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I Was a White Knight... Once: An Uncommon Memoir Paperback – September 16, 2011
~ Ben Kieffer, host of The Exchange, Iowa Public Radio
"[Nathan's memoir] paints a poignant vignette of an era and an epoch that, while not necessarily relatable to all of our lives, still resonates with the reader. The exemplary writing and moving mood of the narrative is compelling without being bombastic or unbelievable."
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Top Customer Reviews
Nathan delivers life's unpleasant periods in a palatable read as he leads you on his journey through childhood development, political unrest, crackpot adolescence, comedy, relationships... and war... while leaving you feeling a bit more appreciative of the experiences that shape us and what we've learned from them rather than being defined by them.
When Nathan writes, you rarely know what to expect as mid-serious anecdote, he stealth-swipes you an interjection sure to well a few tears of laughter. His stories are easy to relate to and at times, invoke a bit of your own nostalgia.
It was definitely worth my first Nook purchase, though I foresee buying the paperback, too. It is, without question, something I would read more than just once.
This is a journey through his life told by someone who truly knows how to tell stories. While he is a comedian, this isn't a book that is focused on just getting laughs. It is a genuinely interesting story of someone and their progress through life. The story can go from laughing out loud to where you think you might want to wipe a tear away.
I highly recommend this book and know you'll love it also.
While it definitely has sections that will make you laugh and witty commentary throughout (such as taking his daily dump in the bushes as a kid or fending off a stalker who just wants to be loved), I felt a range of emotions that many authors don't quite draw out of me. I sympathized with his parents' messy and drawn-out divorce, related with his confusing teenage years, and wanted to strangle the girl who strung him along and broke his heart (and also wanted to slap some sense into him).
It was frustrating to hear an inside account of what it takes to succeed in the unfair, cut-throat world of stand-up comedy--a business that often overlooks talent only to reward hacks and cheap gimmicks. The tales of his trips to entertain the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan were both eye-opening and humbling. No matter your political leanings, he pays the utmost respect to those fighting for our country, and in the process, humbles those of us who do not have the courage or ambition to do so ourselves.
If you've EVER wondered what it's like to fly through wartime Afghanistan, as a civilian, in a Black Hawk helicopter on your way to make people laugh... or even if you haven't... Nathan Timmel is the guy to ask.
His story, from the very first page, all the way to the end, will make you laugh, cry, and sometimes cringe. And you will do it at the precise time he wants you to.
The ONLY problem with this book is that it is TOO SHORT!!
Hopefully Mr. Timmel will not be a "one and done", but rather keep writing and keep the great stories coming.
You will not be disappointed in the least with this purchase.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am a military wife, and, besides my oldest son's insistence that I'd like the book, I was interested in the back storyline for these young comedians that gave their time to go... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
In his memoir Mr. Timmel divulged his secret life as a person who likes to commit sexual acts while dressed up as a animal. Strange yet mesmerizing and captivating.Published 11 months ago by stu
I saw this guy do stand up, and he plugged it during his show. Truly, the book is amazing. He grew up in the same city, in a neighborhood very close to my own. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Sarah Shelnutt
My favorite comedian and yet another great book by him. I love them all. I highly recommend you check this guy out.Published 22 months ago by Kali
This is a very interesting autobiography. The author is a wonderful storyteller and can describe things so well that you feel as if you're there watching it happen. Read morePublished on February 10, 2014 by quadfriendtx
I am a comic who gets to travel the road and meet many other comics. Often you don't get to know the guy you are working with well. Read morePublished on January 27, 2014 by S. Mccallister
Here's the thing about Nathan: he looks at the world in a manner unlike any person I've ever met.
Throughout this book, he'll give matter-of-fact descriptions of things... Read more
Honestly, this was the first book that has ever kept my interest and attention long enough to read beyond the first five pages; I'd say that's a HUGE success and should scream... Read morePublished on May 25, 2013 by SH
I purchased Mr. Timmel's book after attending one of his comedy shows, which we enjoyed very much. Just finished the book, and I must say, it felt like I was sitting down after the... Read morePublished on April 13, 2013 by Aleta Capelle