OK, folks, my curiosity got the better of me. I have no desire to watch Duck Dynasty, but The Duck Commander Family by Willie and Korie Robertson looked intriguing. The book is a quick read, and it’s told in both voices, although Willie does most of the narrating. It’s inspirational as both an “only in America” rags-to-riches story and as a testament to the power of faith in God. Where it falls apart is with its attempts to use food as a metaphor for their lives. Yes, I know that each episode of the show ends with a family dinner, but just what are these people eating? Frog legs? Fried squirrel? Back straps? (don’t ask about that last one)
Just reading about all that oil and grease they consume was enough to make my arteries harden. And these people in the South wonder why everyone is laughing at them! Anyway, I really got to know the family, and I even went onto YouTube to watch a summary of one of the episodes and snippets of their hunting videos. Willie talks a lot about how the business has grown and changed over the years, especially once he and Korie bought part of it from patriarch Phil. Their business model may not be for everyone (running a million-dollar empire out of their home, serving home-cooked meals to the employees, afternoon siestas and fishing trips), but they’re successfully filling a niche in “hunting country”, and for that I applaud them.