Saturday, July 20, 2013

The Duck Commander Family By Willie & Korie Robertson Book Review

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The Duck Commander Family
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Title: The Duck Commander Family
Authors: Willie & Korie Robertson
Madi's Source: Review Book From The Publisher
Bethany's Source: Review Book From The Publisher
Number Of Pages: 259
ISBN: 978-1-4767-0354-1
Publisher: Howard Publishers
Publication Date: 2012
Madi's Rating: 5 Out Of 5 Stars
Bethany's Rating: 5 Out Of 5 Stars
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Faith. Family. Ducks—in that order. This book gives readers an up-close and personal, behind-the-scenes look at the family in the exploding A&E show—Duck Dynasty. This Louisiana bayou family operates Duck Commander, a booming family business that has made them millions. You’ll hear all about the Robertson clan from Willie and what it was like growing up in the Robertson household. You’ll sample some of Willie’s favorite family recipes from Phil, Kay, and even some of his own concoctions; and you’ll get to know the beautiful Robertson women. You’ll hear from Korie about the joys and hardships of raising a family, running a business, and wrangling the Robertson men while staying fashionable and beautiful inside and out. Discover more about the family dynamics between brothers Willie, Jase, Jep, and parents Phil and Kay. You’ll even meet a fourth brother who isn’t in the show.

     The popularity of Duck Dynasty is skyrocketing, garnering a Wednesday-night top two finish in all of cable. The book releases in time for season two of the show in October 2012.
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It was so great to kind of get a "behind-the-scenes" look at A&E's hit show Duck Dynasty, in this book The Duck Commander Family written by a couple of the shows stars. My family and I will gather in the living room every Wednesday night and enjoy some very comical and inspirational redneck entertainment via Duck Dynasty. I may live in the city, but I have country roots and I live in Texas, so I can most definitely appreciate the southern hospitality and redneck ingenuity demonstrated by the people of Duck Commander. Some of the stories that Willie shared from his childhood sounded so much like the tales that my dad and uncles exchange at the Thanksgiving table that I wonder if I might be somehow related to the Robertson's somewhere up there in the bloodline ;) . Both Willie and Korie Robertson were very candid about where they started, and how hard it was to get there. A multi-million dollar company doesn't just happen you know, and it was nice to see a whole different side of the reality TV show characters that I have come to love.
One of the things that I loved most about this book was how Willie and Korie explained why they act the way that they do, and why their kids are the fine ladies and gentlemen that they are. I wish more parents would instill some good ol' Christian/southern values in their children. As Scotty McCreery Says: "Nobody eats till ya say amen, and everybody knows your mom and them." That's the Texas (and as far as the Robertsons are concerned, Louisiana) way.
If you are looking for an enlightening, humorous or inspirational book to read this weekend, you've hit the jackpot with this jewel.
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Ever since I watched my first episode of Duck Dynasty, I fell in love with the Robertson family and their philosophy on faith, family and life. So naturally I was delighted to be able to read the book by Willie and Korie and really enjoyed getting to hear about what life was like growing up for Willie in the Robertson family before they were super wealthy due with the Duck Commander business. One of the things that stuck out to me was even though the Robertson family was considered poor before Duck Commander (I know, it's hard to believe!), the stories that Willie tells from his childhood were a testament to the fact that just because you don't have a lot of money doesn't mean you can't have a good childhood. Because honestly, money has nothing to do with the quality of life you live.
If you've seen Duck Dynasty, then you'll be quick to note that the Robertson family has a thing for food. So it was no shock to see that they named each of the seventeen chapters after....get! :) Another neat aspect of this book is how you can find a recipe that goes along with the chapter's title at the back of each chapter complete with ingredients, directions as well as a comment from Willie or Korie about where the recipe came from, or why they love making it. Some of the recipes included in this book are:
  • Willie's Beans & Rice
  • Fried Bologna Sandwiches
  • Fried Catfish
  • Willie's Meatloaf
  • Duck Sausage Pizza
  • Crawfish Balls
  • Chicken Strips
  • Duck Gumbo
  • Garlic Frog Legs
and more!
Another thing I loved about the book was the forty pictures in the middle of the book, from baby pictures, to pictures of the Duck Dynasty clan (Mainly Willie and Korie's family though) that were taken recently. I always love looking at pictures, and enjoyed seeing all the pictures of Willie before his beard. :)
In all, I loved this book, and would highly recommend it to someone looking for a humorous read that is full of wonderful quotes on family, faith and general life. If you are a Duck Dynasty fan and interested in learning about the Robertson's life before Duck Commander, then you should totally read this book, Jack, cause it's a fact that it'll make you happy, happy, happy! Okay, so enough with the puny-ness, but seriously go read it! :)
I'd like to sincerely thank Howard publishing for providing me with a complementary copy of The Duck Commander Family to review. I was not paid to review this book and all thoughts are my own and completely honest and unbiased.

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