One of my guilty pleasures in this world is reading celebrity memoirs. I don’t know why I enjoy them so much. Maybe it’s my own bookish version of reading gossip magazines– except I know I’m getting information straight from the source.
My latest pick from this genre is The Greatest Love Story Ever Told by Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman.
I am a huge fan of Parks & Rec and I remember when I found out that Nick & Megan were a real life couple it somehow made the Ron & Tammy scenes that much funnier for me. I was excited for this book and to get an inside look at their real relationship.
It should be noted I listened to the audio book recording of this book versus reading a hard copy. Nonfiction seems to be the only audio books I can concentrate on anymore.
“At last, the full story behind Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman’s epic romance, including stories, portraits, and the occasional puzzle, all telling the smoldering tale that has fascinated Hollywood for over a decade.
The year: 2000. The setting: Los Angeles. A gorgeous virtuoso of an actress had agreed to star in a random play, and a basement-dwelling scenic carpenter had said he would assay a supporting role in the selfsame pageant. At the first rehearsal, she surveyed her fellow cast members, as one does, 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. Then fired a love rocket (not a euphemism). The players were Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman, and the resulting romance, once it 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, endured 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, in a book. Featuring anecdotes, hijinks, interviews, 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.” — Goodreads
★★★ This was a three star read for me, which is pretty typical for how I rate celebrity memoirs. They’re easy, enjoyable reads but there usually isn’t anything earth shattering or dare I say important conveyed. Three stars doesn’t mean I don’t recommend it– it’s just hard for me to rate this kind of book as highly as I do some of my favorite works of fiction.
It is also important to mention that two of the chapters of this book contained photographs and since I listened to the audio version I had to simply hear these photos described. It definitely doesn’t have the same effect. That being said, listening to Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman play off one another is truly lovely and they seem like really genuine people who I would love to spend time with. The audiobook also contains a bonus chapter where you hear the couple talk about some of their likes and dislikes.
Get your own copy on Amazon.