The official launch date of Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House M.D. is Wednesday, September 1 (less than a week away and two days after my birthday). So—here is the latest news:
Please be sure to sign up to join the Chasing Zebras Forum on my “official” website. The forum will be for discussion of the book (feel free to argue with me, debate, discuss or ask questions–but as always, civility will reign). Here’s the link.
The launch party details are set and everyone’s invited. A formal invitation will be shared here, on Facebook and Twitter (and by email. The date is September 19 at Goose Island Brew Pub in the beautiful Wrigleyville neighborhood of Chicago. If you are in town or near Chicago, c’mon and join us. If you can’t be here and would like to attend, you can join the virtual party on Twitter at http://twitter.com/CZ_LaunchParty.
With the launch forthcoming this next week, if you don’t see CZ in your local booksellers don’t be afraid to ask about it 🙂 and if you like the book, please do share your thoughts with others around the fandom. I hope you do like the book!
You can pre-order Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House at Amazon.com
Someone told me that holding your book in your hands for the first time is a bit like becoming a mother. The work of more than a year, nurturing, massaging, editing, sleepless nights of writing on deadline and then finally it arrives. Writing a book is, in many respects, like having a baby. My baby has a pretty blue cover and is adorned with a marvelous portrait of Hugh Laurie! What could be better?
Yesterday I received my advance copy of Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D. It’s a big book–430 pages! Part of the reason it’s so big is that is contains a six-season episode guide. Every single episode in six seasons of House is summarized with callouts for episode highlights including:
- Zebra of the Week
- Epiphany Moment
- House is a Jerk Moment
- A Fine Bromance (Wilson moment)
- Shipper Alerts
- Musical Notes
- Housian Ethics
- Patients Know Best
- Metaphorically Thinking
- Iconic Moment in House History
- and many, many more.
There are chapters long and short. The longe
st is “Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know”–it is the chapter on Dr. Gregory House, M.D. Anyone out there know where that quote comes from? (Hint: it’s not from House, M.D.)
There are chapters on the music of House, Ethics, a chapter on “God Religion and Hypocrisy.” There’s an interview with a clinical psychologist in which he diagnoses our troubled doctor in the aftermath of season five and the start of season two. There’s an interview with a Holmes loving House fan. There are closer looks at several episodes to highlight series themes and story arcs. There are chapters on every character–and so much more.
So take a look at the preview nicely provided on Amazon.com. The book comes out September 1 and should be in most major bookstores. It’s on Amazon.com in every country, it’s a Barnes and Noble’s site and Borders as well.
ECW Press has posted the galleys from the firt 25 pages of Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D. Included are a very detailed Table of Contents and the first chapter and a half. The book, which will be released September 1st is more than 400 pages, and includes and extensive six-season episode guide! Please pass the word and if you like what you see, feel free to comment on the book’s Amazon.com page
A trip down [H]ouse memory lane: “The Socratic Method Revisited” at http://ow.ly/2fo1i . Please retweet if you like 🙂
A Martini served “cold as a Welsh grave” and imbibed for a great cause (Save the Children)… http://bit.ly/bNrM8q …
ECW has posted an interview with me talking about Chasing Zebras. Hope you like it and pass the word. Thanks for your support!
Press Release from Women’s Radio Network and and “Your Book is Your Hook”
YourBookIsYourHook | July 05, 2010
http://yourbookisyourhook.com — Barbara Barnett, a television and film editor for “Blogcritics Magazine” and the writer of the regular feature, “Welcome to the End of the Thought Process: An Introspective Look at House MD” will talk with radio personality and host Jennifer S. Wilkov about how she went from an obsession with “House, M.D.” to blogging about it on “Blogcritics” magazine to hooking up with literary agent Katharine Sands for a big book deal for “Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House M.D.” Ms. Barnett will talk about the difference between writing a blog article and writing for a book and she shares her advice for writers who are wondering how to get to that next level.
Kathy Kinney & Cindy Ratzlaff also discuss their first book together, “Queen of Your Own Life: The Grown-Up Woman’s Guide to Claiming Happiness and Getting the Life You Deserve” with radio personality and host Jennifer S. Wilkov. Kinney and Ratzlaff will talk about how they wrote the book through iChat, Skype and emails from separate coasts of the United States and their approach to the project — that it had to be fun. They will reveal the personal circumstances they faced as women and the decisions they made about their own lives as well as how they got published and picked up by Harlequin non-fiction in an auction.
Listeners will also enjoy their description of the crowning ceremonies they’ve been doing for women during their 12-city tour and how they are using their book as their hook to transform the lives of women everywhere.
The show will initially air at 8:00 a.m. ET Tuesday July 6 and will remain up on the website for a week. Barbara is also this week’s guest blogger. Be sure to tune in!
I’m working on a new piece for Blogcritics: why Hugh Laurie absolutely MUST get the Emmy this year. I will be highlighting specific scenes over the years, excerpting the dialogue and then what he does with the writers’ words to make them come so incredibly alive. His performance is always so real and natural it’s easy to overlook just how powerful his acting can be. So…
For example in Season one DNR when Dr. Marty comes to “pull the plug” on John Henry Giles. What’s said and what comes across are remarkably different.
What I’m asking you all for are your favorite acting scenes from six years of House. I will include as many in the article as I can without going overboard. Just name the scenes–one from each season if you can. Use the comments below to do it.
Finally re-launched barbarabarnett.com. (the symmetry part comes in because this is the blog linked on the site.) The site is largely for the book, and will include a guest book for comments, a link to this blog, excerpts to tease (and hopefully entice), and a forum, which will go live once the book comes out. It is intended to argue with me and discuss the book and its numerous parts. But feel free to start a discussion now–ask a question, make a comment. Keep it nice and civil–just like my BC column comments thread. Thanks.
I hope you have a chance to look around. I’ll be adding more content in the next days. Right now, I see the light at the end of the writing tunnel, and have only a few more pages to go over before hitting “send” and see my baby (Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D.) fly the next all ready to be made into those lovely galleys.
All of House’s kisses leave me speechless, but here’s a poll to wile away the hours on this Sunday afternoon. The results will be used for a forthcoming Blogcritics article on House and Kissing.
Also a reminder that Brenda Novak’s auction to support diabetes research ends tomorrow. Your last chance to bid on hundreds of items for readers, writers and just about anybody, including an autographed copy of Chasing Zebras