How to Have a Successful Relationship. By Karen Walker from Will and Grace, and Ron Swanson from Parks and Recreation. Just kidding, it’s told from the real life couple who only PLAY Karen and Ron. Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman.
Published: October 2, 2018
My Copy Came From: My Audible Subscription
Read Via: Audio Book (Audible App)
Genre: Marriage, Actor & Entertainer Biographies
My Like Level: 4 out of 5
Book Summary from Amazon:
*A New York Times Bestseller*
Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman reveal the full story behind their epic romance–presented in a series of intimate conversations between the couple, including photos, anecdotes, and the occasional puzzle.
The year: 2000. The setting: Los Angeles. A gorgeous virtuoso of an actress agreed to star in a random play, and a basement-dwelling scenic carpenter said he would assay a supporting role in the selfsame pageant. At the first rehearsal she surveyed her fellow cast members, determining if any of the men might qualify to provide her with a satisfying fling. Her gaze fell upon the carpenter, and like a bolt of lightning the thought struck her: no dice. Moving on.
Yet, unbeknownst to our protagonists, Cupid had merely set down his bow and picked up a rocket launcher . . . that fired a love rocket (not a euphemism). The players were Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman, and the resulting romance, once ignited, was . . . epic. Beyond epic. It resulted in a coupling that has endured to this day; a sizzling, perpetual tryst that has captivated the world with its kindness, athleticism, astonishingly low-brow humor, and true (fire emoji) passion.
How did they do it? They came from completely different families, ignored a significant age difference, and were separated by the gulf of several social strata. Megan loved books and art history; Nick loved hammers. But much more than these seemingly unsurpassable obstacles were the values they held in common: respect, decency, the ability to mention genitalia in almost any context, and an abiding obsession with the songs of Tom Waits.
Eighteen years later, they’re still very much in love and have finally decided to reveal the philosophical mountains they have conquered, the lessons they’ve learned, and the myriad jigsaw puzzles they’ve completed. Presented as an oral history in a series of conversations between the couple, the book features anecdotes, hijinks, photos, and a veritable grab bag of tomfoolery. This is not only the intoxicating book that Mullally’s and Offerman’s fans have been waiting for, it might just hold the solution to the greatest threat facing our modern world: the single life.
OK, if you decide that this is your next book, I must INSIST you listen to it on Audible (get it free by clicking here). I cannot tell you how many times I laughed while listening because I truly lost count. In Megan and Nick’s own words, the general public has deemed them an official “Couple Goals” pair. They go on to say this becomes a burdensome title to carry when you are annoyed with your significant other in public, and the world thinks you are the perfect pair. Especially when the dreaded paparazzi are hot on your tail. But really, the two of them radiate love and friendship for each other. In all honesty, I didn’t know up until a year ago that these two funny people were even married. Let alone for 18 years! They really are a match made in Funny Heaven. Side note: Funny Heaven is a real place and I am going to Trademark that phrase. One of my favorite parts of the audiobook is when they describe photos that are in the book to the listener. If you read the book, you get a visual on these two growing up through awkward phases of life, and during odd fashions choices. But as listeners, we get to hear the behind the scenes commentary directly from Megan and Nick. I was dying laughing while mopping my kitchen floor! This is a great listen for anyone. There isn’t a ton of political mumbo jumbo, although there a couple of jabs here and there, but it wasn’t bothersome or imposing. There are a few things repeated in the book but that actually makes it feel even more like relationship stories from your friends or family. It’s like, “Yeah yeah, we’ve heard about how you met a thousand times and how in love you are.” Ha ha! These guys offer relationship advice in a casual format without pushing any ideals on their readers. They are hilariously comical when it comes to the intimate aspects of their relationship, and rather than straying from the topic, they take it to the extreme. Ear muffs! Hilarity ensues and more laughter erupts from me. Another fun thing you get as an audiobook listener, is musical interludes from Megan’s band “Nancy & Beth”. Nick sarcastically points out the fact that no one in her band is actually named Nancy or Beth, which I also found to be pretty funny.
I loved this book, and I love them. Pick this one up when you’re in the mood for laughter. This isn’t a horn tooting celebrity biography. It is a genuine “We just want to make you laugh and tell you a little bit more about us story.”