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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (March 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743293428
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743293426
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,671,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Frazer's first book is the perfect medicine for anyone suffering from a case of treacly-memoir syndrome. Hilarious and biting, Hyper-Chondriac recounts the author's lifelong battle with various ailments and maladies, ranging from minor instances of frostbite to rage-filled meltdowns. Frazer's reflections are distinct and laugh-out-loud funny. During a teen rendezvous, Frazer contemplates how his date, suffering from scoliosis, removes her brace: 'It probably had to involve her entire family, as if they were an Indy pit crew.' It's that kind of spiked, wickedly funny observation that makes this sickness-filled book so easy to swallow. A-"
-- Entertainment Weekly

"How did Brian Frazer take his neuroses and write a hysterical book, while mine just annoy my family? Seriously, this is one funny book. Damn it."
-- Ray Romano

"Hyper-chondriac is my new favorite memoir! It was so funny I laughed out loud, so honest I gasped out loud and so relatable I immediately called my therapist. I love this book!"
-- Stefanie Wilder-Taylor, author of Sippy Cups are Not for Chardonnay

"Brian Frazer has written a very touching and hilarious exploration of family, hypochondria, and road rage. It's awesome."
-- Greg Behrendt, coauthor of He's Just Not That Into You

"...a riotous romp through a head case's attempts to find inner peace for his own bodily health."
-- New York Post

"Hyper-chondriac is an amazing book. It's funny, raw, moving and original. And I'm not just saying that because I'm afraid Brian Frazer will be angry at me if I don't."
-- A.J. Jacobs, author of The Know-it All

"...caustically funny yet quietly moving." -- USA TODAY

About the Author

Brian Frazer has written for Esquire, Vanity Fair, Premiere, ESPN, Los Angeles and other magazines. A former stand-up comedian, he lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Nancy, and dog, Kenyon.

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Customer Reviews

Brian Frazer's autobiography is funny in a lovable and genuine way.
Alex Katz
Brian has truly hit a nerve (no nerve damage, thank god)and if everyone read this book the world would be a better place.
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If you want to read a hilarious book that will make you laugh out loud, read this book!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Stefanie Taylor on February 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Okay, I'm a sucker for a memoir but let's face it, a lot of them are not great and most of them are not funny. Somehow Brian Frazer managed to hit the trifecta of painfully honest, brave and hilarious on his quest to stop being so angry all the time. Personally I related to this book a little too much - Zoloft, irrational irritation and a desire to get better were themes of mine as well. But I definitely didn't go to the lengths that Brian did. He shares stories of silence retreats, Tai Chi with old people, therapy and other undignified ways to spend an afternoon with such rare humor that you will find yourself laughing out loud even if you can't relate at all.

I highly recommend this book and if you don't love it, you can personally ask for your money back from Brian Frazer. He's so calm now I'm sure he'd give it to you. Okay, maybe not. But buy the book.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By V. Wagner on February 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
You know that feeling when you start a book and spend an entire weekend reading it cover to cover, not wanting to stop to put it down for a second? Within the first couple of chapters, I came across Brian Frazer's hilarious, self-deprecating description of competing in his first bodybuilding contest, slathered in oil in his Speedo, and I was hooked. Then he broke it all down...

This is a brutally, painfully, and wonderfully honest depiction of a journey to gain inner peace and all of the things that make us nuts to begin with. By the end, I was deeply moved and sad it was over. I recommend this book to anyone who wants a smart, engaging, manic ride. Expect to laugh.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Courtney on March 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
It feels so good to laugh as hard I laughed while reading this book, I wish I encountered something this funny every day. I kept reading parts of this book aloud to my boyfriend and we were both laughing so hard we were CRYING. Crying! I actually had to set the book down several times to wipe my eyes. What's also great is that it goes from being extremely funny to extremely moving. His account of his family's dysfunction is touching and funny and even though his childhood was unusual--even bizarre--it was totally relateable. This book does that thing that every great book does--it explores and exposes "the human condition", it reveals what it means to be alive--questioning and searching, trying to find solutions, trying to avoid suffering. I wish I could get this book for everyone I know. It ranks up there with the best humor writing, and it's as deep and revealing as any "serious" stuff I've read. Even though this book is brand new, I already think of it as a classic.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Stan Evans on February 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Brian Frazer has written a hilarious tour de force! A quest for inner peace, "Hyper-chondriac" describes a personal desperation mirrored in our frenzied society. From pharmaceuticals to New Age therapies, Frazer seeks release from his own escalating neuroses. His saving grace is the black humor that is always at a proper dosage throughout this fine memoir. Frazer had me laughing out loud and physically wincing. I can't recommend this book highly enough.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J. Cornillot on February 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I feel like there have been a lot of great memoirs written over the years, that it's hard to stand out in the pack. Memoirs like, "The Liars' Club", "Running With Scissors", "Angela's Ashes", "Fun House" (and my favorite, "Stop-Time" -- written more than 20 years ago by Frank Conroy) are so excellent that the bar has been set high. But this book manages to stand out, mainly because the author has something unique, yet utterly universal, to say. Not only about his own life (which is very funny, shocking, at times) -- but also about our culture in general. The book feels modern and present, working on various levels. But it packs a punch when you least expect it, and I found my jaw dropping, not knowing whether to laugh out loud, cringe, or cry. I think it was Patricia Hampl that compared great memoir writing to great travel writing, and this book captures that spirit. There's a sense of traveling, rushing from place to place. The author takes us on this wild vivid ride, and I felt like a trusted travel companion, who learned something along the way.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Dave Hanson on February 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is an amazing book -- a ruthless self-dissection that's relentlessly hilarious. The most striking thing is that as bizarre as Brian Frazer's quests and adventures were, I related to them all. That's what really made Hyper-chondriac so engaging -- under the nearly constant laughter and frequent astonishment, I really found myself empathizing and sympathizing and rooting for him. There were several chunks I had to stop and read to friends over the phone, and they were in stitches too. Funny, poignant, and startlingly honest -- what more can you ask for in a memoir, or any book? Five stars -- highly recommended.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Shoe Schuster on February 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The true mark of a great memoir is its singularity in focus coupled with a collective gasp of recognition. Which is exactly what Brian Frazer's Hyper-chondriac has achieved. If you feel there are tons of choices in finding the path to happiness, you're not alone. Whether it's tai chi, Zoloft or good 'ol pumping iron, Hyper-chondriac takes a scalpel to inner peace panaceas and dissects them until they are inside out and bleeding with humor. While Brian holds a magnifying glass to ways we try and fix ourselves, we realize that there may not be a whole lot wrong. Or maybe there's something wrong with all of us...
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