It’s OK to Talk to Animals (and Other Letters from Dad)

After selling tens of copies of my first book, I had at least three people ask, “When is the next one coming out?” Three years and two months later, boom: new book.


From the back cover:

First steps, first word, first time pooping in the bathtub… as a stand-up comedian, Nathan Timmel missed numerous milestones during the first year of his daughter’s life. Traveling from town to town, he spent his night slinging jokes while his daughter Hillary discovered the world around her. 

As she turned one, Nathan vowed to be a part of her life even when far from home. Writing a letter a week, Nathan tells his toddler where he is and tries to give context to her world: why Daddy travels, why a baby brother or sister isn’t the end of the world, and the importance of dismantling the pharmacy section at Target.

It’s OK to Talk to Animals (and Other Letters from Dad) is a touching, funny, and introspective glimpse into a comedian-turned-father’s hopes for—and apologies to—his baby girl.

Amazon Readers Say:

  • “This is an incredibly open, joyous, poignant, and charming series of letters from a dad to his little angel, and will melt your heart.”
  • “Nathan’s humor, writing style and genuine adoration for his family makes this a great read.”
  • “One day, if I become a parent, I feel this will be the first book I will pick up before any baby manual.”

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Why stop now? Read on...

  • September 2, 2014Coming In OctoberMy newest book, "It's OK to Talk to Animals (and Other Letters from Dad" -- a reflection on parenting when you find yourself away from home more often than not.
  • December 4, 2013Unconventional BoundariesMy whole life, I’ve watched parents swat at their children’s hands in stores...
  • May 29, 2013Worth a Thousand WordsAll I understand is: My heart lives inside my daughter.
  • January 22, 2014November 23, 2013Dear Hillary, I am in Chicago, and missing you dearly. This past week contained quite a few wonderful moments, which you didn’t notice as you are a delightfully unaware fifteen-month-old.