I was only a few chapters into this book when I started brainstorming ways to gift it to my fiance without coming off as patronizing. Giving a relationship book to your partner is … tricky (especially when your partner isn’t a big reader). It’s a wonderful, delightful book with some truly fantastic insights into relationships and specifically long-lasting, healthy relationships. And our relationship IS flipping amazing. I just loved this book. Anyway, I’ll figure it out.
If you couldn’t tell by the cover, this is the love story of two of the greats: Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman. As someone who grew up on a very strict TV diet (I discovered most television thanks to streaming) my knowledge of Will and Grace was passing at best. To me, Megan Mullally is Tammy II. For me it was also learning about her and her career and seeing (and worshiping) her through Nick Offerman’s eyes. Y’all, that man is stone-cold dumb in love and it is amazing.
This is the rare celebrity memoir in which the roles they’ve played and the people they’ve met are freaking tertiary. This book is about them – the lives they’ve lived and the life they now live together. Both speak at length about the homes they grew up in and how that shaped them as people and as partners. The overall book is somewhere between oral history and regular memoir. Every other chapter is written as a dialogue between them in which they discuss their parents, religion, or what have you, each topic a separate chapter. In between those, they switch off writing chapters of their own. It really works quite well and keeps overall effort flowing nicely.
I’m scripting how the conversation is going to go. “If I gave you a book about a relationship, a) would you be offended and b) would you read it and c) would Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman change either a) or b).” I think that’ll work for me.