Book Description

I Was a White Knight... Once by Nathan Timmel

The Indie Book of the Day for 7th of July 2012!

Genre: Memoir, Humor

What causes a man to stand on a cold and sometimes unforgiving stage, telling jokes and looking for the approval of strangers? For Nathan, the answer lies in his upbringing: ten cities, ten schools, and ten sets of friends within the first decade of his life. Parents whose volatile marriage sparked more than one horrific memory, including his mother’s ride on the hood of the family car to keep her estranged husband from taking the kids. Stories like these usually end with damaged children doomed to become damaged adults. Fortunately, Nathan turned his inner mayhem into a profession. It would be years before he understood what drew him to stand-up comedy, but once Nathan found the spotlight, the pieces fell into place.

This memoir follows Nathan’s life through blissful childhood ignorance, self-loathing, overcompensation, and absolution. He takes the reader across the U.S. and into Iraq and Afghanistan, where he performed for American troops stationed far from home, had shows cancelled by incoming mortars, and heard applause punctuated by explosions. Funny, poignant and at times uplifting, Nathan’s story of personal downfall and redemption is at once universal and a unique glimpse into someone still looking for the approval of strangers.

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IBD Editorial Verdict

It feels refreshing to learn more about the people that take to the stage for our entertainment. I Was a White Knight… Once, is a memoir, which is not only ordinary and at times innocent at heart, but connects with the reader on many universal levels. The ‘tour of humor’ in Iraq also throws light on the lives of troops stationed there. Nathan Timmel is witty, humorous and has a way with the words. To Nathan: write more books!

Book Insight

  • File Size: 1915 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615539890
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: BookBaby (August 8, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GLJTR8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled

Read Sample

Normally the way to play this would be either pithy, or straight, but I can think of nothing interesting on either side of that coin. I don’t enjoy writing about myself in the third person, yet to have my wife write up something would subject the reader to all the “wrong” things I do around the house (spends more time talking to the animals to me, walks around house naked for absurd amount of time after showering, etc). I guess in all the most important thing to know is: I am a comedian, which means I feel it is my job to make people giggle. This should be reflected in my body of work, as well as my pasty, out of shape, shameful physical body.

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