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|From Exclusive Magazine
|Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, MD
By: Barbara Barnett
(Paperback / 352 pages / Ecw Press / ISBN: 1550229559 / $17.95)Description: ‘Chasing Zebras’ is a resource for seasoned fans, an atlas for new viewers, and a guide for students of television, film and pop culture. It combines Barnett’s insights with details from her numerous interviews with the show’s writers, producers and actors.
Verdict: Now, and for the record, House is not my kind of guy – too rude – but the show appealed to me for some reason. This book helped me understand why. House claims he only cares about solving the medical mysteries, yet somehow you sense that he really has compassion for many of his patients. The book explains the subtle comments and signs that indicate he does.
It reflects skillful scriptwriting and acting. In addition, the book’s in-depth analysis of House as a brilliant but troubled person humanizes him and creates a level of sympathy that somewhat excuses his behavior. The other main characters are profiled as well. These profiles are a reminder that the more you know about someone – on TV or in real life – the more connected with them you feel.What this book really did for me, though, was teach me to better understand and appreciate good scriptwriting. Author Barnett, whose own writing I found impressive, explains how the stories and the characters are developed and presented. I plan to watch the show more often, and will be looking and listening more closely for things that reveal motives and insights into the personalites of the characters. I think anyone reading this book will become a smarter viewer, not only of this series, but of other dramas. [JVO]
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 🙂
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.
- I’ve changed the look of my blog to work with my new website, which is being relaunched next week at http://barbarabarnett.com. Things are beginning to gear up for the release of Chasing Zebras: the Unofficial Guide to House, M.D. I’ve seen the interior design of the book, and it is beautiful! I can’t wait to actually see the whole thing–and then, of course, actually hold it in my hands.
- I will try to post every day as the summer goes on. Next week is Book Expo North America (BEA). I won’t be there, but my publisher ECW Press will be, and for the first time Chasing Zebras will be trotted out in public. The book is complete and and edited and at the typesetters except for the updates for the season six finale. On the other hand, so much has changed as a result of the finale, there are little updates all over the place to make the book current to the start of the seventh season!
- The whole team at ECW Press has been a dream to work with on this. It’s my first book, and I’ve heard so many nightmare stories about authors (especially new authors) and their trials and tribulations with their publishers. My agent, likewise, has also been a dream. An author could not have asked for a more pleasant first-time experience than I have had thus far.
- The launch date is still more than 3 months away and we have a long publicity road ahead, with interviews, signings, etc. So it will be a busy, busy summer and fall. Once the site is launched next week, there will be a calendar of radio appearances, and any other upcoming events, including a launch party in September.
- In the meantime, there is still time to bid on an autographed copy of Chasing Zebras (and an hour of online chat about the show with me) at brenda novak’s auction to support diabetes research. It’s an amazing auction and lots of great stuff for writers, readers and everyone else. Here’s the link to the auction itself and to my item
I’ve also been very busy over at Blogcritics the past week or two, with two new interviews:
Several other new pieces, including my review of the season finale
So Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D. is available for pre-order in several more places both here and abroad. It’s being sold at Barnes and Noble, Borders and at Amazon UK and Canada (and of course the US site). And we’re still five-plus months from the street date. (And a lovely picture of the cover has finally been added to the Amazon and B/N sites !)
With the London Book fair next month and North American Book Expo in May, things have only started. I’m still waiting the copyeditor’s changes (and slightly fearing the sharp blue pencil that I, myself, have wielded from time to time). The next several months will fly by I’m sure.
So, in honor of all this, I’d like to give you a sneak peek at the book’s Table of Contents and direct you to the book’s website for even more of a peek at the six-season episode guide:
(Please note that this Table of Contents is still preliminary and the order might change as the book moves through the publication process).
TABLE of CONTENTS
Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D.
Introduction: Elementary, my dear Wilson
Sidebar: Finding a Holmes in (the) House: An Interview with a House-loving Holmesian
Sidebar: Cast of Characters
Differential Diagnosis: A Character Study Wrapped in a Mystery Wrapped in a Medical Procedural
Sidebar Formulas are made to be broken
Sidebar: Drama vs. Medical Accuracy: A Balancing Act
Sidebar: When it Doesn’t “Fit”
Dr. Gregory House: Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know
Sidebar: When House’s Objectivity Fails Him
Sidebar: House the Linguist
From Bach to Eddie Van Halen: The Music of House, M.D.
Boy Wonder Oncologist: Dr. James (“Jimmy”) Wilson
Sidebar: The Impact of Amber’s Death: A Closer Look at “Dying Changes Everything”
Sidebar: It’s Not All About the Neediness
Smart, Funny and Zesty: Dr. Lisa Cuddy
Sidebar The “Ball of Unknown Origin”
Sidebar: The Mutual Admiration of Stephen Colbert and Dr. Gregory House
Caring Until Her Eyes Pop Out: Dr. Allison Cameron
His Father Made a Phone Call: Dr. Robert Chase
Like House, But Nicer—Dr. Eric Foreman
House’s Fellows: Imprinting on the Daddy Doc
PART II: THE GUIDE
Guide to the Guide
Season 1: Patients Make Us Miserable
Sidebar: Before the Leg
Sidebar: An Odd Sort of Humility: A closer look at “DNR”
Sidebar: A Closer Look at “Role Model”
Sidebar: God, Religion and Hypocrisy
Season 2: Settling into the Story
Sidebar: House and Medical Mistakes
Sidebar: House’s Windmill: Death–A Closer Look at “All In”
Sidebar: Ketamine: A Closer Look at “No Reason”
Broken: House, Pain and Drugs
Season 3: Finding Meaning
Sidebar: The Happiness Scale: A Closer Look at “Lines in the Sand”
Sidebar: Physician Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia
Doing the Right Thing: House and Ethics
Season 4: A Shakeup at Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital
Sidebar: Diagnostics Team 2.0
Sidebar: Learning to be a Doctor from a Doctor Like House
Sidebar: A Closer Look at “House’s Head” and “Wilson’s Heart”
The Enigmatic, Unlucky “13”
I Cheat: Dr. Christopher Taub
The Tragedy of Dr. Lawrence Kutner
Sidebar: People Don’t Change: A Closer Look at “Don’t Ever Change”
Season Five: Upheaval and the Ultimate Escape
Sidebar: Coincidence vs. Divine Intervention–A Closer Look at “Unfaithful”
Sidebar: Kutner’s Death and House’s Crash
Sidebar: Diagnosing Dr. House: A Conversation with a Clinical Child Psychologist
Appendix: “Time is Not a Fixed Construct” Continuity and the Series Timeline
It’s a weird feeling seeing my book up there on Amazon.com, where I’ve bought hundreds of books written by others. Knowing that my book, Chasing Zebras: THE Unofficial Guide to House, M.D. (ECW Press, September 2010) would be on pre-order sometime during March, I’ve indulged my vanity by checking the site daily. And Friday was the day.
Of course I tweeted the news (from the rooftops); I launched an “author” website, although there’s not much to tell–yet. And feeling rather self-conscious about the whole thing.
The book is six months from hitting the shelves of the local Barnes and Noble; there’s not even an image yet on the Amazon.com site (although I assure you the book has a cover–and a very nice one, which you can see at BarbaraBarnett.com, my “author” site). There’s no description of the book either (it’s an introspective and hopefully intelligent companion guide to the series), yet the first day I hit #48,000 on the Amazon.com sales rank. “See Bestsellers,” the product description provocatively beckoned.
Besteller?! On the first day? Cool. Of course, ever the skeptic, I tried figuring out just how #48,000 actually translated to “bestseller.” It meant, I supposed, that at least someone bought a copy. Maybe more than one. By mid-day Saturday, Chasing Zebras had reached 13,000. And more than that, it was #11 in Guides and Review about Television shows. A menu appeared below the product listing that showed what other products people purchased who also purchased Chasing Zebras. (Obviously mostly books, DVDs and other things to do with House, M.D. and/or its star Hugh Laurie. OK, so now I was pretty sure more than one person bought the book. Very cool indeed.
By Sunday (yes, I’m obsessing), the book has settled to 170,000 (Note to self: learn to toughen that easily bruised writer’s ego.) and #65 on the Bestsellers in TV guidebooks and reviews. Well, at least its still on the best seller lists, for what it’s worth. My agent says that it’s encouraging and a good sign that my book is on the charts at all right out of the gate (especially with no image, no description, no keywords in the product description).
So, who knows what this week will hold. And on into the spring, summer and the book’s official launch. In the meantime, check out the book, if you’d like and follow my blogposts here about my virgin journey in publishing.