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Nick Offerman: What I’m Reading

Nick Offerman

The Braindead Megaphone by George Saunders

“His essays are profound,” the actor raves of the short story scribe. “Eye-opening, empathetic, gut-busting.”

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The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey

In his 1975 classic, “Abbey recommends engaging in sabotage,” says the star. “I know we shouldn’t commit crimes, but I’m with him in spirit!”

Why We Make Things and Why It Matters by Peter Korn

A “moving” philosophical reflection written by a fell woodworker, “it’s about using your creativity to make anything with your hands.”

Official Book Club Selection by Kathy Griffin

The comedienne’s memoir “had a surprising depth, aside from being really hilarious.”

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A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle

“I just reread it. The message is that the most important thing is loving those around you,” the Parks and Recreation alum, 44, says of the 1962 fantasy. “I’m grateful.”

Our Only World by Wendell Berry

After the collection of essays on war and environmental destruction was released in February, “I bought a few dozen to send to friends.”

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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Wife Megan Mullally, recommended the caper, he notes: “That’s coming up!”

The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan

The environmentalist actor finds this book about how plants play the human race by making themselves attractive to people, “deliciously fascinating.” 

The Book of the SubGenius by Rev. Ivan Stang and J.R. “Bob” Dobbs

“It’s the most honest religious book I’ve ever read,” Offerman said about the parody. “I would say adhering to the tenants of the SubGenius will make you money and get you sex!”

Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell

The actor says that Vowell is “hyper intelligent” and “so charming and relatable that I want to hear her teach me about anything, cardboard, white bread, you name it.”

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The Last American Man by Elizabeth Gilbert

Offerman says he’s quite “swept away” with the Eat, Pray, Love author’s book about a man who wanted to get out of his house and into the woods.

A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

Also listened to on tape with his wife Megan Mullally, 56, Offerman said this book “is such a great piece of modern satire.” 

Nick Offerman calls his new book, Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers ($27, Dutton), a tribute to “21 great Americans.”