

Good Clean Fun

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Good Clean Fun

Good Clean Fun

Misadventures in Sawdust at Offerman Woodshop

  • Author: Nick Offerman
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 1101985984
  • Category: Humor
  • Page: 352
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After two New York Times bestsellers, Nick Offerman returns with the subject for which he's known best—his incredible real-life woodshop. 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 by the OWS woodworkers themselves; and, what’s more, this tutelage is 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. Whether you’ve been working in your own shop for years, or if holding this stack of compressed wood pulp is as close as you’ve ever come to milling lumber, or even if you just love Nick Offerman’s brand of bucolic yet worldly wisdom, you’ll find Good Clean Fun full of useful, illuminating, and entertaining information. From the Hardcover edition.

Know That What You Eat You Are

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Know That What You Eat You Are

Know That What You Eat You Are

The Best Food Writing from Harper's Magazine

  • Author: Ellen Rosebush,Giulia Melucci
  • Publisher: American Retrospective
  • ISBN: 9781879957602
  • Category: Literary Collections
  • Page: 300
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"There is nothing new under the sun--or on the stove, kitchen table, or in the refrigerator, either. This collection of food writing from the archives of Harper's Magazine demonstrates that Americans have been thinking and caring about what and how they eat for more than a century and a half. The essays in Know That What You Eat You Are have been selected from Harper's Magazine's 167-year history and feature such celebrated writers as M.F.K. Fisher, Upton Sinclair, Ford Maddox Ford, Wendell Berry, David Foster Wallace, and Michael Pollan. Learn how a proper meal was served in 1875, the secrets of Jackie Kennedy's seafood and potato chip casserole, and how to forage for wild mushrooms and survive. There are chilling accounts of efforts to innovate new foods (Fritos, for instance) and preserve them for the late 20th century's burgeoning consumer culture. There are stories of foods coldly regarded as mere commodities (hello, Quinoa) and others that expound on how ensuring that what we eat is actually good is a responsibility we all share. The latest piece in the book is a hilarious crawl though the excess and absurdity of early 21st century dining in New York City that will have readers laughing deeply from their bellies while wondering if they might wish to fill it with an inflated pig's bladder. As the actor (Parks and Recreation), writer, documentarian and woodworker Nick Offerman states in his introduction, this satisfying spread of essays, while an excellent tasting menu of the many-faceted relations between Americans and their foodstuffs, serves as a clear journal of ways in which we have done our eating right, and of course, how we have burnt the toast to a crisp."--Publisher's description.