Just for Chicago area HOUSE, M.D. fans!
Stop by Barbara’s Bookstore UIC on January 20 at 6 -8 pm for a reading from and discussion of CHASING ZEBRAS with author Barbara Barnett!
“”Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D.” is, perhaps, the ultimate fan tribute to the long running Fox network series, starring multiple Emmy nominee Hugh Laurie. Despite the fact that I had never watched an episode of “House,” I found the book to be very interesting, informative and expertly researched. Clearly author Barbara Barnett is a huge fan of the series and putting together this unofficial guide to “House” must have been a labor of love for her.”
Read more: Pop Culture Guy loves Chasing Zebras
Barry Grey at Suite101.com also has some very nice things to say about the book:
The book’s subtitle is equally revealing: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D. Since it’s not authorized or sanctioned by Fox or the show’s producers, Barnett doesn’t have to compromise her criticism.
”Just because you’re a fan of the show, it doesn’t necessarily mean you love every minute of it,” she told Suite 101 in a telephone interview. “And yes, I tend to look at the episodes through a more ‘glass is half-full’ versus ‘glass is half-empty’ eye. Because I want to like the show. I want the show to succeed. But it doesn’t always.
“I do watch it with an objective eye. And I don’t like all the characters, and I don’t like all the writing and I don’t like all the (medical) cases.”
House, M.D. Inspired By Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes
Barnett has been writing about House on the internet for three years, calling her blogcritics.org column Welcome to the End of the Thought Process: An Introspective Look at House, M.D. (For the record, there are at least three other books available about the series, including the official one, by Ian Jackman and series star Hugh Laurie, although it’s unclear how much Laurie wrote beyond the book’s forward.)
At 429 pages, Barnett’s book is remarkably comprehensive. Early on, she retraces series creator David Shore’s well-known conception of the misanthropic Gregory House and best friend Dr. James Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard) as equivalents of a pair of fictional sleuth-confederates: Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.
Read more at Suite101: TV’s House Studied With Surgical Precision in Blogger’s New Book http://www.suite101.com/content/tvs-house-studied-with-surgical-precision-in-bloggers-new-book-a311820#ixzz163T72z5N
Busy, Busy Week for Chasing Zebras publicity.
This past week I did an interview with the Wheeling, Illinois Journal and Topics (for all you Northwest Suburbs of Chicago guys).
Monday: I’ll be appearing on the FoxChicago Morning Show in the 8:50 segment!!!!! My first live studio interview on TV. We’ll be talking about the book, of course and about House, M.D. (maybe even Monday’s episode)
More interviews: Barry Grey @Studio101.com, NYGossip Gal and an interview with my alumni association magazine from High School. Very, very busy week.
House Fans in the north/northwest chicago suburbs:
Join me Thursday night 6:00 PM-9:00 PM at SOMETHINGS BREWING’s “BREW AFTER DARK”
1126 E.Washington in Grayslake.
I’ll be there to talk House and sign books!
In other news, Chasing Zebras is now available in Kindle version from Amazon.com
Of course, the print version is available on Amazon and most online sellers, as well as most traditional bookstores worldwide.
I did an interview this afternoon on CKWR Canadian radio. MsHouseFan was nice enough to record it :). Thanks!
For any fan completely stoked about the return of Gregory House to the Fox TV network this fall, pay close attention – Chasing Zebras: The Unoffi cial Guide to House, M.D. is the perfect primer and referential resource for this fantastic show. A major benefi t to sourcing unofficial material when it comes to program compendiums is that readers are privy to alternative insights and perspectives that don’t always make it into a sanctioned book. By the same token, author Barbara Barnett has accessed many people on the creative staff behind the show, which has helped shape her comprehensive analysis. Barnett claims she can be considered obsessed when it comes to House, and her fanaticism is the key component that sells this book, as she gently draws readers into her obsession as well. The book allows fans the opportunity to brush-up on certain episodes, or get a bigger picture of how the show has developed over the course of six seasons. But there’s a lot more here than just programming notes. Barnett discusses the criticisms that fans had regarding casting changes, and how the network attempted to resolve them. She explores the technical modifi cations Fox made to commercial breaks, which interrupted the program’s pacing and literally forced transformations to the format of the show. Because of this depth, Chasing Zebras offers more to readers than standard television compendiums might normally. It’s a level of attention that even House himself would likely respect. –Brian McQueen
Chasing Zebras is available now in the U.S. from your local bookseller (B/N, Borders, many independents) or from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble or Borders online (or your favorite online bookseller). The book will be out in Europe and worldwide October 28.
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:
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
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!