Hot Books: Chasing Zebras, the Unofficial Guide to House, M.D. a must for fans

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Chasing Zebras, the Unofficial Guide to House, M.D. is a resource for seasoned fans, an atlas for new viewers, and a guide for students of television, film and pop culture.  This is the perfect gift for any FOX “House MD” fan this holiday season.  

The title “Chasing Zebras” comes from the medical axiom, “When you hear hoofbeats, you think horses, not zebras.”

Of course, if you are a fan, you know when Dr. House observes peculiar symptoms, he looks beyond the obvious. 

An estimated 80 million people in 60 countries regularly watch House, M.D., the medical mystery TV series featuring Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie) who is unconventional, arrogant, rude and void of bedside manner, but brilliant at diagnosing rare diseases.

This book, “Chasing Zebras: is so well structured, it is a fascinating read and can be picked up and randomly flipped through, or read in a sitting.

There is more to to this tome than just recapping past episodes.  Barnett deeply examines the genesis and arcs of each character, plus she examines the writers’ storylines.  I love the series and could not put this book down.

The richly layered depths of House, M.D. are fully revealed in this comprehensive companion to the critically acclaimed Fox television series that has proven to be a study in contradictions as both a straightforward medical procedural and an intricate character drama.

This is the definitive fan’s guide which offers intelligent and thoughtful analysis of this popular series, tackling complex questions such as Who is this medical Sherlock Holmes—a misanthropic jerk with a brutal sense of humor—or a tormented romantic hero in the tradition of Byron?

How do the music, settings, and even the humor enhance an understanding of the series’ narrative?

What does “House MD” say about modern medicine, ethics, and religion?

Included in this book are exclusive interviews with many of the show’s cast, executive producers, writers, and production staff.

In her widely read columns on, author Barbara Barnett’s comprehensive new book, Chasing Zebras, the Unofficial Guide to House, M.D., solidifies her reputation as an authority on the series.  

Chasing Zebras, the Unofficial Guide to House, M.D. is published by the ECW Press. Available in bookstores nationwide and online.  For more information visit

Barbara Barnett is a television and film editor for Blogcritics magazine and writes the regular feature, “Welcome to the End of the Thought Process: An Introspective Look at House, M.D.”  She has degrees in biology and political science, and currently works as an educator of children and adults. She lives in a suburb of Chicago.

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