For the House, M.D. or Hugh Laurie fan on your list. Taking off from my popular Welcome to the End of the Thought Process, Chasing Zebras is a deep exploration of the FOX series as well as an atlas for the newer fans of the show. Available at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Borders and indie bookstores online and in your city. Also available in Kindle and PDF ebook editions.
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|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]
A trip down [H]ouse memory lane: “The Socratic Method Revisited” at http://ow.ly/2fo1i . Please retweet if you like 🙂
ECW has posted an interview with me talking about Chasing Zebras. Hope you like it and pass the word. Thanks for your support!
Lots of celebrities have rock bands. They play for fun, to blow off steam, and just hang out—just like us ordinary garage rockers do. But in 2006, Greg Grunberg (Heroes, Love Bites) formed a unique celebrity cover band appropriately (and punnily) called The Band from TV (as in “banned” from TV).
I took lots of pictures and here are a few: Pictures
- 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
Article first published as A Chat With House, M.D. Writer/Producer Doris Egan on “Baggage” and More on Blogcritics.
Doris Egan took time out of a day-long season seven story meetings (she’s writing next season’s premiere) to talk to me about this week’s penultimate episode “Baggage” and on writing House. Many in the House fan community were sad to learn on Egan’s blog that she is cutting back next year on her involvement in the series to concentrate on other things. As a consulting producer next season, she will only write one episode. “We’ll see how many of my projects work out. I want at least to make the attempt to (among other things) write a new book. My editor has stopped asking when the new book will be written.” The good news is that we won’t have to wait long for that one episode; she’s writing the season seven premiere!
With the series since season two, Egan has penned some of the series best episodes, including “Don’t Ever Change” (with Leonard Dick, for which they recieved a Writers Guild nomination). She has become known to fans of the House-Wilson relationship as St. Doris for her take on their friendship, but has also become the House road trip maven.
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