A Thousand Naked Strangers: A Paramedic's Wild Ride to the Edge and Back

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Scribner Book Company
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5.4 X 8.3 X 0.7 inches | 0.5 pounds

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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.
"Hazzard's unblinking view of chaos is not for weak stomachs, but it's variously raw, poetic, and profoundly hopeful."
--Publishers Weekly
"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
"A wild, winding ride...Think gonzo journalism meets emergency room noir...[Hazzard's] transformation from a fear-paralyzed teenager to an adult in control is as gripping as it is violent."
--The Washington Post
"Fascinating reading."
"A gripping account...Hazzard is just the kind of human being you hope would come to your rescue."
"It's Hazzard's insight into life's foibles and his skill as a writer that allow the reader to share his experiences and marvel at what often greets emergency medical technicians when they answer a call...There's gore...There's empathy...There's even humor."
--The Buffalo News
"A well-crafted chronicle of gunshots, heart attacks, overdoses, and car crashes...exciting reading."
--San Antonio Express-News
"Action-packed...[Features] anecdotes both thrilling and startlingly gory...A vivid, pummeling ride-along with an emergency paramedic."
--Kirkus Reviews
"A thrilling, captivating, and sometimes grisly glimpse into what it takes to be a first responder...frank and morbidly funny."
"A shocking, utterly compelling tour de force...I couldn't let the book go."
--Pat Conroy, author of The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini
"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."
--Katrina Firlik, author of Another Day in the Frontal Lobe