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A Thousand Naked Strangers: A Paramedic's Wild Ride to the Edge and Back by [Kevin M. Hazzard]
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“Action packed…With blunt language and a raw narrative tone rich with gruesome detail, Hazzard immerses readers in the bloody, hardened reality of an emergency response team racing to accident scenes....[Features] anecdotes both thrilling and startlingly gory…A vivid, pummeling ride along with an emergency paramedic.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“Readers should fasten their seatbelts for this wild ride with former paramedic Hazzard as he navigates Atlanta’s seedier side while tending to a memorable—and gory—array of patients…[his] unblinking view of chaos is not for weak stomachs, but it’s variously raw, poetic, and profoundly hopeful.”
—Publishers Weekly

“A thrilling, captivating, and sometimes grisly glimpse into what it takes to be a first responder in the city of Atlanta, Georgia. Hazzard’s prose is quick, witty, and fresh…This frank and morbidly funny memoir sheds light onto a sometimes forgotten area of medicine. From delivering babies to responding to cardiac arrest calls, paramedics have seen the extremes and everything in between. Hazzard takes readers on a wild and unforgettable ride.”
Booklist

“A shocking, utterly compelling tour de force that shows the dark heart of an Atlanta that I never knew existed. Mr. Hazzard tells about his ten year career as an ambulance paramedic in a way that is both heart stopping and heart breaking. He writes in an elegant, low key style, racing from crimes scenes to fatal accidents to the birthing of babies. I couldn’t let the book go – it’s powerful enough to have turned me into an ambulance chaser in my own small South Carolina town, but it’s also very, very funny.”
Pat Conroy, New York Times bestselling author of The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini

“Hazzard’s account of his decade long, dread and adrenaline drenched journey through Atlanta’s underbelly rises above the river of suffering he depicts with excruciating unrestraint. He observes keenly, remembers faithfully, but also struggles to analyze his motives for loving those crazy nights on the bad side of town when the universe slips a gear and all hell breaks loose. A Thousand Naked Strangers is a brilliant delineation of what attracted him to the madness of his underpaid, under appreciated paramedical work and why it ended.” J. Michael Lennon, author of the authorized biography Norman Mailer: A Double Life

“They find us in our streets, our back yards, our back bedrooms, carrying us out of our most desperate hour. No one has a closer view into our fearful hearts than the paramedic, and no one writes it like Kevin Hazzard. He's given us a deep intimate portrait of the toll it takes to every day witness our most vulnerable moments. Some nights it's the best job in the world, and some nights the worst, all in the same last breath.”
Joe Connelly, author of Bringing Out the Dead

A Thousand Naked Strangers puts you in the front seat with Hazzard and a churn of motley partners as they respond to a series of wild calls – ones more tragic and horrifying, but also more comical, than can be imagined. Hazzard excels at the small yet unforgettable details: what appears in the tread of his shoe, what scatters onto the floor of his ambulance. You’ll begin this journey as a guilty voyeur, seeing things you really shouldn’t, but, by the end, be transformed into a respectful witness of a remarkable profession.”
Katrina Firlik, author of Another Day in the Frontal Lobe: A Brain Surgeon Exposes Life on the Inside

“I had no idea that paramedics might be even sicker than the people they're transporting! From one wild ride to the next, this insider's tale of what really happens in the back of an emergency ambulance is as absorbing as it is revealing. Gifted with a reporter's eye for detail and the wit and style of a bemused raconteur, Hazzard shows us what might happen if the medicos from ‘M.A.S.H’ were miraculously deposited on the set of ‘Homicide: Life on the Street.’”
Bob Drury, New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Heart of Everything There Is and Last Men Out

A Thousand Naked Strangers is a voyeuristic ride along with a seasoned paramedic. Kevin Hazzard has an eye for Atlanta’s gritty detail – its true character and its true characters. Buckle up and prepare for an eye opening plunge into barely controlled chaos.”
Judy Melinek, M.D., coauthor with T.J. Mitchell of the New York Times bestseller Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner

“Get ready to feel the gun slinging, God like power of running calls in the back of an ambulance. Here, you’ll learn what medics already know: along with the vibrators, maggots, crackheads, homeless shelters, and booby traps, it’s the madness that both wrings you out and is the job’s biggest turn on.”
Julie Holland, M.D., author of Weekends at Bellevue: Nine Years on the Night Shift at the Psych ER

“Take a terrific writer and put him in tragic, frantic, emotional, heartbreaking and freaking situations for years – you get A Thousand Naked Strangers. Reading this book is like watching The Matrix. Hazzard slows down the chaos and danger to allow himself (and the reader) to experience it. A paramedic’s life is the closest thing to combat in the civilian world. To paraphrase a line in The Bridge at Toki Ri, ‘Where do we get these guys?’ This book is one long rush.”
Phillip Jennings, author of Nam a Rama and Goodbye Mexico

“Open Kevin Hazzard’s excellent book and you might die laughing. You might also die of a broken heart. Or shock. Whatever, this writer will jolt you back to life with his sensational inside account of the world of emergency medical personnel. A Thousand Naked Strangers sends out a 911 call to readers…and those lucky enough to know these pages will never hear an ambulance siren the same way again.”
Charles McNair, author of the Pulitzer nominated Land O’Goshen and Pickett’s Charge


 “An unstoppable adrenaline rush with lyrical moments of truth and beauty. Hazzard's unforgettable portraits of people in extremis, and the swaggering, sardonic, and ultimately courageous medics who take care of them, will stay with you long after you've turned the last page of this hell for leather ride along.”
Theresa Brown, author of Critical Care: A New Nurse Faces Death, Life, and Everything in Between

“A no holds barred look at what it's really like in the trenches. A paramedic’s story of life and death and personal growth told from the back of an ambulance. Well worth the ride.”
Robert Lesslie, M.D., author of Miracles in the E.R.: Extraordinary Stories from a Doctor’s Journal

“Action packed…With blunt language and a raw narrative tone rich with gruesome detail, Hazzard immerses readers in the bloody, hardened reality of an emergency response team racing to accident scenes....[Features] anecdotes both thrilling and startlingly gory…A vivid, pummeling ride along.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“Hazzard’s unblinking view of chaos is not for weak stomachs, but it’s variously raw, poetic, and profoundly hopeful.”
—Publishers Weekly

“A thrilling, captivating, and sometimes grisly glimpse into what it takes to be a first responder in the city of Atlanta. Hazzard’s prose is quick, witty, and fresh…This frank and morbidly funny memoir…takes readers on a wild and unforgettable ride.”
Booklist

“A shocking, utterly compelling tour de force that shows the dark heart of an Atlanta that I never knew existed…I couldn’t let the book go—it’s powerful enough to have turned me into an ambulance chaser in my own small South Carolina town, but it’s also very, very funny.”
Pat Conroy, author of The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini

“No one has a closer view into our fearful hearts than the paramedic, and no one writes it like Kevin Hazzard. He's given us a deep intimate portrait of the toll it takes to every day witness our most vulnerable moments.”
—Joe Connelly, author of Bringing Out the Dead

“Hazzard observes keenly, remembers faithfully, but also struggles to analyze his motives for loving those crazy nights on the bad side of town when the universe slips a gear and all hell breaks loose.”
—J.Michael Lennon, author of the authorized biography Norman Mailer

“More tragic andhorrifying, but also more comical, than can be imagined.”
Katrina Firlik, author of Another Day in the Frontal Lobe

“As absorbing as it is revealing.”
—Bob Drury, coauthor of The Heart of Everything There Is

“Buckle up and prepare for an eye opening plunge into barely controlled chaos.”
Judy Melinek, M.D., coauthor of Working Stiff

“Get ready to feel the gun slinging, God like power of running calls in the back of an ambulance.”
—Julie Holland, M.D., author of Weekends at Bellevue

“Take a terrific writer and put him in tragic, frantic, emotional, heartbreaking and freaking situations for years—you get A Thousand Naked Strangers…This book is one long rush.”
Phillip Jennings, author of Nam a Rama and Goodbye Mexico

“An unstoppable adrenaline rush with lyrical moments of truth and beauty.”
Theresa Brown, author of Critical Care

About the Author

Kevin Hazzard worked as a paramedic from 2004 to 2013, primarily at Grady Hospital in Atlanta. His freelance journalism has appeared in Atlanta Magazine, Marietta Daily Journal, Creative Loafing, and Paste. He is the author of a novel, Sleeping Dogs, and A Thousand Naked Strangers. He and his family live in Hermosa Beach, California.

Product details

  • File size : 1379 KB
  • Publication date : January 5, 2016
  • Print length : 290 pages
  • Publisher : Scribner; Reprint edition (January 5, 2016)
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B00UDCI1T2
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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