Tim Stack
March 16, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Hyper-Chondriac

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Brian Frazer
publisher
Atria
genre
Nonfiction, Memoir

We gave it an A-

Hyper-Chondriac, Brian 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-

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