So, when a friend asks you to write a review of their book, you should read it right away. Don't delay! Don’t procrastinate and let those little things like…life, moving homes, losing your job, or getting lost in a steamy romance novel, distract you from what is really important; reading a friends creative work. That is my lesson learned! This is a long overdue review of, I Was a White Knight…Once: An Uncommon Memoir by Nathan Timmel.
Timmel is a good friend, professional comedian, and an excellent writer. Having followed his blog for quite some time, I knew this would be a great book. However, I was surprised at the candor and openness he displayed in writing his memoir. If you have ever sat and wondered, “Am I the only one who has held onto a crazy doomed relationship like this?” Or, if you have ever sat and listened to a comedian and wondered, “Where the hell does he get this stuff?” Then, you are the perfect person to pick up this book and settle in for a great read. Nothing is held back as he bares his soul in reflection. Somehow he manages to make you laugh in one sentence then he draws you into the frustration and anxiety experienced in the next part of his story. Timmel takes you through his growing up, his parents divorce, crazy stalkers, horrible relationships; this book has it all!
Intermingled in the tale of his upbringing, you will hear stories from a different side of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Timmel has traveled numerous times overseas to entertain our troops to help lighten their heart and mind, if only for those moments; doing his part to support the troops. It is different reading the perspective of the war from someone who steps into the active war zone for brief periods of time in a totally different role. He ends up being witness to active attacks, dizzying helicopter rides and real moments of emotion with those he encounters.
I’m not one who regularly reads memoirs and this would not be my normal choice in reading material. In fact, I admit to reading this purely because it was Nathan. I’ve seen him perform numerous times, and love how his routine has changed and grown over the years. He is one of the best comedians I have ever seen and so I wanted to read his book out of curiosity. As a reader, you get sucked into the emotion and realness of his story. Sitting in my reading chair, I was giggling to myself through parts, rolling my eyes at his crass nature and shaking my head in wonderment. I challenge you to pick up this book and promise you will enjoy it whole-heartedly, just as I did.
Purchase your copy of I Was a White Knight…. Once: An Uncommon Memoir on Amazon.
And check out Nathans blog and upcoming performances at: www.nathantimmel.com
PS~ In case you were wondering, Nathan is a vegetarian so he earned his spot on this blog.