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Hyper-chondriac: One Man's Quest to Hurry Up and Calm Down Paperback – March 25, 2008
"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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I laughed out loud so much it hurt and it was so very difficult to lay this book down. I, like the author have an anxiety problem. He is the one who hates long lines, waiting in traffic, waiting for medicine to work and for paint to dry and of course for more serious things like staying calm when someone insults you!
The author grew up on Long Island with a Jewish background. His childhood was OK until his mother developed Multiple Sclerosis. Home went bad for him. His mother's personality soured. She constantly demanded things from his father. She allowed her caregiver, his father, no rest. He had to be fast on his feet to take care of her order to get up requests quickly. So he gulped his food down and Brian learned to do that too. And Brain learned to be anxious.
Brian tries to improve his skinny body with barbells and it worked but it but made his hyper-chronic problem even worse. He trained for competitions. He was so strict with his regime. His anxiety got worse. He went on a journey of ice cream eating contests; he had long lists of foods that he could not look at without getting physically sick. He got treatment from a various counselors and complementary medicine. His struggle was intense but also hilarious. Hyperbole made his adventure so funny that now I can now see my own past anxiety situations with a sense of humor. I loved the ending, by the way. He tried some treatment s that I wondered about but was too chicken to try. Now I know some to avoid!
I love this book and recommend it to anyone who has an anxiety problem, like me!
Brian is a funny and compelling writer - you want to believe he made all that stuff up, but you know from his frankness (and he comes right out and says it) that it's all too true.
This is a great read. Shows that just because you're overwrought that doesn't mean you can't have a sense of humor.
This book will be enjoyed by anyone with a taste for the quirkiness and unpredictability of modern life. And yes, it is very funny too.