Gumption by Nick Offerman

Nick Offerman is a splendid humorist and a fine woodworker and I am fascinated by the dichotomy. Acting and woodworking seem so different, it feels rare to find someone not only interested in both fields but is extremely talented in both.

I enjoy observing comedic artists and only recently have I tried to learn woodworking. I read Offerman’s first book Paddle Your Own Canoe and I was mesmerized by the whole thing. Offerman is hilarious wordsmith with a unique perspective.

So naturally, I picked up his second book Gumption, but it didn’t live up to the high expectations I had. Is it funny? Yes. Is it interesting? Yes. However, there are plenty of tangents that felt like filler or fluff. I appreciate Offerman’s realistic portrayal of our founding fathers and the noticeable lack of founding mothers. He doesn’t adhere to an idealistic, saintly perspective of historical men and women.

The book was more interesting when we started to discuss his modern heroes and contemporaries, people he has actually met and conversed with.

I don’t think this is a bad book, it just didn’t capture my attention like his first.