Literary Circle - August 15

For the month of August, we will be reading A Thousand Naked Strangers. The discussion will take place at the home of Pam Overby at 10:00 on August 15th.

The author of this book, Kevin Hazzad, is a former paramedic. The book is a visceral,
poignant, and funny account of a decade spent on Atlanta’s mean streets saving lives and connecting with drama and the occasional beauty that lies inside catastrophe.

In the aftermath of 9/11, Kevin felt something was missing from his life. His days were too safe, too routine. 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 26, a newly minted EMT running calls in the worst sections of Atlanta.

He was thoroughly intimidated at first, and frequently terrified as he experienced on a nightly basis the adrenaline rush of walking into chaos. Combining incredible scenes that remind us of life’s fragile beauty with laugh-out-loud moments that keep us smiling through the worst. This is an absorbing read about one man’s journey of self-discovery.

For more information about the Literary Circle, please contact Mary Louise Selzer at or call 363-1618. We meet the 3rd Monday of each month.