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

A Thousand Naked Strangers A Paramedic s Wild Ride to the Edge and Back A former paramedic s visceral poignant and mordantly funny account of a decade spent on Atlanta s mean streets saving lives and connecting with the drama and occasional beauty that lies inside catas

  • Title: A Thousand Naked Strangers: A Paramedic’s Wild Ride to the Edge and Back
  • Author: Kevin Hazzard
  • ISBN: 9781501110832
  • Page: 448
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A former paramedic s visceral, poignant, and mordantly funny account of a decade spent on Atlanta s mean streets saving lives and connecting with the drama and occasional beauty that lies inside catastrophe.In the aftermath of 9 11 Kevin Hazzard felt that something was missing from his life his days were too safe, too routine A failed salesman turned local reporter, he waA former paramedic s visceral, poignant, and mordantly funny account of a decade spent on Atlanta s mean streets saving lives and connecting with the drama and occasional beauty that lies inside catastrophe.In the aftermath of 9 11 Kevin Hazzard felt that something was missing from his life his days were too safe, too routine A failed salesman turned local reporter, he wanted to test himself, see how he might respond to pressure and danger He signed up for emergency medical training and became, at age twenty six, a newly minted EMT running calls in the worst sections of Atlanta His life entered a different realm one of blood, violence, and amazing grace.Thoroughly intimidated at first and frequently terrified, he experienced on a nightly basis the adrenaline rush of walking into chaos But in his downtime, Kevin reflected on how people s facades drop away when catastrophe strikes As his hours on the job piled up, he realized he was beginning to see into the truth of things There is no pretense five beats into a chest compression, or in an alley next to a crack den, or on a dimly lit highway where cars have collided Eventually, what had at first seemed impossible happened Kevin acquired mastery And in the process he was able to discern the professional differences between his freewheeling peers, what marked each as he termed them as a tourist, true believer, or killer Combining indelible scenes that remind us of life s fragile beauty with laugh out loud moments that keep us smiling through the worst, A Thousand Naked Strangers is an absorbing read about one man s journey of self discovery a trip that also teaches us about ourselves.

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    1. Kevin Hazzard

      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 authorsmonandschuster KLibrarian s note There is than one author in the database with this name.

    685 thoughts on “A Thousand Naked Strangers: A Paramedic’s Wild Ride to the Edge and Back”

    1. (Talking about dealing with crazies) "Over time, their normal becomes your normal."Review of this iconoclastic, interesting and well-written book to follow. Possibly.


    2. What a change for Mr. Hazzard. He was a journalist who after 9/11 decided to go to EMT school. It seemed the intensive training he received was almost impossible to grasp. It was like you learn while on the job and that he did. He was in Atlanta, GA in some high crime areas, where they should have been police escorts. We take these poor people for granted, like most first responders they see the worst of the worst. But we never consider what all they must contend with while trying to save a life [...]


    3. 3.5/5, rounded up.This book was very, very interesting for many, many reasons. The synopsis tells you what it’s about and the text does not stray from that. He’s seen some crazy shit guys. Aside from the content, I enjoyed the writing style. I found his dry, sarcastic sense of humor and passive aggressive wit enjoyable for the most part. My problem with this lies in the authors poor attitude. At time he seems very pompous, some of his descriptions lack empathy all together, and at one point [...]


    4. "Death cracks inside jokes that only we emergency workers—with our practical knowledge of the postmortem human—will ever laugh at." In A Thousand Naked Strangers: A Paramedic’s Wild Ride to the Edge and Back, former Atlanta paramedic Kevin Hazzard shares his memories of entering the medical emergency field, a sample of his ten years of experiences in the field, and how he knew it was time for him to move on. The book's dark humor and matter-of-fact style will make a lot of sense to many pe [...]


    5. I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I am always drawn to anything medical and this memoir proved to be an eye opening and emotional roller coaster of a ride with Kevin as he started his career as an EMT. I worked in a hospital environment for 10 years but typing surgical reports in a medical records environment, so I was pretty far from where the real action, in the ER, was happening, but I was told many stories.After 9/11 Kevin leaves behind his brief [...]


    6. I really enjoyed this book. It is a well written account of life as a paramedic and, since I love leaning about other people's jobs (as those of you who know me can attest to), for me this was a great read.


    7. If you work in EMS or are curious as to what goes on daily in the lives of these amazing people-you will love reading this book.


    8. This book is exhausting- another one that I wouldn't have picked up without the encouragement of my book club. As I read it, I felt myself becoming jaded, just like Kevin was, to the gore, the horrors, the injuries, and the accidents. Frankly, I'm surprised that anyone is able to do this job- I know that I couldn't.A Thousand Naked Strangers invites the reader to examine their own mortality or, if not examine it, just remember it like a literary memento mori. Between the ridiculousness, bravery, [...]


    9. Having worked in EMS myself I absolutely loved this book! I can relate to everything that was said about questioning if you can do it and the madness of your first call. Knowing deep down that eventually THE CALL will come. Kevin is a great story teller, this was a quick and enjoyable book about his time in EMS from starting school until he decided it was time to move on. Being from the South I know the reputation of Grady EMS and wanted to work there myself yet I lived too far from ATL. There w [...]


    10. I'm drawn to books where people talk about a day in their life and you get to be a fly on the wall into their world. I'm curious about what it's like to be a teacher, a doctor, a paramedic, a nurse and many more professions . Books like this help me understand and step into someone else's shoes. This was a decent read. Hazard gives you an electric , fast paced look at what a Paramedic faces on the streets , from the asthma attacks, to the shootings, drugs, births and deaths. He reflects on why h [...]


    11. A Thousand Naked Strangers is an interesting and fast paced account of Kevin Hazzard's decade long tenure as a paramedic in Atlanta, Georgia.At age twenty six, after just eight months of a part time course Emergency Medical Training, and a brief period spent at a rather disreputable private ambulance service ferrying around chronically ill and nursing home patients, Kevin finds himself riding shot gun in a 911 ambulance with a near burnt out partner, responding to calls in some of the worst area [...]


    12. "Life is a series of cycles—each nothing but new people, new memories, and eventually, a new ending." I've been working in the Emergency Department at the local hospital for 4 years now and there are very few professionals I admire and love more than our paramedics and EMTs. I've seen them rushing in from literal hell and never waver. I've seen them do more than their duty calls for. It was fascinating to see the world through their eyes for once. I only ever see the after. I know every word w [...]


    13. Take a former journalist; make him a paramedic in a high-poverty, high-danger area for a decade; then turn him loose again to write about it, and he will play his readers like violins and make us like it. A Thousand Naked Strangers is a high octane, gloriously visceral ride in an ambulance and out of one, through Southeast Atlanta, Georgia. Thank you to Net Galley and to Scribner for the DRC. Since I read multiple galleys at a time and I loved this one best, I tried to feed it to myself in small [...]


    14. I ended up returning it to the library, reading only about 1/3 of the book. Maybe it was that it was written from a paramedic perspective that conflicted with my nurse brain (doubt it, as I really do appreciate the role that paramedics play, they are indeed my own "phone a friend" in my work world). More than likely, the library got returned because I had other books show up that seemed to better match my reading mode.Might try and re-visit it againbut for now many book, so little time to read.


    15. Interesting peek into the life of an EMT medic. Now that I have read this book, I think medic is one of the most unappreciated job categories in society. The book is written with a lot of humor. Some of it can get morbid. Its a page turner. The author keeps it short and funny.


    16. I've been wanting to read this since I listened to Kevin Hazzard speak at the Tucson Festival of Books back in March. He was funny and engaging so I immediately put the book on my "want to read" list but a lot of stuff gets on there and never gets read. A couple of weeks ago I stumbled on the audio CD at my public library so I checked it out. A bit of serendipity which, for me, is always the best way to come to a book. George Newbern does the narration and he held my interest throughout.Kevin Ha [...]


    17. Meet Author Kevin Hazzard, a Grady Memorial Hospital EMT turned paramedic, an inspired soul who wanted to make a change and a difference after 9/11. Here in the years following and in our May book choice, A Thousand Naked Strangers, he's working the raw streets of Hotlanta via ambulance. With wit, charm, and a spare-no-detail writing passion, the multi-talented Kevin Hazzard has taken us all on a narrative ride of his life in the fast lane, from a nervous wonder, chomping-at-the-bit beginning, t [...]


    18. One man's memoir of his time in Emergency Medical Services (first as an EMT, then as a paramedic). I learned a lot about EMS, and the book is chock full of stories about weirdos, if you like that sort of thing (I do). Personally, however, I found Hazzard's irreverent tone very off-putting. I get that gallows humor is a thing amongst people who see a lot of human misery on a day-to-day basis. I don't have a problem with it. What bothered me was all the stuff about "the perfect call," his obsessio [...]


    19. Since I saw the movie Bringing Out the Dead, I have been sad that I didn't choose to be a paramedic. One of my best friends from college had a brother who dropped out of law school his junior year to become a paramedic and I remember being so intrigued. It's the magic of being a doctor without the ego. He described it as awful, wondrous chaos and sometimes they had waffles. I immediately regretted my choice in career.This book was funny, gritty and realistic. Hazzard's writing is not the best, b [...]


    20. ARC received from: NetgalleyRating: 4*Cover: YayOne-Sentence Summary: An inside look at the professional life of an EMT/paramedic in AtlantaReview: This book was really interesting and I felt like I got a full account of the good, the bad, and the ugly. It was a bit gory in places but that was to be expected given the subject matter. I would definitely recommend to people wanting to find out what the true experience of being a paramedic is like.


    21. I was intrigued to read this since my boyfriend is a medic. I enjoyed sharing some of what I read with him. He agreed it was all accurate. Sometime between reading about the man with maggots eating his face and the patient they checked for a rectal tone I looked at him and realized he'd been sheltering me from the worst experiences. Even though Hazzard says it doesn't necessarily take a special person to be a medic, I believe it does. I have nothing but admiration for this profession and the wom [...]


    22. But as always, lessons are drawn from mistake, not victories. That quote from the book stuck with me. Because it's true. It's true in every aspect of our lives. I want to thank the EMTs, the paramedics, the firemen, the police, the doctors, the nurses, the security guards and every other everyday hero. These are the people who run towards danger to help others. The ones who do it everyday. The ones who are heroes. Thank you. Thank you for saving other people even though you sometimes have to ris [...]


    23. I so enjoyed this book, not only for the story it tells but also for the writing style. Kevin Hazzard relates his experiences of 10 years in the EMS/medic world. Fascinating!



    24. uTc Book Club Review (Hillary's Pick):WHAT I LIKED:- (C): I appreciated this book so much more once I knew that it was nonfiction. The stories def were gripping and I can honestly say I have learned much about the world of EMTs.- (T): " This book made me think about all the stories I hear in my own career, working in the helping profession. I never thought about what an EMT goes through, how similar it could be. I liked reading about his career journey, through the lens of an autobigraphy in sho [...]


    25. I'm not sure why I still read these workplace memoirs. I never really get much out of them, and I often feel like the author is self aggrandizing and trying too hard to make his mundane job seem way more epic than it actually is. At least being a paramedic in urban Atlanta could arguably be considered epic; there's death and bloodshed and it's obvious that paramedics have better stories than hotel doormen or travel writers or other vocations that have been the fodder of so-so memoirists. Still, [...]


    26. If weird ambulance stories are what you're after, then this book has them in spades. It's also a deeply disturbing account of how easy it is for a paramedic to burn out fielding insane, sad, and just plain nasty calls from the masses of humanity. Though Hazzard tries to lighten up the madness of the EMS system with jokes, it was still just too depressing for me to laugh. Seriously, paramedics and EMTs need a higher salary, more respect in the medical hierarchy, and maybe a little free therapy. A [...]


    27. Loved it! I was particularly struck by the relationships that Kevin develops with Chris, his mentor, and later Marty. These were such deep and meaningful relationships that show how experiences can really build bonds. I also think he does a great job of describing how medical providers view patients on multiple levels: with a sense of caring and duty to serve as a person, but also as just another case or "call" since there are so many. It's what causes the morbid humor and desensitization that s [...]


    28. Admittedly, my reading tastes are all over the place, but I LOVE this book. I tend to be drawn to the weird, but real, and this book offers plenty of both. Kevin Hazzard leaves his job at a newspaper to become an EMT on an ambulance. He then works whole training to be a medic on an ambulance. He finds he is drawn to the drama of the nightshift in sketchy neighborhoods of Atlanta. His descriptions of his encounters with "a thousand naked strangers" were compelling, heartbreaking, hair-raising and [...]


    29. This memoir is to emergency medical services what Kitchen Confidential is to the restaurant business, and Heads in Beds to the hotel business. It's an interesting window into a job with snappy, witty, you-won't-believe-what-goes-on narrative. Yet compared to the other two books, it doesn't develop or endear you to the other characters, maybe because they rotate in and out of the author's sphere too quickly, leaving the author, and you, a bit down and lonely.


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