Book review: ‘The Greatest Love Story Ever Told’

by LINCEE RAY for The Associated Press
This cover image released by Dutton shows "The Greatest Love Story Ever Told," by Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman. (Dutton via AP)
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‘The Greatest Love Story Ever Told’

Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman

Dutton, 2018

In their new book, actors and humorists Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman leave nothing off the table. “The Greatest Love Story Ever Told” describes their passionate marriage, acknowledges their non-traditional views of life and celebrates their ability to make it all work in Hollywood.

Raised in very different environments, Megan and Nick discuss their relationships with their families when they were growing up. Megan was an only child who navigated a dysfunctional home life. Nick grew up in the Midwest with loving parents and siblings. It makes sense that Megan put up her guard for a long time before letting Nick into her world. It also makes sense that he adores her with every fiber of his being.

The book is packed with hilarious, honest and wacky details about their sex life, religious beliefs and rise to stardom. Megan shares stories about her character Karen Walker on “Will & Grace” and how Nick happily stood behind her as her strongest advocate. When the tables turned and Nick landed the role of Ron Swanson on “Parks and Recreation,” Megan stepped out of the spotlight to let him shine.

Most of the chapters have been transcribed from a voice recorder and it takes concentration to remember who is speaking from the back-and-forth dialogue. But the individual essays are hilariously candid, and the affection that Megan and Nick have for each other is the recipe for an amazing love story. Some might argue it’s the greatest one ever told.

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